Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for September 2021

Welcome September!! (well, in a few days). Even though we lucked out and didn’t have a soul-sucking and miserable summer here in central Texas this year (I think the weather gods were trying to apologize for The Big Freeze back in February) I’m ALWAYS ready for it to be fall!

Books

A few new releases this month!

The Tudor Times has created two new “Book of Days” that will be released this month. I have their Tudor Book of Days that was released a few years ago and it’s lovely so I expect these will be wonderful as well.

The first is Queen Elizabeth I Book of Days which will be released, appropriately, on Elizabeth’s birthday – September 7!

And the second is Mary Queen of Scots Book of Days which also has an appropriate release date – September 9, the anniversary of Mary’s coronation as Queen of Scotland.

And also this month, Sarah Gristwood’s latest work, The Tudors in Love: The Courtly Code Behind the Last Medieval Dynasty will be released on September 23 in the UK (no US release info yet, but I’ll keep an eye out!).

Events

The Society of Antiquaries have a couple of upcoming online lectures in conjunction with their virtual exhibit Henry VIII: Defender of the Faith?. And you can see past lectures on their YouTube Channel! The lectures are free, but you must register in advance. More information on each talk at the links:

First up – The Boleyns: Behind the Scenes of A Scandalous Family by Dr. Lauren Mackay and Dr. Estelle Paranque will be on September 3 at 1:00 p.m. (13.00) UK time.

And a few weeks later – Queenship in Early Modern England? will be presented by Professor Susan Doran on September 14, also at 1:00 p.m. (13.00) UK time.

Entertainment

The Royal Shakespeare Company‘s production of the theatrical adaptation of The Mirror and the Light – the third book of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall Trilogy – will open at the Gielgud Theatre in London on September 23 and will run through November 28.

Continuing Exhibitions

This one closes on September 5 so time is running out!

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.

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.

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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