Rediscovered Holbein to be auctioned

I have been getting news alerts on this story for a few days, but I was waiting for one of the stories to actually run a picture of the portrait before I posted it. Thankfully the BBC finally came through! The portrait is a large version of a relatively well-known miniature of Thomas Wyatt the Younger, which you can see here.

From the BBC article:

A recently rediscovered painting by Hans Holbein is expected to fetch between

First episode of TudorCast now posted

After taking about three weeks longer to do than I had originally planned, I finally have the first episode of TudorCast posted. Head on over to the TudorCast page to learn more about it!

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TudorCast #1 – May 2006

Well, here it is at last, the first full episode of TudorCast! Sorry that it took a little longer to get posted than I had hoped.

Show notes:

Website of the month – Gode Cookery

All music in this episode is by the group La Primavera.

You can listen to the complete tracks, as well as the other tunes on this album, at

Opening/introduction music: Excerpt from “Greensleeves”

Between the News Recap and the Website of the Month: Excerpt from “Wolsey’s Wilde”

Between the Website of the Month and This Month in Tudor History: Excerpt from “Volt and La Primavera”

Between This Month in Tudor History and Texts from the Tudor Period: another excerpt from “Greensleeves”

Between Texts from the Tudor Period and Reviews and Closing Comments: Excerpt from “Bransle de Malte”

Closing music: Excerpt from “Oxenford”

Episode transcript

Direct mp3 download

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Next Philippa Gregory Tudor novel

Philippa Gregory continues on with writing about the Tudors, this time going a few years after the death of Anne Boleyn. It won’t be released until September in th UK and December in the US, but you can pre-order through Amazon at the links below.

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Bothwell descendant fights for reputation

From The Herald

A descendant of James Bothwell, who was famed for raping and abducting Mary Queen of Scots and murdering her husband, is attempting to restore his reputation.
Sir Alastair Buchan-Hepburn is undergoing DNA testing to establish that remains held in Denmark are those of the fourth earl of Bothwell, to whom he is related. He hopes to bring his ancestor’s remains back to Scotland for a Christian burial.

Full article

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Royal Cate

I wasn’t planning on doing blow-by-blow coverage of all the news of the new film, but I had to share this since it is such a lovely picture.

Full article and photo

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New episode coming soon!

The May issue has been recorded, but now I need to do some editing and plug in some music. If I don’t get it done today, look for it on Monday (the 22nd).

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Introducing… TudorCast!

Yes, I’ve finally been bitten by the podcasting bug! For those of you who don’t know what a podcast is, this Wikipedia article is pretty good at explaining it all. I’m still working on writing up all the instructions for how to subscribe and adding links to the iTunes directory etc., but if you have iTunes and are familiar with podcasts, you can just search the directory for “TudorCast” and it will show up.

Here is the website for the podcast, which has all the show information and direct links to the mp3s, as well as the links for subscribing with a podcast grabber:

I only have the introductory episode up so far, but the first full episode is in the works. Stay tuned!

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New Holbein Exhibit in London

From the BBC:

Portraits of Henry VIII, his third wife Jane Seymour and their son Edward are to be hung together for the first time since Henry himself owned them.

The works by 16th Century court painter Hans Holbein the Younger will go on display in an exhibition at the Tate Britain in London in September.

It will feature 30 portrait drawings, six paintings and several miniatures from the Royal Collection, along with some of Holbein’s jewellery designs.

Full article

Update 1: more links

Another article from the Independent

And from the Guardian

And from The Times

Update 2: one more…

From the Telegraph

Update 3:
I completely forgot to add a link to the Tate and their own page for the exhibition (including ticket information). Here it is – Holbein in England: 28 September 2006

Cast news for Showtime “The Tudors” series

From Reuters:

Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam and Henry Cavill have joined the cast of Showtime’s Henry VIII drama “The Tudors.”

Neill will play Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII’s most important government minister, who possessed great power until he failed to secure for Henry a divorce from Catherine of Aragon.

Northam will play famed lawyer, writer and politician Sir Thomas More, who is chiefly remembered for his principled refusal to accept Henry VIII’s claim to be the supreme head of the Church of England, a decision that ended his political career and led to his execution as a traitor.

Cavill will play Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Brandon was Henry VIII’s closest friend, but their friendship was sorely tested when Brandon secretly married Henry’s favorite sister, the beautiful Princess Mary Tudor.

Full article

I’m excited to see Sam Neill in the cast, although he might not be rotund enough for Wolsey!

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TudorCast Introductory Episode

Welcome to the introductory episode of TudorCast! This is a little about myself and what I hope to do with the podcast.

Show notes: Not much for this one except to note that the music pieces I used are from Jon Sayles and are a combination of the pieces Now is the Month of Maying and Sweet Nymph come to thy lover.

Episode transcript

Direct mp3 download

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Slightly off-topic: Happy Birthday Queen Elizabeth II!

Celebrating the Queen’s 80th Birthday

The reason I say “slightly” off-topic, instead of just plain off-topic is that Elizabeth II is a descendent of Henry VII. Okay, maybe that’s stretching it, but it was a good opportunity for me to finally put up the big genealogical tree from William the Conqueror to Elizabeth II that has been rotting on my thumbdrive forever. I meant to put this up ages ago but it got lost in the shuffle. You can see the file here (120K jpg).

I am hoping that this is the first of many of these I’ll put together in the future. I had always wanted to try my hand at making my own charts in Photoshop (instead of trying to mark them up in HTML) so people could download or print them as references. A lot of books will put the basic one (Henry VII to Elizabeth), but there are other families that might be useful, so maybe I’ll get some of those up too. I also want to redo a couple of the images I have on the site now, which were scanned from books. I am pretty sure there are a couple of errors in the one of the Descent of Henry VIII’s wives from Edward I, so I might redo (and slightly simplify) that one. I also would like I better one of the descent from Henry VII to James VI/I.

For now, back to sorting through Church and nobility titles… I’ve been doing a big update on that section and it is taking for bloody ever!

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Press release for Anne Boleyn book

Hello folks! As promised in the post from last week, here is the press release for the Joanna Denny book, Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen

Here’s an excerpt:

No queen has made more impact on the history of England than Anne Boleyn, yet most accounts of her life thus far have been passed down to us by her detractors. Denny’s biography offers a bold new interpretation of Boleyn, demonstrating that she wasn’t the evil temptress of myth, but rather a devout Protestant, an intellectual, and a dutiful queen.

You can download a PDF of the full release here

Want to be *IN* the new Elizabeth I movie?

Do you look pale and interesting?

Men with beards and pale, interesting ladies step forward – you could be in line for a part in a major new film.

Cambridge residents will have the chance to act in a sequel to the Oscar-winning 1998 film, Elizabeth. Producers are looking for extras for The Golden Age, parts of which will be filmed in Cambridge and Ely this May.

Find out more here

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