Picture of the Week #635

Cross stitch of Catherine of Aragon’s badge and other mementos at her grave in Peterborough Cathedral. Photo May 2015

Since I didn’t do a books and events round-up for this month because of the continued delays, etc. due to the pandemic, I did want to mention that the Katharine of Aragon Festival at Peterborough Cathedral will still happen this year and will be in part online (so maybe I’ll be able to see some of it from here in Texas!). You can learn more about this year’s festival at the link above.

Picture of the Week #629

Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This is a view of the south and east sides of the William & Mary section of Hampton Court. I’m glad that they weren’t able to complete their plans to tear down all of the Tudor section! But I do like the hodgepodge of building styles you see there now since it is a good way to learn the different architectural eras.

Picture of the Week #627

Ruins of the Abbey and Bury St Edmunds with the later Cathedral in the background. Photo May 2015.

The Feast of St Edmund was a couple of days so I thought I would use another photo from Bury. As I’ve mentioned before, the Abbey was the original burial place of Mary Tudor Brandon, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk, before the Dissolution when her remains were moved to the nearby St. Mary’s Church.

Picture of the Week #623

Remains of The Pleasance at Kenilworth Castle, built for Henry V. Photo May 2015.

Even though Kenilworth has many, many associations with Tudor history, the reason I’m featuring it today has to do with its ties to Henry V. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m doing the Shakespeare 2020 Project and we’re reading Henry V right now as it coincides with the anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt (October 25, 1415). Henry V was at Kenilworth Castle when he received the infamous gift of tennis balls from the French king in Act I, Scene 2 of the play (probably based on a real incident).

Henry V had The Pleasance constructed along the mere, where it was reached by boat from the castle. It was eventually dismantled in the reign of Henry VIII and only the earthworks remain. To reach it now, you take a footpath from the castle until you reach the information plaque you see in the photo. It’s hard to appreciate the remains from ground level, so I’ve added a screen shot from Google Earth below with the location of where I took the photo from circled in blue.

Picture of the Week #617

Spiral stairs in Castle Rising, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

Every time I go up or down one of these when visiting a castle, I think of the women having to climb them in all those clothes (regardless of the era). I’m such a klutz, I’m pretty sure I would have gotten my legs tangled in fabric and ended up with a concussion more than once.