A few small updates

Sorry for the lack of anything on this blog for nearly two weeks. We had our annual board meeting at work at the beginning of February and literaly 12 hours after it finished, I woke up sick and have been dealing with that ever since. I’m almost back to 100% now though!

Over the weekend I sorted through some links that I’ve had saved for a while and finally added them to the Links of Interest section. I also did some reading and note taking and now need to get down to the library and photocopy some of Statutes of the Realm…

Book News – The Last Boleyn by Karen Harper

Karen Harper, who has written several mysteries featuring Elizabeth I has now turned her pen to Mary Boleyn. The novel will be coming out at the end of February in the US and UK. You can pre-order it by clicking the link below and help support this website through the Amazon Associates program.

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Another article on the Greenwich chapel

From The Bexley Times, with some new pictures:

A ROYAL chapel last seen more than 350 years ago and used by three generations of monarchs has been uncovered by gardeners.

The original brickwork of a 16th century royal chapel, built by Henry VII, was discovered during work to relay pavements at the Old Royal naval College, Greenwich.

Full article here

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Spanish Ambassador to honour Katherine of Aragon

PETERBOROUGH will get its first visit from the Spanish Ambassador on Monday as he pays tribute to one of history’s most famous figures.

Carlos Mirana is due to visit the city for the Katharine of Aragon commemorative service, as this year marks two decades’ of Peterborough’s twinning with Alcala, in Spain, where the first wife of Henry VIII was born.

The former queen is buried in Peterborough Cathedral, making the anniversary of her death an important fixture in the city’s calendar.
A service is due to take place on Monday, to mark the 470th anniversary of her death.

Full article here

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Henry VII’s Chapel Found at Greenwich

The existence of the chapel, part of the Royal Palace of Placentia, a Tudor favourite but pulled down in the 17th century to be replaced by Greenwich Hospital – now the Old Naval College – has long been known from paintings and records.

But until a bulldozer’s bucket scraped against brickwork a month ago, no physical evidence of the chapel had ever been discovered.

Full article from The Telegraph here

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A few changes to the main page

I’ve made a couple of changes to the main page in my experimentation with Google Ads. I have been hesitant to put advertising on the site, but I would like to be able to have the site pay for itself now. I’ve been getting some money from purchases through the Cafe Press store, but right now it’s only bringing in about a quarter of the total yearly cost.

I’ll try to keep the ads to a minimum and as unobtrusive as possible. I’ll probably be messing around with stuff on and off over the next few weeks, so things may change for day to day!

Article from the Scotsman on “The Virgin Queen”


A COSTUME drama about Queen Elizabeth I hardly seems the thing to create controversy, but that is exactly what Paula Milne’s new four-part series for BBC1, The Virgin Queen, has managed to provoke. However it’s not for the reason you might suspect – Milne’s Elizabeth may seem like a modern woman full of recognisable desires, but there is no suggestion that she physically consummated any of her relationships with her many suitors. The Virgin Queen remains a virgin. No, what is troubling purists is that Milne – despite being offered the services of Simon Schama and David Starkey – instead chose among her sources a populist book for teenagers – The Terrible Tudors, which is peppered with lavatory humour – which came from a list of books suggested to Milne by a London headmaster.

Full article here

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Possible portrait of Lady Jane Grey?

A portrait that had been hanging in a house in south-west London for the past 100 years may turn out to be the only authenticated portrait of Lady Jane.

Article from The Telegraph
Article from the Guardian
Report from Channel 4

Thank you to all the folks who pointed out these articles and reports!

Update: Here is a BBC article. They have an “enlarge image” view which shows a little more of the portrait, although not in any great detail.

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Article on Alison Weir and her latest book

An interesting article about the prolific Alison Weir, including a bit about her upcoming projects. One thing mentioned that I don’t think was in the article I posted back in October is that her next fictional book (after the upcoming Lady Jane Grey one) will be about Kathryn Howard. Could be interesting!

Thanks to Linda for passing the link along!

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Here’s looking forward to a good 2006!

I saw a preview of the “Madness of Henry VIII” while watching the National Geographic channel last night. It looks like it could be fun. With all the programs about Elizabeth and the wives of Henry VIII, it will be interesting to see if Henry himself is the focus of this one, since it’s time for the ol’ man to get a show of his own. Now if someone would take an interest in some of the other Tudors (Henry VII, Elizbeth of York, Mary Rose, Margaret of Scotland, Margaret Beaufort, etc. … I wouldn’t mind some good Wars of the Roses programs either).

If I remember correctly, in the past I’ve put some “plans for the site” here on January 1st, so I guess I should do it again. Of course, a lot of the plans I’ve had in past years still haven’t made it to the web, so maybe my goal should be to just try to do more of what I hoped to do in the past. Seriously though, I’ve been downloading some journal papers over the past few weeks on a variety of topics, but I haven’t had much time to take notes and work on some write-ups for the site. Heck, I didn’t even get my Christmas shopping done until Christmas Eve this year! (Actually, it’s still not completely done, since my boyfriend and I still haven’t gotten gifts for each other yet!) It was a very busy finish to the year in 2005, but I’m not taking a class in the spring so hopefully that will free up a little more time. We shall see!

Have a wonderful New Year everyone!

Couple of Tudor related programs in the New Year

I’ve been holding off on posting about this first one until I got a little more information on it. It’s called “The Madness of Henry VIII” and will be on the National Geographic Channel starting on Sunday, January 8th. Click the link to go to their site to search for times and replay dates. Here’s a short description of the program:

“This portrait of the larger-than-life Tudor monarch uses recreations and remarks by experts to explore how the mercurial Henry manipulated people around him, including his six wives.”

If you search, you’ll also see in the results the Mysteries of the Deep episode with the Mary Rose as a bonus Tudor program!

The other program is one that has already aired in the UK, but will be coming to the US (and Canada?) in 2006. I was watching something or another on HBO a few days ago and saw a montage of shows coming in 2006 and saw a snippet of the Elizabeth I program starring Helen Mirren. I don’t have info on exact dates yet, but I’ll post them when I find out more.

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Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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Royals of England: A Guide for Readers, Travelers, and Genealogists

This came in the day I left for Ohio… sorry it’s taken me a while to post it. Things were a bit busier than I expected this week!

Royals of England: A Guide for Readers, Travelers, and Genealogists [ISBN 0-595-37312-7], by Kathleen Spaltro and Noeline Bridge, will be available through iUniverse’s extensive worldwide distribution network, which includes barnesandnoble.com and amazon.com. It will also be available by order at Barnes and Noble bookstores.

Royals of England offers lively biographies of royal personages that accompany detailed accounts of geographic sites and websites. Placed in chronological order, each profile can easily be read as a self-contained narrative. With the information provided by authors Kathleen Spaltro and Noeline Bridge, you’ll be able to design a tour around a royal person of interest or search out all the royal persons associated with a certain locale. Fifty family trees, one or more for most chapters, help you identify members of different royal houses. You’ll be able to determine how the Jacobite Pretenders passed their claim to the Kings of Sardinia, or how Lettice Knollys, wife to Leicester and mother to Essex, was related to Elizabeth I. Royals of England provides a useful resource for history enthusiasts, travelers, and genealogists alike.

The section on the Tudors begins with Catherine of Valois and Owen Tudor and their sons Edmund and Jasper. The next chapter discusses Edmund’s wife Margaret Beaufort. There is also a separate chapter on the Six Queens of Henry VIII.


Kathleen Spaltro
Spaltro Editorial Services

Coauthor, Royals of England:
A Guide for Readers, Travelers, and Genealogists

Editor, Genealogy and Indexing