Sunday Short Takes

Sorry I’ve gotten so far behind again… Some of this is kind of old news now, but still worthwhile to link to.

* Art Fund and Royal Museums Greenwich launch appeal to save Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I
& Britain has two months to raise £10m to save most famous Armada portrait of Elizabeth IThe portrait, one of the most famous in existence, has been privately held by the Tyrwhitt-Drake family for generations, and is now up for sale

* Sad news – Tudor historian David Loades passed away last month. I first saw it mentioned in the Society of Antiquaries newsletter from May 23.

* Revealed: the monastic treasures Henry VIII’s men missedA new museum at the ruins of Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire offers glimpses of the life Henry VIII’s commissioners attempted to wipe out: from gold coins, as testament to the Cistercian house’s once great wealth, to religious carvings, monastic drinking vessels and 11th century chess pieces.

* Henry VIII returns home to Hampton Court PalaceThis portrait of Henry, painted during the final years of his reign, is one of the most important in existence, and one of the few surviving painted during the King’s lifetime. It is based on a likeness produced in the workshop of Hans Holbein, Henry’s court artist and one of the greatest of all portrait painters. While several other versions of this portrait survive, this copy – in the collection of Castle Howard for over 300 years – is considered to be among the finest.

* From The Society of Antiquaries – UNLOCKING OUR COLLECTIONS: Portrait of Mary IOur guest curator, Diana Scarisbrick, FSA, is a historian specializing in jewelry and engraved gems, and is the author of several books, including Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty and Tudor and Jacobean Jewellery, 1508-1625. Below, she explains the significance and symbolism of the jewels in our portrait of Mary I.

* Historic England is looking for the public’s help to Enrich the List99% of people in England live within a mile of a listed building or place. We invite you to share your knowledge and pictures of listed places with us, so we can record important facts, and even unlock the secrets of some places.

And finally –

* FutureLearn Course: A History of Royal Food and Feasting – More information here: A History of Royal Food and Feasting


  1. Very sad news about Loades. I enjoyed many of his books, especially his studies of Mary Tudor.

    The article on Mary’s portrait jewelry was fascinating. Scarisbrick says the reliquary worn by the queen was “outlawed” and “destroyed” in Elizabeth’s reign; I can’t really see jewel-lover Elizabeth voluntarily allowing a piece of jewelry – especially historic family jewelry – to be destroyed, but I suppose Scarisbrick knows whereof she writes.

  2. Agreed on David Loades, I really enjoyed his first (?) book on Mary – “Mary Tudor: A Life”, although I haven’t gotten around to the newer one.

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