Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for August 2021

Wow, it’s already August! I know for some people this is the time to enjoy peak summer, but I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and here August is usually just something to be endured (with the only relief coming from the occasional hurricane). But autumn is on the horizon!


There are a couple of new releases this month, starting off with The Boleyns of Hever Castle by Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway, which is out today in both the UK and US. Hever is definitely one of those high on my ‘revisit list’ for some future return to the UK. I visited on my first trip in 1998 and haven’t been back there on any subsequent visit so I’m overdue to go back!

And the latest work by Amy Licence Woodsmoke and Sage: The Five Senses 1485-1603: How the Tudors Experienced the World will be out near the end of the month in the UK and later in the year in the US under the title Living Like a Tudor: Woodsmoke and Sage: A Sensory Journey Through Tudor England. UK or US edition – it’s a very evocative title!


The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park will once again be marking the anniversary of the battle that launched the Tudor Dynasty with a week of activities and events – both in person and online this year! The Bosworth Medieval Medley will run from August 16 to 22 and includes themed walks, online presentations, and more! Please see the link for schedules, ticket information, and COVID safety measures.

Continuing Exhibitions

No new exhibitions this month, but the ones I’ve mentioned in the last few months are continuing on!

The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition. I’m not sure of the end date on this one, but I’m guessing it will be on for a while since it was delayed for so long.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) opened 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 they finally started on May 20 of this year.

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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