Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for May 2021

How are we already 1/3 of the way into 2021? Although my notion of time has really been messed up since March 2020 anyway…

Nathen Amin’s Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck, and Warwick that was released last month in the UK is due out in the US on May 15:

And in new Tudor history books out this month, Franny Moyle’s The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein will be out at the end of the month in the UK and in the fall in the US. I’m always happy to see more work on Holbein the man, in addition to Holbein the artist.


So great to see that a lot of exhibitions are finally opening up! Some of these have been on my radar for over a year and a half now. And I missed this first one until shortly after I posted last month’s round-up:

The Philip Mould Gallery in London has an exhibition of Elizabethan & Jacobean portraiture called Love’s Labour’s Found that opened on April 21 and will run through May 28.

I think this exhibit was open for a short while before the pandemic set in, but regardless, now it’s back on starting May 17! The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) will be opening in Greenwich on May 28 and will run through October 31.

The celebrations of the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King at Hampton Court Palace were delayed for about a year, but now they are finally due to start on May 20.

And finally, the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley at Burghley House were also delayed because of the pandemic, but the did begin this year starting back in March and will run throughout the year.

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