Upcoming Books and Events for May 2016

I meant to get this post up several days ago but the virus I mentioned a couple of weeks ago has continued to kick my butt so it took a little longer to get around to it than I had anticipated!


The US release of Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger’s In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII will be on May 19, coincidentally the 480th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution. The book was released in the UK in March.

And in the good timing department – releasing today is Charles Brandon – The King’s Man by Sarah Bryson.

John Guy’s latest Tudor work, Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years, which covers the later years of the Queen’s reign, will be released on May 3 in the US and May 5 in the UK.

The first novel in Alison Weir’s Six Tudor Queens series Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen will be released May 5 in the UK and May 31 in the US.

Kristie Dean’s newest book, On the Trail of Richard III will be out on May 5 in the UK and the US edition will be released later in the summer.

Next up is The Reluctant Ambassador: The Life and Times of Sir Thomas Chaloner, a Tudor Diplomat by Dan O’Sullivan, which is out May 15 in the UK and will be out in July in the US.

And finally for this month – The Private Lives of the Tudors by Tracy Borman is out May 19 in the UK and July 12 in the US.

New Event

Alison Weir will give a talk entitled Richard III: The Man and the Myth in conjunction with the Red Rose Chain’s production of Shakespeare’s Richard III at The Avenue Theatre in Ipswich on Saturday May 7 at 6:00 p.m. Click the link for more details!

Continuing Exhibitions

Ending this month:

Westminster Abbey’s 500 Years of Wonder will celebrate the quincentennial of the completion of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel with some special events between April 21st and May 5 including a concert, services, and lectures.

By me William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing opened at the National Archives on February 3 and will run through May 29 and features Shakespeare’s will as the centerpiece of the exhibition.

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin launched Shakespeare in Print and Performance on December 21, 2015 and it will run through May 29, 2016. (I finally got a chance to go over and see this on my lunch hour a few weeks ago and I’ll have a write-up sometime soon.)

And things you still have a little more time to catch:

America’s Shakespeare opened on April 7 and will run through July 24 and is the second of three exhibitions they will put on, in addition to other events, during their year-long Wonder of Will celebrations.

The British Library’s Shakespeare in Ten Acts opened April 15 and will run through September 6. The exhibition is a “Journey through 400 years of history – from the first productions of Hamlet and The Tempest – to understand how Shakespeare’s plays have been transformed for new generations of theatre-goers.”

Oxford’s Bodleian Library will run Shakespeare’s Dead from April 22 to September 4. This exhibition will examine the theme of Death in Shakespeare’s works. It “provides a unique take on the subject by exploring how Shakespeare used the anticipation of death, the moment of death and mourning the dead as contexts to bring characters to life. … Shakespeare’s Dead also looks at last words spoken, funerals and mourning as well as life after death, including ghosts and characters who come back to life.”

Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee opened January 18 and will run through July 29, 2016 at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

Windsor Castle will host Shakespeare in the Royal Library from February 13 through January 1, 2017 and includes works of Shakespeare collected by the royal family, accounts of performances at Windsor Castle, and art by members of the royal family inspired by Shakespeare’s plays.

Shakespeare Documented – Celebrating 400 years of William Shakespeare with an online exhibition documenting Shakespeare in his own time. The partners in this exhibition include The Bodleian Libraries at the University of Oxford, The British Library, The Folger Shakespeare Library, The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, and The National Archives. The exhibition will continue to expand throughout the year.

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