Upcoming books for April 2021

Events and exhibitions seem to still be on hold for a little while although it looks like some will be resuming soon. But the publishing schedules seems to finally be getting back to normal, so it’s time for a new book round-up!

First up is Sarah-Beth Watkins Elizabeth I’s Last Favorite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex which was just released in the UK and will be out in the US in a few days. I’m trying to remember of any recent books on Essex himself and not just part of an examination of the reign of Elizabeth I, so this is good to see!

Next is King & Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship by Linda Collins and Siobhan Clarke which will be out in April in the UK and in November in the US (although it appears the Kindle version will be released in April in the US as well – the link below is for the hardcover pre-order). This looks to be an interesting exploration of Henry VIII as a patron of the arts, especially for art on his favorite subject – himself! 😀

I’ve been looking forward to Nathen Amin’s latest book, Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck, and Warwick for a while so I’m glad to see it finally coming out in April in the UK and in May in the US. I think this was one of several books of people I follow on Twitter that got hit by COVID delays.

This next book in the Chronos Crime Chronicles series is out at the end of the month and is titled Chronos Crime Chronicles – Jane Parker: The Downfall of Two Tudor Queens? by Charlie Fenton.

Finally, The York Princesses: The daughters of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville by Sarah J. Hodder is out at the end of the month in the UK and the US. I think the other princesses tend to get overshadowed by Elizabeth of York, so it’s nice to see an exploration of her sisters’ lives.

Upcoming book releases for the rest of 2020

My schedule for making these posts is just totally messed up these days, so I’m going to try to do a round-up for a few things I’ve missed and some books I’m anticipating will be released from now through the end of the year. Anything new I come across that comes out in 2020 I’ll put in a post at the end of December or early January.

Books

In recent new releases, Lauren McKay’s Wolf Hall Companion is now out in both the UK and the US.

And Medical Downfall of the Tudors: Sex, Reproduction & Succession by Sylvia Barbara Soberton came out in late October, focussing on what the archives reveal about the medical history of the Tudors.

And coming later this year…

Chronos Crime Chronicles – The Death of Amy Robsart: An Elizabethan Mystery by Sarah-Beth Watkins, first in a new true crime series from Chronos Books, is due out on December 11 in the UK and on January 1 in the US.

Events

I’m not anticipating any more events and exhibitions to be opening in person for the remainder of 2020. There have been a lot of virtual events that I probably should have tried to track and post over recent months but I know it would have been as hopeless as trying to track all of the Tudor-related fiction books that come out!

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Upcoming Books for September 2020

Just a book round-up this month!

I missed a couple of things that did manage to come out in the past couple of months. The publication schedules do seem to still be in flux though so I can’t promise that some of these release dates are 100% accurate!

Previously Released

First up, the third book in Elisabeth Wheeler’s Catherine Howard trilogy, The Queen Shall Fall is now available and can be ordered through her website.

Next up, 1520: The Field of the Cloth of Gold by Amy Licence was released in the UK back in July and will be out September 1 in the US:

New This Month

Lauren Mackay’s Wolf Hall Companion will be out on September 3 in the UK and in October in the US:

Sean Cunningham has written the entry for Henry VII for the Penguin Monarchs series and it *might* be out in the US on September 1 and in June 2021 in the UK. I’m going to go ahead and list it now just in case it does actually release in the US this week. (The Penguin Monarchs edition is the new release, but the paperback version listed with it is actually the bio of Henry VII that Sean Cunningham wrote for the Routledge Historical Biographies series that was published several years ago).

That’s it for this month! I hope you all are doing well. We’re still in “stay at home as much as possible” mode here in central Texas pretty much through the end of the year, so I’m still primarily working from home and only going out for groceries. It’s a little monotonous, but I do like staying out of the Texas summer heat as much as possible! 🙂

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for July 2020

I finally have enough things to do a round-up post again! Yay!

Books

Tudor Textiles by Eleri Lynn was actually released back in April in the UK and US and I completely missed it, so better late than never:

Laura Brennan’s Elizabeth I: The Making of a Queen was released back in April in the UK and is now out in the US too:

Nicola Tallis’ book on Margaret Beaufort Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort, Tudor Matriarch (UK title) Uncrowned Queen: The Life of Margaret Beaufort, Mother of the Tudors (US title) was released back in late 2019 in the UK and will be out in late July in the US:

And finally, Glenn Richardson’s biography Wolsey (part of the Routledge Historical Biographies) will be out July 20 in both the UK and US:

Exhibits

To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, Hampton Court Palace was due to open a new exhibition on April 10, but is now delayed until the Palace interiors re-open on July 17. In the meantime, enjoy the information about it on the Palace’s website.

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition. I would love to see this so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit! (This exhibition is currently closed but this is still some interesting information about the portraits on the page.)

The exhibit has been pushed back to February 2021, so I’ll post it again in the new year!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for April 2020

Books

To the best of my knowledge, these release dates are still accurate, but I do know of a few releases that have been delayed due to the coronavirus shutdowns.

The Man Behind the Tudors: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk by Kirsten Claiden-Yardley came out earlier this year in the UK and will be released on April 21 in the US.

Next up is A Hidden History of the Tower of London by John Paul Davis that came out at the end of February in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US.

And finally, Elizabeth I: The Making of a Queen by Laura Brennan will be out April 30 in the UK and in the summer in the US.

New Exhibitions

I had two new exhibitions on my tracking sheet that were due to open this month, but of course they are both now closed. But I’m going to post them anyway for planning purposes when they do get a chance to open.

The Tudors to Windsors Exhibition that came here to Texas back in 2018 and then travelled to Australia in 2019 is now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It was originally scheduled to open April 3, but it is now delayed until the museum can re-open. In the meantime, enjoy it virtually at this page – Look Inside: Tudors to Windsors.

To celebrate the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, Hampton Court Palace was due to open a new exhibition on April 10, but is now delayed until at least May 31. In the meantime, enjoy the information about it on the Palace’s website.

Continuing Exhibitions

This exhibition is currently closed but this is still some interesting information about the portraits on the page!

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for March 2020

Books

I’m pretty sure most people know that the long-awaited third book in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and the Light will be out in early March! The book will be out March 5 in the UK and March 10 in the US.

Also this month, The Queen’s Sisters: The Lives of the Sisters of Elizabeth Woodville by Sarah J. Hodder will be out March 27 in the UK and April 1 in the US.

Continuing Exhibitions

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for February 2020

Books

The Man Behind the Tudors: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk by Kirsten Claiden-Yardley came out at the end of last month in the UK and will be released in early May is the US:

And later this month, John Paul Davis has A Hidden History of the Tower of London: England’s Most Notorious Prisoners coming out in the UK and it will be out in June in the US. While not solely a Tudor history book, you can’t talk about prisoners in the Tower without talking about the Tudors!

New Exhibitions

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

Continuing Exhibition

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for January 2020

Books

We’ve got a couple of books that came out last year in the UK that will be out in the US to start the new year:

First is Melita Thomas’ The House of Grey: Friends & Foes of Kings which came out last fall in the UK.

Next is the second edition of Tudor Folk Tales by Dave Tonge that will be out in paperback in the US.

And a few new releases at the end of January:

First is an academic work by Alexander Samson Mary and Philip: The Marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain

And second is Sir Francis Bryan: Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Ambassador by Sarah-Beth Watkins:

Events

The annual Katharine of Aragon Festival will be held at Peterborough Cathedral from January 23 – 26, 2020. This year’s program features, among other things, a talk by Melita Thomas and evening of music, drama, and dance from Spain.

Continuing Exhibition

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for November 2019

This is a little late because I’ve been really, really busy and then I got really, really sick (still am, actually). This is one of those times that I’m pretty sure that correlation equals causation!

Books

Michael Hicks’ Richard III: The Self-Made King came out last month in the UK and will be out near the end of November in the US.

In new book releases this month, Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies by Hayley Nolan was released on November 1 in the UK and will be out on December 1 in the US.

And one I’m very much looking forward to – The Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort is out on November 7 in the UK and will be out in the US in 2020.

Continuing Exhibition

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for October 2019

Books

A few books that have already been released in the UK will be out on October 1 in the US. First up is The Flower of All Cities – The History of London from Earliest Times to the Great Fire by Robert Wynn Jones:

And the second is Lovell our Dogge: The Life of Viscount Lovell, Closest Friend of Richard III and Failed Regicide by Michele Schindler:

And one book I missed earlier this summer was The Culture of Castles in Tudor England and Wales by Audrey M. Thorstad, released back in June in the UK and was released on September 20 in the US:

In new books out this month – Michael Hicks has an upcoming biography Richard III: The Self-Made King that will be released on October 22 in the UK and about a month later in the US:

Upcoming Exhibit

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

Heather Teysko of The Renaissance English History Podcast is launching Tudorcon2019 and I hope it will be the first of many! (Especially since I can’t make it up there this year.) Click the link above for more information on speakers, events, and how to purchase tickets.

The next BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends will be in Chester on October 25-27 and then in Winchester on November 1-3.

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for September 2019

Books

Katherine Howard: Henry VIII’s Slandered Queen by Conor Byrne is now out in the US after a release in the UK back in the spring.

And we have a few new releases coming this month!

First up – the newest work from Melita Thomas, House of Grey, is coming in mid-September in the UK and at the beginning of 2020 in the US.

And out at the end of the month in the UK (and also out at the beginning of 2020 in the US) is Following in the Footsteps of Henry Tudor: A Historical Journey from Pembroke to Bosworth by Phil Carradice.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

Both of these are events coming in October, but I like to post events like these with a little extra advanced notice.

Heather Teysko of The Renaissance English History Podcast is launching Tudorcon2019 and I hope it will be the first of many! (Especially since I can’t make it up there this year.) Click the link above for more information on speakers, events, and how to purchase tickets.

And the next BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend will be in Chester at the end of October. As always, it looks like a great program with lots of great speakers!

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for August 2019

Books

Of course I missed a few things back in July, so let’s start with those:

Tudor Folk Tales by Dave Tonge was released on July 1 in the UK and will be out in the US at the beginning of 2020.

Also, The Flower of All Cities – The History of London from Earliest Times to the Great Fire by Robert Wynn Jones was published in the UK on July 15 and will be out in October in the US.

Finally, Thorns in a Realm of Roses: The Henry Queens by Thomas Crockett is a novel set in the waning years of Henry VIII’s reign and was released back in April. Thanks to the publisher for reaching out and bringing it to my attention since I have pretty much given up all hope of keeping up with Tudor historical fiction until the authors and/or publishers email me!

And new this month, out on August 15 in the UK and in October in the US, is Lovell our Dogge: The Life of Viscount Lovell, Closest Friend of Richard III and Failed Regicide by Michèle Schindler.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

The Bosworth Medieval Festival 2019 is coming up on the weekend of August 17 & 18. Activities will includes author talks, jousting, and battle re-enactments.

The Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society will be having a Collyweston Palace Weekend on August 31 and September 1 with many Tudor-themed activities. The weekend will also include presentations on the Collyweston Palace Project, the archaeological investigation of the site of Margaret Beaufort’s grand home. This sounds like a wonderful event and I wish I could be there! I stayed overnight at The Collyweston Slater on my last trip to England but I didn’t get much of a chance to see the village itself (although I did purposely stay there because of its connection to Margaret Beaufort!).

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for July 2019

Books

I have a few books that were previously released in the UK that are now out in the US:

First up is John Morton: Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley:

And next is Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister by Heather R. Darsie:

New Books

In new books this month, A Phoenix Rising by Vivienne Brereton, a novel set against the backdrop of “The Field of the Cloth of Gold”, will be released on July 12, first of “The House of the Red Duke” series.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Events

The Collyweston Historical & Preservation Society will be having a Collyweston Palace Weekend on August 31 and September 1 with many Tudor-themed activities. The weekend will also include presentations on the Collyweston Palace Project, the archaeological investigation of the site of Margaret Beaufort’s grand home. This sounds like a wonderful event and I wish I could be there! I stayed overnight at The Collyweston Slater on my last trip to England but I didn’t get much of a chance to see the village itself (although I did purposely stay there because of its connection to Margaret Beaufort!).

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for June 2019

Books

Here’s a book that I missed last month, but I had to include it because I’m so happy to see more work on Thomas Harriot, an overlooked scientist from the early era of modern astronomy. As some of you might recall, I have a degree in astronomy and I’m also very interested in the history of science and Thomas Harriot has been a pet interest of mine for a while after I came across his early sunspot drawings (in fact, he was probably the first person to observe them with a telescope). Early astronomers did a variety of things to observe the sun without burning their retinas and one method Harriot employed was observing the sun at sunrise through the mist over the Thames. So romantic! (This is where I put on my solar astronomer hat and say “don’t look directly at the sun without specialty equipment that is certified as safe for looking at the sun!”)

Thomas Harriot: A Life in Science by Robyn Arianrhod was released in early May in the US and at the end of May in the UK.

Continuing Exhibition

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for April 2019

Books

Last month I mentioned that I didn’t have anything on my tracking sheet for March, so of course right after I posted the March round-up I found out that the Mary Queen of Scots Colouring Book by Roland Hui and Dmitry Yakhovsky was out the first week in March in both the Uk and US. So here it is, better late than never. 🙂

In new April releases, two of Henry VIII’s queens get new biographies! First up is Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister by Heather R. Darsie which is out mid-month in the UK and will be out in the US in the summer.

And next is a new biography of Henry’s fifth wife by Conor Byrne titled Katherine Howard: Henry VIII’s Slandered Queen that is out April 23 in the UK and in September in the US.

And finally, The Afterlife of King James IV: Otherworld Legends of the Scottish King will be out on April 26 in the UK and the US.

New Exhibit

This one actually opened back in March, but I missed it!

The Many Faces of Tudor England opened at The Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth (England) on March 18 and will run through the of the year. Admission to the exhibit is including with the admission to the museum. About the exhibit from the website:

Tudor England – As you never expected it!

Just who crewed the Mary Rose?

Discover a whole new view of Henry VIII’s navy with our exciting exhibition, using the latest scientific and genealogical research to show us who really crewed the Mary Rose.

You’ll never look at Tudor England the same way again!

Continuing Exhibitions

Elizabethan Treasures – Miniatures by Hilliard & Oliver opened at the National Portrait Gallery London on February 21, 2019 and runs through May 19, 2019.

‘We are Bess’ re-opened at Hardwick Hall on February 16 and runs to June 2 this year. The exhibition is also be available online – something I always appreciate for those of us who can’t easily visit in person.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for March 2019

I somehow don’t have any new books for March in my tracking info, so this month will just be a reminder of some on-going exhibitions. I really wish I could see the miniatures exhibit at the NPG. I just might have to console myself with the catalogue!

Exhibitions

Elizabethan Treasures – Miniatures by Hilliard & Oliver opened at the National Portrait Gallery London on February 21, 2019 and runs through May 19, 2019.

From the website:

Described as ‘a thing apart from all other painting or drawing’, the portrait miniatures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are some of the greatest works of art to be produced in the British Isles. Hilliard and Oliver were compared by their contemporaries to Michelangelo and Raphael, and gained international fame and admiration.

This will be the first major UK exhibition of these miniatures for a generation. It will explore what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

‘We are Bess’ re-opened at Hardwick Hall on February 16 and runs to June 2 this year. The exhibition is also be available online – something I always appreciate for those of us who can’t easily visit in person.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for February 2019

Books

A few books that were released in the UK last year will be released in the US this month.

Among The Wolves of Court: Thomas and George Boleyn by Lauren Mackay will be out at the end of February in the US.

And Kate Hubbard’s Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England will also be released in the US at the end of the month.

In new releases, Suzannah Lipscomb’s latest work, The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc will be out on February 14 in the UK and in April in the US.

Next up, John Morton: Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley will be out mid-month in the UK and will be released in the summer in the US.

And finally, the catalogue for the exhibition listed below, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, will be released on February 21 in both the UK and US.

Exhibitions

Elizabethan Treasures – Miniatures by Hilliard & Oliver opens at the National Portrait Gallery London on February 21, 2019 and runs through May 19, 2019.

From the website:

Described as ‘a thing apart from all other painting or drawing’, the portrait miniatures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are some of the greatest works of art to be produced in the British Isles. Hilliard and Oliver were compared by their contemporaries to Michelangelo and Raphael, and gained international fame and admiration.

This will be the first major UK exhibition of these miniatures for a generation. It will explore what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

‘We are Bess’ re-opens at Hardwick Hall on February 16 and runs to June 2 this year. The exhibition is also be available online – something I always appreciate for those of us who can’t easily visit in person.