Picture of the Week #723

Reconstruction of Richard III at the Richard III Visitor Centre, Leicester, England. Photo May 2015.

I could have sworn that I had already used this photo but apparently I hadn’t so I thought I would post it today for Richard’s birthday.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for October 2022

Happy October! We still haven’t gotten our first big cold front of the season here in Texas yet, but at least the worst of the heat is over for the year! (I hope… this is Texas after all…)

Books

Another for the “remember to check out from the library” list – The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women’s Writing in English, 1540-1700 edited by Elizabeth Scott-Bauman, Danielle Clarke, and Sarah C. E. Ross will be out in mid-October in the UK and in December in the US. Since it’s an academic work, it’s very pricey, but it looks really interesting!

And another academic work from the summer that I missed is another work in the Queenship and Power series: Tudor and Stuart Consorts: Power, Influence, and Dynasty edited by Aidan Norrie, Carolyn Harris, J. L. Laynesmith, Danna R. Messer and, Elena Woodacre was released back in July in both the UK and the US:

And yet another book that I missed from the summer, Imprisoning Mary Queen of Scots: The Men Who Kept the Stuart Queen by Mickey Mayhew was released at the end of August in the UK and a couple of weeks ago in the US:

And finally, although it’s a little early to start thinking about Christmas, you can get a head start with ‘Twas The Night Before Tudor Christmas written by Laura Loney and illustrated by Kathryn Holeman. The book contains activities, games, ideas and recipes in addition to the story told through poetry.

New Exhibitions

The Tudor: Art and Majesty in Renaissance England will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York on October 10, 2022 and will run through January 8, 2023. I might have to order the exhibition catalogue for this one!

Continuing Exhibitions

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Court, her childhood home of Hever Castle is putting on the exhibition Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court. The exhibition opened on March 4 and runs through November and is included with admission to the castle.

Picture of the Week #720

Royal Standard above the Round Tower at Windsor Castle. Photo May 2015.

I was trying to think of a good picture to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II this past Thursday and chose another view of the Royal Standard at Windsor Castle, since both of the times I visited the castle she was in residence.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for September 2022

Welcome September! Even though it is often still quite hot here in Texas in September, there is at least the possibility that it will start to feel like fall by the end of the month. And after a pretty brutal summer (still not as bad as 2011 though) I’m really ready for the fall. Oh, who are we kidding… I’m ALWAYS ready for fall!

Books

One that I missed from August – Interpreting the Death of Edward VI: The Life and Mysterious Demise of the Last Tudor King by Kyra Kramer (who has previously written about the health of Henry VIII) came out at the end of August in the UK and will be out in the fall in the US.

And a book that I mentioned in the last round-up has been moved up to September for a US release – Arthur Plantagenet: Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Uncle by Sarah-Beth Watkins.

And in new releases, Emma J. Wells Heaven on Earth: The Lives and Legacies of the World’s Greatest Cathedrals will be released at the beginning of the month in the UK. I don’t have a US release date yet, but I’ll update the post (or add it in a future round-up) once I find out more. I hope it does come out soon in the US because I’d really like to buy this book and I don’t want to pay the postage to order from the UK! (Updated to add – the US release date ended up being at the end of September)

Continuing Exhibitions

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Court, her childhood home of Hever Castle is putting on the exhibition Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court. The exhibition opened on March 4 and runs through November and is included with admission to the castle.

Picture of the Week #718

Village of Collyweston in Northamptonshire, England. Photo May 2015.

Something a little different this week – an evening view of the village and landscape out of the window of my room at The Collyweston Slater (highly recommended place to eat, drink, and/or stay if you’re in the area!). Collyweston was the site of the grand house of Margaret Beaufort, although little of it remains today. Unfortunately I didn’t really have time to explore the area but since the village was in a convenient place along the route I was driving I couldn’t resist at least staying the night there. Hopefully I’ll have a chance to get back there and explore the area a bit more.

Picture of the Week #715

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

Since we’re in the grasp of an even-more-atrocious-than-normal Texas summer and all of our lawns are brown and crunchy, I needed to see some green! This shot of the cottage is a really hard one to get without a lot of tourists in the way, so here’s where I’ll confess to Photoshopping a couple of people out of it. Content-aware-fill FTW!

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for August 2022

Books

One that I missed from a couple of months back – another book in the “Queenship and Power” series came out, this time focusing on Mary I, Writing Mary I: History, Historiography, and Fiction edited by Valerie Schutte and Jessica S. Hower. This is academically priced so it’s probably one to look for the in the library.

And Sarah-Beth Watkins’ latest work focuses on a figure that I haven’t seen too much about – Arthur Plantagenet: Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Uncle. It came out at the end of July and will be out in the fall in the US:

Continuing Exhibitions

Ending in August – The Tudors: Passion, Power, and Politics is now on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. The exhibition opened on May 21, 2022 and runs through August 29, 2022. The exhibit will display, for the first time in 20 years, the Westminster Tournament Roll that features John Blanke (read more in this article from The Guardian).

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Court, her childhood home of Hever Castle is putting on the exhibition Becoming Anne: Connections, Culture, Court. The exhibition opened on March 4 and runs through November and is included with admission to the castle.

Picture of the Week #713

Window at Framlingham Castle. Photo May 2015.

Even though I just used a Framlingham Castle photo in early June, I had to use one this week since it’s the anniversary of Mary I asserting her claim to the throne and ending Jane Grey’s 9-day reign. I think there is some debate about the effectiveness of the castle’s defenses (at least by the mid-16th century), but this narrow, deep-set window shows that it seems to have some defensive strengths.