Dress at the Court of King Henry VIII

From the Maney Publishing webpage for the book:

Henry VIII used his wardrobe, and that of his family and household, as a way of expressing his wealth and magnificence. This book encompasses the first detailed study of male and female dress worn at the court of Henry VIII (1509-47) and covers the dress of the King and his immediate family, the royal household and
the broader court circle. Henry VIII’s wardrobe is set in context by a study of Henry VII’s clothes, court and household.

As none of Henry VIII’s clothes survive, evidence is drawn primarily from the great wardrobe accounts, wardrobe warrants, and inventories, and is interpreted using evidence from narrative sources, paintings, drawings and a small selection of contemporary garments, mainly from European collections.

Be sure to look at the website linked above for more information, including a download of the table of contents and introduction and links to a radio interview with the author, Maria Hayward.

It will be out in September in the UK and October in the US. It looks fascinating, so I hope my university gets it for the library, since it’s a little out of my price range!

Another book from “The Tudors” series

This one isn’t due out until November, but it is available for pre-order. I didn’t see a listing at Amazon.uk, but I’ll add it if/when it shows up. Looking at the other works by Anne Gracie, I’m guessing this is a historical romance based on the series.

Thanks to Kathy for emailing me about it!

New Novel about Katherine Parr

Carolly Erickson, who has written several Tudor non-fiction books, has written a novel about Katherine Parr called The Last Wife of Henry VIII. It is available for pre-order in the US (left) and the UK (right) and will be published in October:

New Book on Katherine Swynford

I’m sure some significant fraction of Tudor History fans have read about Katherine Swynford, mistress and third wife of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. She was the mother of the Beaufort children, whose decendents include Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and the origin of his claim to the throne. Probably most people are familiar with Katherine through the 1950s novel Katherine by Anya Seton, so it is nice to see a non-fiction book on her. There have been some others in the past (that managed to sneak by me!), but below are links at Amazon.uk and Amazon.com to the newest: Katherine Swynford: The History of a Medieval Mistress
by Jeannette Lucraft (please note that Amazon has Ms. Lucraft’s name spelled incorrectly)

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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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

Book News – Plain Jane: A Novel of Jane Seymour by Laurien Gardner

Jane Seymour is the latest of Henry VIII’s wives to get a novel, which is a welcome addition given the small number of books about her. I’ll be interested to see what approach the author takes. Gardner has previously written books on Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn, so my guess is that she is going to write one for each of the wives.

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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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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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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

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Shakespeare and Welsh literary police

I recieved this about a week ago. I’m not really into the Shakespeare authorship debate, but I know from emails that some of my readers are!

Shakespeare and Welsh literary police

Further ‘Shakespeare portrait is a fake’, ( Catriona Davies 28/10/2005) et al., octogenarian Welsh vicar, author and broadcaster, the Rev Aelwyn Roberts of Llandegai, North Wales, has told me there is nothing new about mysteries surrounding Shakespeare. He says that in his whodunnit ‘Operation Woolsack’ (later on ITV as the “Swan of Ogwen” in the early 90s) he used police investigation techniques, not academic textual criticism, to establish who the genuine bard might have been — perhaps even the Welshman, Archbishop John of York, buried at Llandegai church. He tells me that King James I was John’s patron (and perhaps more), and gave him many royal gifts and honours for his ‘services to English literature’ while he was secluded for nine years in Walgrave, Northamptonshire. He says the first ‘Shakespeare’ folio was published precisely when (1623) John left Walgrave for Westminster. But where are John’s writings? There was a mysterious fire, 40 years after John’s death, at Westminster Abbey library, opposite Parliament. Only John’s books and two bundles of handwritten English poems were destroyed — a mediaeval, spin coverup? Aelwyn says he still has a few early proof copies (signed in green by himself) of ‘Operation Woolsack’ and you can email him for one at aelwyn@aelwynroberts.wanadoo.co.uk — £6.50 inc p&p.

Dr P.D. O’Neill (email withheld).

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Katherine Swynford biography coming in 2007

In the October 5th newsletter from Alison Weir’s site at Random House (linked above), she mentions that the next non-fiction book she is working on will be about Katherine Swynford, mother of the Beaufort line that Henry VII was descended from. Most people will probably be familiar with the 1950s historical fiction book Katherine by Anya Seton, which is to the best of my knowledge the only book about Katherine around. It will be nice to see a non-fiction book about Katherine and to see all the sources she has been able to dig up on this too-little-known Tudor ancestor!

(Thanks to Monia for the link!)

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The Seventh Window

The above link takes you to a website about a new book resulting from collaborative work on the Seventh Window of Sint Janskerk in Gouda, Netherlands, which was donated by Mary I and her husband Philip II. There is also a CD available of detailed photos of the window and its cartoon. Click above for more information on the project!

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Latest Alison Weir book – A novel!

Due out next year (April in the UK… info on other locations when I get it) is Alison Weir’s first historical novel, called “Innocent Traitor” about Lady Jane Grey.

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England’s Boy King: The Diary of Edward VI, 1547-1553

Edited by Jonathan North.

I think this is the first time in quite a while that the diary has been available? I’m looking forward to reading it one of these days!

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Archive Post: August 1999 News

Book news: Someone from the mailing list passed along info on a new book about Hans Holbein. It is only for sale in the UK at this time. It’s title is Hans Holbein and the author is Stephanie Buck. The best part is that it sells for just under £10!

Also, Retha Warnike who wrote The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn has a book about Anne of Cleves coming out next February. The official title is: The Marrying of Anne of Cleves : Royal Protocol in Early Modern England

Additional book news: There is a new book on Katherine Parr called Kateryn Parr : The Making of a Queen (Women and Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1750) by Susan E. James. Unfortunately, it lists for about US$85.

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