Sunday Short Takes

Yes, really, a Sunday Short Takes!! I finally had a confluence of enough stuff to post and time to actually post it.

First up – a couple of competitions are back this year!

* Tudor Ghost Story Competition at On the Tudor Trail

* Tudor Calendar Competition from The Anne Boleyn Files

Next – a few other things!

* Talking Tudors – Natalie at On the Tudor Trail has started a podcast!

* Tudor shipwreck discovered by local group on Kent beach

* Royal Mail will release stamps featuring Hampton Court Palace

And finally…

The first trailer for the Mary Queen of Scots movie starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie has been released:

(Thankfully I’m pretty good at disconnecting my amateur historian brain when watching historical fiction on TV or the big screen.)

Upcoming Books, Events and Exhibitions for May 2018

Time for the round-up for the merry month of May!

Books

Four Queens and a Countess: Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Mary I, Lady Jane Grey and Bess of Hardwick by Jill Armitage will be out in the US on May 1 after a release last year in the UK.

And there are some new books for May:

In more academic fare, Juana I: Legitimacy and Conflict in Sixteenth-Century Castile by Gillian B. Fleming, part of the Queenship and Power series, was released in April in the US and will be out on May 17 in the UK.

Natalie Grueninger and Kathryn Holeman have teamed up again for more Tudor coloring book fun! You can order Colouring History – Tudor Queens and Consorts from Amazon US and through ColouringTudorHistory.com

Events

I have a couple of upcoming Tudor history stage productions coming up, one for May and one for June:

First up, Put Out the Lights by Joanna Carrick will run from May 8 to 27 at The Avenue Theatre in Ipswich. Tickets can be purchased at the Red Rose Chain website.
About the play:

1538. Ipswich is a place of dark secrets and divided loyalties. A preacher is dragged from his pulpit, arrested for protestant heresy, while Cromwell sends agents to dismantle the Town’s beloved Catholic Shrine and burn the statue of Our Lady. From day to day the world is changing and it’s hard to know what to believe, what to say and above all who to trust.

And in June, Henry – A Tudor Musical will run from June 13 to 16 at the Cecil Hepworth Playhouse in Walton on Thames (just west of Hampton Court Palace). You can learn more about the musical play and books tickets at the website of the Molesey Musical Theatre. And here is a synopsis with more information (PDF).

Exhibitions

Closing this month:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is hosting an exhibition on Michel Sittow that opened on January 28, 2018 and runs to May 13, 2018. Sittow is probably most associated for fans of Tudor history with the portrait of what has long been identified as a young Catherine of Aragon. We had a discussion on the Q&A blog about the portrait being re-identified as Mary Tudor (Brandon) and it seems that the exhibition is now using that identification as well (although calling her “Mary Rose Tudor”). You can find out more about the exhibition here.

New Exhibitions

Royal Sudeley 1000 – Trials, Triumphs and Treasures – Sudeley Castle has refurbished their exhibition rooms for their 2018 open season that runs from March 5 to December 21. (This is also reminding me that as of this May it will be 20 years since I visited Sudeley! I really need to get back soon.)

Sunday Short Takes

Just a couple of things, mostly related to stuff I posted in the Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for October 2017 last weekend:

* Miranda Kaufmann has a website related to her new book Black Tudors, including brief bios of Ten Black Tudors who are featured in the book, and details on her book tour throughout England.

* The Mary Rose lit up my news alerts last week – first with stories saying that it is in danger of collapse and then more of a clarification saying that it wasn’t in danger of collapse, but that it is in need of a new support system. Next week is the 35th anniversary of the raising of the ship and there are still tickets available for the Anniversary Lectures next weekend.

* And finally, I received an email that the score to the movie Lady Jane has been released. I haven’t seen the movie in a while, but I remember that it a lovely score. One thing that a lot of people might not know about me is that I’m a life-long film score buff and it’s always great to see old scores released even many, many years after the movie came out. You can learn more about this release and listen to sample tracks here. Links to purchase through my Amazon affiliates below:

Sunday Short Takes

Feels weird doing this while part of my state drowns but other than some small donations there isn’t a whole lot I can do at this point until the rain stops here and elsewhere (and it looks like that won’t happen until the end of the week). So, while I continue to try to distract myself, here’s a news round-up!

The big announcement of the last couple of weeks was the discovery of more parts of the old Palace at Greenwich. Here’s a sample of the news coverage:

* Discovery of old Greenwich Palace sheds light on Tudor life

* Greenwich Palace: Archaeologists discover ruined remains of Henry VIII’s birthplace

* Part of Henry VIII’s Birthplace Discovered

In other news:

* BBC Four announced the upcoming series Lady Jane Grey: To Kill A Queen (scroll down on page)

* Divers to explore Alderney’s Elizabethan wreck

Sunday Short Takes

Time for another round-up! Finally got a few stories to post.

* Archaeology Week at the Mary Rose MuseumDuring the Festival of Archaeology 2017 the Mary Rose Museum welcome visitors to hear from archaeologists involved in the world’s largest underwater excavation and from the team working hard to preserve and display her in a unique and stunning museum. (Sorry I missed this for the monthly event round-up, but still got it posted before the actual event!)

* Lifting the lid on The Vyne – Conservation continues on the roof of The Vyne, and now you can watch the work with a new walkway and view platform. You can learn more about the project at the National Trust Website.

* We Wear Culture – Fashion through the ages has been added to the Google Culture Project. Right now there is one Elizabethan item featured on the launch page, which you can see here (be sure to zoom in all the way on the picture to see some of the details of the stitching).

And finally…

* TNT’s new series on William Shakespeare, simply entitled Will, debuted on July 10th in the US. Trailer below:

Sunday Short Takes

Sad news to start this week’s round-up:

* Keith Michell, star of Six Wives of Henry VIII dies aged 89Keith Michell, star of The Six Wives of Henry VIII and artistic director of the Chichester Festival Theatre, dies after long and celebrated career

And in other news:

* Full collection built by Dukes of Portland to go on show for first timeThe Portland Collection, built up over centuries, is to go on display at the new Harley Gallery – Among the pieces that will go on display is the Nicholas Hilliard coronation miniature of Elizabeth I.

And a few videos to close out this week:

* Royals, Rascals and Us: 500 years of Hampton Court Palace – a film about the history of Hampton Court Palace made from thousands of drawings by kids

* Society of Antiquaries lecture by Philippa Glanville on the Inventory of Henry VIII

Sunday Short Takes

News has been a little light lately, but here are a few things that caught my eye:

* A brief history of witches by Suzannah LipscombBetween 1482 and 1782, thousands of people across Europe were accused of witchcraft and subsequently executed. But why were so many innocent people suspected of such a crime, and what would they have experienced?

* Erasmus Manuscript Saved for the Nation – From The British Library: We are delighted to announce that the British Library has acquired a unique manuscript containing the earliest known translation into English of any work by the great humanist scholar and reformer, Desiderius Erasmus (d. 1536).

* Inside Henry V’s secret chapel at Westminster AbbeyA hidden chapel built for King Henry V is opening to the public for the first time to mark the 600th Anniversary of the battle of Agincourt. – Since today is the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, I thought I would include this.

And finally…

A new podcast focussing on the Tudors has launched (with over 30 episodes ready to go!) called Rude Tudors. As you can probably guess from the name, it’s not for the kiddos. And you might recognize a website that gets a mention in one of the later episodes. 🙂

Upcoming Books and Events for July 2015

Books

It shouldn’t be much of a surprise that I missed some releases last month (and a few months before!) so I’ll include those along with the new releases for July.

First up, Mary Tudor, England’s first Queen Regnant. Truth is the Daughter of Time by Gregory Slysz was released in the UK and the US back at the end of March.

Next up, Tracy Borman’s The Story of the Tower of London was released in April in the UK and will be out on July 7 in the US.

Ray Morris’ tale of the sinking of the Mary Rose entitled Out of the Blue was released on June 1 in both the US and UK.

Exploring English Castles by Edd Morris was released in the US back in April and is now out in the UK.

Although it’s technically before the Tudor period I wanted to mention The Middle Ages Unlocked: A Guide to Life in Medieval England 1050-1300 by Gillian Polack and Katrin Kania, which was released in early June in the UK and it will be out on August 19 in the US. Some of the content would certainly be useful for writing in any pre-Industrial Revolution era of English history, and, I’ll admit I wanted to include it because Gillian is an old friend. 🙂

Next up, prolific Tudor historian David Loades’ latest work The Seymours of Wolf Hall is out in the UK and will be released on August 19 in the US.

And finally, the 6th edition of Tudor Rebellions (part of the Seminar Studies line) by Anthony Fletcher and Diarmaid MacCulloch will be out on July 5 in the US and July 6 in the UK. I have several Tudor-era books from the Seminar Studies series (although not the one on rebellions – yet) and I’ve found them to be good compact references.

Continuing Events

After the successful run of the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, the productions have moved to Broadway in the US and opened March 20, 2015 and will run through July 5, 2015. You can learn more about the Broadway run, including ticket information at wolfhallbroadway.com.

Fire up your Tudor creativity!

In lieu of the regular news round-up, I thought I would highlight two Tudor-themed creative contests announced last week.

First up: the Tudor Ghost Story contest is back! – Head on over to On the Tudor Trail for all the details.

And second: The Anne Boleyn Files is once again soliciting photos for their Tudor Places Calendar! – Head over to Claire’s site for more information.

Best of luck to anyone who enters one or both of the competitions!

Sunday Short Takes


Cowdenknowes Estate

I’m finally getting back into the groove of things after vacation!

* Where’s Wolsey? Hunt is on to find the remains of Cardinal Wolsey in Leicester – This isn’t really much of a new story since the topic has come up a few times since Richard III wad discovered, but it’s interesting that it has stayed in the news. I was originally planning to visit the abbey remains while I was in Leicester but I couldn’t really fit it into the schedule. Hey, if they find Wolsey and further develop the site, it would be a good excuse to visit the city again!

* Help save Shakespeare’s first theatreFunding of £7 million is required to excavate the eastern side and create a visitor centre for the Rose Playhouse.

* Stunning fairytale mansion where Mary Queen of Scots stayed just a year before she was forced off the throne goes on sale for £1.8million – Yes, another property to add to the wish list.

* Shakespeare Or Not Shakespeare, That Is The Question – The big ‘new image of Shakespeare found’ story broke while was on vacation (and, ironically, *in* Stratford-upon-Avon) so I didn’t have a chance to follow it closely. But I’ll say that from the quick glances I had at the stories, I was pretty skeptical. This article seems to be a good analysis of the whole thing.

* Micropasts – Photo Masking Mary Rose Objects – Help the Mary Rose Trust digitize their collection!

And a couple of fun videos to round out the week’s news:

Upcoming Books and Events for June 2015

Very short round-up this month (which is a good thing since I’m still digging out from under everything that accumulated while I was on vacation)!

Books

Just one book this month, Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran, which was released in March in the UK and is now out in the US.

Continuing Events

After the successful run of the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, the productions have moved to Broadway in the US and opened March 20, 2015 and will run through July 5, 2015. You can learn more about the Broadway run, including ticket information at wolfhallbroadway.com.

Upcoming Books and Events for April 2015

Books

A few books are coming out in the US this month that have been previously released in the UK:

The World of Richard III by Kristie Dean was released in the UK in February and is due out April 19 in the US:

And The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534 by Michael Everett was released at the end of March in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US:

In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger will be released in paperback in the UK in April and in June in the US:

Finally, Debra Bayani’s Jasper Tudor: Godfather of the Tudor Dynasty has been fully revised and re-released:

One that I missed from last month – the Grey Friars Research Team from the University of Leicester are releasing their own work on the dig for and discovery of Richard III. It is out at the end of March in the UK and a week later in the US:

Last but not least – Exploring English Castles: Evocative, Romantic, and Mysterious True Tales of the Kings and Queens of the British Isles by Edd Morris is out April 7 in the US and will be out in July in the UK:

Events

The television production of Wolf Hall will debut in the US on PBS on Sunday April 5 and will run through May 10.

The DVDs of the program are already available in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US:

Continuing Events

After the successful run of the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, the productions have moved to Broadway in the US and opened March 20, 2015 and will run through July 5, 2015. You can learn more about the Broadway run, including ticket information at wolfhallbroadway.com.

Sunday Short Takes

I’m going to put some of the Richard III stories in a separate post later in the week since I already have several and there will be many, many more as the reinterment week progresses. So here’s the best of the rest!

* Elizabethan tapestry map to be displayed at University of Oxford’s Bodleian libraryMap of Worcestershire from 1590s describes mysterious event in the hills near ‘The Worldesend’

* Before Wolf Hall there was Hardwick Hall – and the woman who would be QueenThis year marks 400 years since the death of Arabella Stuart, granddaughter to the powerful Bess of Hardwick, who was once touted as a successor to Queen Elizabeth.

* How Wolf Hall producers turned to Facebook to find red-haired child to play Elizabeth I – That is a seriously adorable little Elizabeth

* What the English of Shakespeare, Beowulf, and King Arthur actually sounded like – A fun, quick tour of the history of the English language with sound and video examples

* Henry VIII portrait and bed of his parents revealed in new Tudor display at Hever Castle

And finally –

Is it possible to accurately recreate a loaf of medieval bread? – A talk by Richard Fitch, the Historic Kitchen Interpretation Coordinator at Hampton Court Palace, at the 9th Experimental Archaeology Conference held in January 2015. And if you’re at all interesting in historical cooking at Hampton Court Palace, be sure to give Richard at follow on Twitter at @tudorcook.

Upcoming Books and Events for March 2015

I know February is a short month to begin with, but it really seems to have flown by this year!

Books

The one book I missed from last month was Virgin Queen by Catherine Corman:

And now on to the new books!

First up is Elizabeth I and Her Circle by Susan Doran. It’s out in March in the UK and June in the US:

Next is Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors (US title: Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Life of Katherine Willoughby) by David Baldwin will be released March 15 in the UK and May 19 in the US. (And if you’ll allow me a small editorial comment here: I’m very happy to see a new work on Katherine Willoughby out, a fascinating woman in her own right, so it frustrates me that the book has to market her as “Henry VIII’s Last Love”. I understand that all things Henry VIII are hot and that’s what will attract attention but she had an extraordinary life that extended well beyond the death of Henry VIII, so I’m hoping that gets just as much focus. Okay mini-editorial over. 🙂 )

And Thomas Cromwell will be getting a new biography, entitled The Rise of Thomas Cromwell: Power and Politics in the Reign of Henry VIII, 1485-1534 by Michael Everett at the end of March in the UK and end of April in the US:

And finally – the third installment of Nancy Bilyeau’s Joanna Stafford books, The Tapestry, will be released on March 24 in both the UK and US. Stay tuned for a guest post from Nancy in March in conjunction with the book’s release!

Events

After the successful run of the stage versions of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies by the Royal Shakespeare Company in the UK, the productions have moved to Broadway in the US and will open March 20, 2015 and will run through July 5, 2015 (assuming they don’t extend the run – and I wouldn’t be surprised if that did indeed happen). You can learn more about the Broadway run, including ticket information at wolfhallbroadway.com.

Sunday Short Takes

I think this week has a record number of videos!

But first, another in the long string of historical properties I’d love to be able to afford:

This lovely late-16th century home can be yours for just £1,250,000!

A follow-up to a story I wrote about last July:

* V&A to buy Cardinal Wolsey tomb statues

And now on to the videos!

* Preview for US airing of Wolf Hall – It will be on PBS’ Masterpiece starting Sunday April 5.

* An interesting insight into the research behind designing the look of Wolf Hall with Catherine Fletcher, one of the historical advisors to the show:

* A look at Cardinal Wolsey’s Hampton Court by Jonathan Foyle:

* And finally, a talk by Jessie Childs at the Jaipur Literature Festival on her book God’s Traitors: Religious Terrorism in Elizabethan England (The sound is low on this one, so if you turn up the volume to listen to it watch out for other sounds that might come up really loud and startle you like my new mail alert did!)

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for January 2015

Books

As far as I know there was only one book from December that I missed, the paperback release of David Loades’ Catherine Howard: The Adulterous Wife of Henry VIII.

And I only have one new US release – Pirate Nation: Elizabeth I and Her Royal Sea Rovers by David Childs was released last fall in the UK and will be out January 15 in the US.

Now for the new books for January!

First up is Mary McGrigor’s biography of Margaret Douglas – The Other Tudor Princess: Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s Niece which will be out January 5 in the UK and will be released in May in the US.

Next is The Dublin King: The True Story of Lambert Simnel and the Princes in the Tower by John Ashdown-Hill, out January 5 in the UK and in May in the US.

And finally, Lady Katherine Knollys: The Unacknowledged Daughter of King Henry VIII by Sarah-Beth Watkins will be released at the end of the month in both the UK and US.

Lecture

* Dressing Elizabeth: The Phoenix Portrait as Evidence of a Royal Wardrobe – January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the National Portrait Gallery, Professor Maria Hayward will discuss the wardrobe and jewels of Elizabeth I

Continuing Exhibitions

* Treasures from the Royal Archives opened at Windsor Castle on May 17, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015 and features some items from the Archives that have never been on display before.

* The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered display at the National Portrait Gallery opened September 12, 2014 and will run through March 1, 2015.

Television

* Wolf Hall, the 6-part drama based on the books of Hilary Mantel’s award-winning books, will premiere in the UK on BBC Two in January and will air in April on PBS in the US. You can learn more about the series at the BBC Media Centre. There will also be several documentaries on BBC Two and BBC Four to accompany the series.

See the first trailer for Wolf Hall, embedded below:

Sunday Short Takes


Image: British Library

Here are the stories that caught my eye this past week:

* The best history books of 2014 – Jessie Childs’ God’s Traitors is on this list and several other year end history book round-ups. I really need to get to reading it!

* ‘Crown jewels’ of English lute music go onlineHandwritten copies of scores by composers of English lute music have been digitised in a programme to make a precious legacy available to professional and amateur musicians around the world. – It might be time for me to dust off my music-reading skills, although I’m not sure how good these tunes would sound on clarinet or tin whistle.

* Tudor dining: a guide to food and status in the 16th century

* Henry VIII, the choir book and Alamire the spyA choral work given to King Henry VIII has gone in at number two in the classical album charts, surprising the musicians who performed it. The piece was created by a duplicitous scribe and double agent who duped the King of England. – The manuscript in this article is available here at the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site (the image at the top of this post is from the site)

* BBC Two and BBC Four to accompany TV broadcast of Wolf Hall with collection of new factual programmes taking viewers deeper into the Tudor world – While Wolf Hall will be making it across the pond here to the US (airing on PBS – check your local stations!), I doubt these programs will. (sigh)

* District council will consider emergency repairs to Henry VIII’s crumbling Tudor palace in Otford

Sunday Short Takes

A mixed bag of stuff this week:

* Richard III reinterment: Details king’s final ceremonial route through Leicestershire revealed

* http://westminster-abbey.org/press/news/2014/october/westminster-abbey-submits-plans-for-new-access-tower – This is a continuation of a story I mentioned back in 2010

And just for fun:

* Here’s What Would Have Happened If Henry VIII Had Texting

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Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for October 2014

So… yeah… I completely forgot to write this post last weekend to get it out before the end of the month. Whoops! And *that’s* why I have now put a reminder on my Google calendar for the 27th of every month!

Books

Dan Jones’ The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses and the Rise of the Tudors (US title: The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors) was released September 4 in the UK and will be out October 14 in the US.

In new books this month, Amy Licence’s latest, The Six Wives and Many Mistresses of Henry VIII: The Women’s Stories is out at the end of the month in the UK and next month in the US.

Out at the end of the month in both the UK and US is Geoffrey Parker’s Imprudent King: A New Life of Philip II, an important figure in the Tudor story.

Events

The Annual BBC History Weekend is Thursday October 16 through Sunday October 19 in Malmesbury. There are a number of Tudor-era historians speaking, although I think some talks may already be sold out. They often put recordings of talks from this on their podcast, so I’ll be sure to link to those on the news blog as they are posted (assuming they are).

Continuing Events and Exhibitions

* The Royal Shakespeare Company’s plays of Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies has finished the run in London, but will be moving to Broadway in the US in the spring. More details in early 2015!

* Treasures from the Royal Archives opened at Windsor Castle on May 17, 2014 and runs through January 25, 2015 and will feature some items from the Archives that have never been on display before.

* The Real Tudors: Kings and Queens Rediscovered display at the National Portrait Gallery opened September 12, 2014 and will run through March 1, 2015.

Sunday Short Takes

The biggest story of the week were further details on the death of Ricard III –

* King Richard III’s Final Moments Were Quick & Brutal

* King Richard III killed by blows to skull

* Richard III died in battle after losing helmet, new research shows

And other news from the week –

* Mary, Queen of Scots letter auction sells for £17,472

* Wolf Halls: take a look inside the properties where the new BBC series is filmed

* ‘A World of Their Design’: The men who shaped Tudor diplomacy – Podcast from The National Archives featuring historian Lauren Mackay

And just for fun –

Elizabethan Pageant from Historyworks on Vimeo. – A recreation of Elizabeth I’s progress to Cambridge for the 450th anniversary of the event.