Upcoming Books, Events and Exhibitions for June 2018

Books

A couple of books that have already been released in the UK are now out in the US:

First up – Melita Thomas’ The King’s Pearl: Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary came out last fall in the UK and is now out in the US:

And La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor A Life in Letters by Sarah Bryson is also now out in the US after a release earlier this year in the UK:

And in new releases – Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files has teamed up with artist Dmitry Yakhovsky to create The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Book! You can order it from both the UK and US Amazon stores now:

Events

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

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.

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

Long overdue! Some of these date back over a month, but in my defense, most of February was a blur so it feels like we just went from January straight to March.

* The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Galleries to open on 11th June – A date has been announced for the opening of Westminster Abbey’s new galleries up in the medieval Triforium. I can’t wait to visit this (someday)!

* Blanche Parry’s life at the side of Queen Elizabeth IBlanche Parry is one of history’s most influential Welsh women, yet few know the name and only a handful know her story.

* Victoria Art Gallery’s Henry VIII portrait confirmed as original Tudor paintingA painting of Henry VIII belonging to Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Victoria Art Gallery has been confirmed as an original Tudor work.

* Dedication Is What You NeedSeemingly inconsequential, dedicating books to royalty was a vital part of Tudor publishing.

* How Americans Preserved British EnglishAmericans today pronounce some words more like Shakespeare than Brits do… but it’s in 18th-Century England where they’d really feel at home.

* Tulip Procession held at Bradgate Park to mark anniversary of Lady Jane Grey’s executionBradgate Park hosted the event, which is the first of several happening this year

* X-ray probe to save Mary Rose cannonballsResearchers are using powerful X-rays to look inside cannonballs found on the famous Tudor ship, the Mary Rose. They are trying to find a way of preserving the shot, which will corrode if it is put on display.

And finally –

Here’s another talk by Leanda de Lisle, this time on the Tudor family story. From the video description:

In June 1485, Richard III issued a warning. England faced an invader, ‘one Henry Tudor who usurps the title of this realm as every man knows’. So who was Henry Tudor? Leanda de Lisle tells his family story, and unravels the murder mystery of the lost princes in the Tower.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for March 2018

Books

Just one book coming out in the US this month that has already been released in the UK – Nicola Tallis’ Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester, which will be out on March 6.

And a few new books are due out this month as well, starting with Helen Castor’s Elizabeth I: A Study in Insecurity, part of the Penguin Monarchs series. It will be out in April as a hardcover in the US although you can get the Kindle edition now.

Next up is a look at Henry VIII’s cross-channel rival, Francis I: The Maker of Modern France by Leonie Frieda. It is out March 8 in the UK and in April in the US:

Another work is out in the Queenship and Power series of academic works – Elizabeth I in Writing: Language, Power and Representation in Early Modern England, edited by Donatella Montini and Iolanda Plescia. It is due out on March 21 is both the UK and US.

And finally, Derek Wilson’s most recent Tudor work, The Queen and the Heretic: How two women changed the religion of England about Queen Katherine Parr and Anne Askew will be out later in March is the UK and possibly the US (I found conflicting publication info).

Exhibitions

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.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for February 2018

How is is almost February already? (Yes, I probably say – or at least think – this every new year)

Books

Here’s one I missed from late last year – Four Queens and a Countess: Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Mary I, Lady Jane Grey and Bess of Hardwick by Jill Armitage was released back in December in the UK and will be out in hardback in the US in May.

And the one February release I have on my spreadsheet is Sarah Bryson’s La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor A Life in Letters. I love books of letters of Tudor figures, so I’m really looking forward to this one! It is due out mid-February in the UK and in June in the US.

Exhibitions

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is hosting an exhibition on Michel Sittow from January 28, 2018 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.

Sunday Short Takes

Welcome to 2018! I have some stuff from the end of 2017 – and a few new things – that didn’t get posted in my very lazy break from work.

* Westminster Abbey’s attics yield a treasure trove of stained glass

* Hull’s Henry VIII blockhouse dig ‘bit of a gem’

* She opened her own doors: ASU history professor retires from pioneering career – Article about historian Retha Warnicke upon her retirement from Arizona State University

And finally – the program on Lady Jane Grey that I mentioned back in August is now scheduled to air on BBC 4 on January 9, 10, and 11.

More info: Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 and a trailer –

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for January 2018

Pretty light round-up to start 2018, but as always that probably means I’m missing a bunch of things!

Books

Amy Licence’s The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York and Tudor is now out in the US in hardcover after being released last summer in the UK.

And in new books, an academic work Emotion in the Tudor Court: Literature, History, and Early Modern Feeling by Bradley J. Irish is due out in both the UK and US on January 15 and will be offered in both hardcover and paperback, lessening that ‘academic price’ sting! (Links to paperback editions below)

Events

Peterborough Cathedral’s annual Katherine of Aragon Festival for 2018 will be held from Thursday January 28th through Sunday January 28th.

Continuing Exhibitions and Displays

Closing this weekend!Henry VII: The First Royal Portrait opened at the Museum of Somerset on October 17, 2017 and runs through January 6, 2018. The 1505 portrait of Henry VII is on loan to the museum from the National Portrait Gallery. Check the link for more information, including associated events.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for December 2017

Books

I have only one book listed as a new release this month (as always, that probably means I’m missing a bunch!).

Sarah-Beth Watkins has a new work out titled Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: The Life of King Henry VIII’s Sister which will be out in both the UK and US in early December:

And one title that has already been released in the UK will be out in the US in December:

Discovering Tudor London: A Journey Back in Time by Natalie Grueninger was published in the UK over the summer and will be out in paperback in the US on December 1.

Continuing Exhibitions and Displays

Reformation – Shattered World, New Beginnings opened on June 26 and runs through December 15 at the Senate House Library at the University of London. You can download a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue for free at the website.

Henry VII: The First Royal Portrait opened at the Museum of Somerset on October 17, 2017 and runs through January 6, 2018. The 1505 portrait of Henry VII is on loan to the museum from the National Portrait Gallery. Check the link for more information, including associated events.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for November 2017

Books

This month we have a few books that were already released in the UK and are out in November in the US.

First up, Nathen Amin’s House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown is out on November 1 in the US after a summer release in the UK:

Next is Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors, which was released last month in the UK and will be out on November 7 in the US:

And there are a couple of new releases coming out this month (again, first in the UK and months later in the US… at least in print – I’ve noticed that the Kindle versions are sometimes coming out at the same time as the initial print release overseas).

First is Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Tale of Lettice Knollys, Countess of Leicester by Nicola Tallis which is due out on November 2 in the UK and next March in the US.

And finally, Amy Licence’s latest Tudor work, Anne Boleyn: Adultery, Heresy, Desire is out mid-month in the UK and will be released next April in the US with the title Anne Boleyn: Femme Fatale

Events

The second of 2017’s BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends will be held on November 24 – 26 in York. Details on speakers and tickets are at the link.

Continuing Exhibitions and Displays

Henry VII: The First Royal Portrait opened at the Museum of Somerset on October 17, 2017 and runs through January 6, 2018. The 1505 portrait of Henry VII is on loan to the museum from the National Portrait Gallery. Check the link for more information, including associated events.

Reformation – Shattered World, New Beginnings opened on June 26 and runs through December 15 at the Senate House Library at the University of London. You can download a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue for free at the website.

Sunday Short Takes

Time for a short round-up!

The big art story from a couple of weeks ago was the Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I returning to display after conservation:

* Armada portrait of Elizabeth I returns after ‘spectacular’ restoration

* Armada Portrait returns to Greenwich after conservation

And this week’s big art story was the discovery of a sketch of Mary Queen of Scots below a painting of Sir John Maitland, Lord Chancellor of Scotland:

* Mary, Queen of Scots sketch found under 16th Century painting

* Rare ghostly image of Mary Queen of Scots discovered hidden beneath artwork

And finally, below is a recent talk by Leanda de Lisle on Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey: Heirs to the last Tudor

Mary, Katherine and Lady Jane Grey: Heirs to the last Tudor from byland media on Vimeo.

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:

The Tudor Society

Now that I’m finally catching up on a large backlog of things, I’m finally writing up a post about my affiliation with The Tudor Society, created by Claire Ridgway of The Anne Boleyn Files!

I’m guessing that most people who come to my site are already familiar with The Tudor Society, but just in case you’re not, here’s an introduction from Claire:

If you’re interested in becoming a Tudor Society member and want to help out my site in the process, you can do so through my affiliate link!

The King’s Pearl Blog Tour Starts Today!

I’ll be part of the tour in the second week, but here are all the places you can see the whole tour:

Mon. 2nd Oct. – Tudor Times – Deborah Roil – www.tudortimes.co.uk‘The King’s Pearl’: An overview

Tues. 3rd Oct. – Sandra Alvarez – http://www.medievalists.net/‘A Perfect Friendship’: Mary and Thomas Cromwell

Wed. 4th Oct. – Sarah Bryson – www.sarah-bryson.comSarah Bryson’s interview with Melita Thomas

Thurs. 5th Oct. – Moniek Bloks – www.historyofroyalwomen.com‘Your most humble daughter’: Mary and Katherine Parr

Fri. 6th Oct. – Natalie Grueninger – www.onthetudortrail.com‘She is my death and I am hers’: Mary & Anne

Sat. 7th Oct. – Susan Higginbotham – http:/www.susanhigginbotham.com/blog/‘My second mother’: Mary and Lady Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

Sun. 8th Oct. – Nathen Amin Blog – www.https://henrytudorsociety.com/Mary, Princess of Wales

Mon. 9th Oct. – Tamise Hills – http://www.ladyjanegrey.info/Mary and the Grey Family

Tues. 10th Oct. – Lara Eakins – http://tudorhistory.org/blog/‘A head filled with fantasies’: Mary and the Exeter Conspiracy

Wed. 11th Oct. – Carolyn Harris – http://www.royalhistorian.com/A review by Carolyn Harris

Thurs. 12th Oct. – Rebecca Larson – http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/Pastimes for a Princess

Fri. 13th Oct. – Amy Licence – http://amylicence.weebly.com/‘My beloved future Empress’: Mary and the Emperor Charles V

Sat. 14th Oct. – Tudor Times – Deborah Roil – www.tudortimes.co.uk – Sibling rivalry: Mary, Edward and Elizabeth

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for October 2017

New Books
New this month is a book I’ve been looking forward to for a while, Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors: The Untold Story. I’m really hoping it comes out in Audible so there’s a good chance I’ll actually get to read (okay, listen) to it soon! It is out on October 5 in the UK and November 14 in the US in hardback.

More Books

One book I missed from last month – Amy Robsart: A Life and Its End by Christine Hartweg came out in September in the US and UK:

Several books that have been out in the UK for a while will be out in the US in October:

Colouring History: The Tudors by Natalie Grueninger and Kathryn Holeman is now officially out in the US, although I got my pre-order from Amazon weeks ago!

And Terry Breverton’s Owen Tudor: Founding Father of the Tudor Dynasty is also now out in hardcover in the US (although the Kindle version was available earlier):

Lauren Johnson’s So Great a Prince: The Accession of Henry VIII: 1509 (US title), which was released last year in the UK is now out in the US. UK link goes to the paperback edition which was released back in February:

Events


The Mary Rose Trust Anniversary Lectures – Celebrating 35 years since the raising of the Mary Rose. Details on how to purchase tickets are available at the link.

Join us to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose with two days of fascinating talks. We will be welcoming speakers such as Dr Miranda Kaufmann, Dr Fred Hocker who is Head of Research at the Vasa Museum, Professor Jon Adams and noted historian Dr David Starkey.

The talks are taking place over two days (Friday 13th and Saturday 14th October 2017), starting at 10am each day until around 3:30pm, in the Princess Royal Gallery at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, on site at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Refreshments, including a free lunch, will be provided throughout the day and both days will conclude with a visit the Mary Rose Museum.


BBC History Magazine’s History Weekends for 2017 will be held on October 6 – 8 in Winchester and November 24 – 26 in York. Details on speakers and tickets are at the link.

New Display

Henry VII: The First Royal Portrait opens at the Museum of Somerset on October 17, 2017 and runs through January 6, 2018. The 1505 portrait of Henry VII is on loan to the museum from the National Portrait Gallery. Check the link for more information, including associated events.

Continuing Exhibitions and Displays

The first two of these are ending this month:

The Encounter – Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London on July 12 and runs through October 22. Tickets can be booked at the gallery’s website linked above. More about the exhibition:

The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters is explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is Power & Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I opened on June 7 and will run through October 29, 2017 at From the website:

A special display exploring how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

Two spectacular panel paintings by Nicholas Hilliard will be accompanied by loans from the Royal Collection and National Portrait Gallery. Visitors will learn about the scientific and scholarly detective work that has led to this important discovery and will be able to compare it with the famous ‘Phoenix’ portrait of Elizabeth I.

Images of the queen will be flanked by those of her charismatic suitor, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her ambassador to France, Sir Amias Paulet and the doomed nobleman, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

Reformation – Shattered World, New Beginnings opened on June 26 and runs through December 15 at the Senate House Library at the University of London. You can download a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue for free at the website (something I like to see more of for those of us who can’t make it to a lot of these events and don’t want to pay for the expensive shipping to the US!).

Sunday Short Takes

Finally time for another round-up!

* The huge dig by The Deep revealing Hull’s Royal secrets – including King Henry VIII’s fortress – Warning – autoplay video (but otherwise very interesting!)

* 10 Minute Tudors: Leanda de Lisle – A new podcast from historian and author Leanda de Lisle (link goes to iTunes)

* Inside the Tudor court – A great post from the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts blog featuring images from four recently digitized account books of Henry VII and Henry VIII (links to the manuscripts are at the bottom of the post)

* Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, and the Ashbourne Charter of 1585 – Nice discussion by Suzannah Lipscomb of the iconography in an Elizabethan charter and the few examples we have of Elizabeth I remembering her mother, Anne Boleyn.

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

Mix of stuff this week!

* Sad news to start with: Robert Hardy, star of Harry Potter and All Creatures Great & Small, dies aged 91 – Although most of the articles I saw focused on his recent work in the Harry Potter films, Tudor history fans will probably also know him from his portrayal of Robert Dudley in the BBC Elizabeth R series.

* And speaking of Harry Potter: Merlin’s beard! Harry Potter’s childhood home in Godric’s Hollow is on the marketThis is one of the most historically significant houses in the area, owned from the 14th to the 17th centuries by the de Veres, the richest family in the country after the monarch. – I really wanted to make it to Lavenham when I was in England in 2015 but I just couldn’t fit it in. Another for the “reasons to go again” list!

* Next up – more digging in Leicester!: Archaeologists are set to carry out a dig at Leicester’s Abbey Park – here’s why – The dig is concentrating on discovering more about medieval life at the abbey, but I’m secretly hoping they find the burial of Cardinal Wolsey, who died there while traveling to London. Abbey Park was another place that I had originally hoped to visit when I was in England two years ago but I ended up spending more time at the cathedral and Richard III visitor center than I originally planned so I skipped the Abbey Park to give more time for my visit that afternoon to the Bosworth Battlefield.

* Big announcement – The Tudor Summit 2017 is coming in just a few weeks! I wish I could participate this year but the timing didn’t work out. Hopefully my schedule will actually allow me to join in on in the future!

Join 16th century historians and bloggers at The Tudor Summit 2017 happening online on September 3 and 4!

The Tudor Summit is a two day online event bringing together Tudor history enthusiasts from all over the world to connect with each other, and listen to interviews and lectures from some of the leading Tudor History historians, bloggers, and podcasters. With lecture topics ranging from Tudor portraiture, fashion, and music; to Henry VIII’s wives, and the Princess Mary’s relationships with them, it will be a jam packed and engaging agenda!

The event will be broadcast live on September 3 and 4, starting at 4pm UK time, and registration is free to attend live!

For more information, please visit:
http://www.englandcast.com/the-2017-tudor-history-day-summit/

* The Society of Antiquaries put up a neat video about the volume of the Inventory of Henry VIII from their collections:

* And finally, enjoy a flyover of a digital reconstruction of Edinburgh from 1544

Edinburgh 1544 – Location Compilation from Smart History on Vimeo.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for August 2017

Books

A nice variety of new books of interest are due out in August!

First up is Amy Licence’s latest work, The Lost Kings: Lancaster, York and Tudor, which is due out August 1 in the UK and in early 2018 in the US.

Next is the latest from On the Tudor Trail’s Natalie Grueninger, Discovering Tudor London: A Journey Back in Time which will be released August 7 in the UK and in December in the US.

Nathen Amin, author of Tudor Wales latest book is House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown. It will be released on August 15 in the UK and in early November in the US.

And finally, Tudor Fashion: Dress at Court by Eleri Lynn will be released on August 22 in the UK and will be out in the US on September 12 in the US.

Events

The Bosworth Medieval Festival 2017 is on August 19 and 20 and will feature, among many other things, a talk by Leanda de Lisle on “Tudor: The Family Story”.

Continuing Exhibitions and Displays

Blood Royal: Picturing the Tudor Monarchy opened on July 25 and runs through August 25 at The Society of Antiquaries of London. They now have a virtual version of the exhibition available online.

The Encounter – Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt opened at the National Portrait Gallery, London on July 12 and runs through October 22. Tickets can be booked at the gallery’s website linked above. More about the exhibition:

The creative encounter between individual artists and sitters is explored in this major exhibition featuring portrait drawings by some of the outstanding masters of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire is Power & Portraiture: painting at the court of Elizabeth I opened on June 7 and will run through October 29, 2017 at From the website:

A special display exploring how Elizabeth I and her courtiers used portraits to fashion their public image and promote themselves in a glamorous, dangerous world.

Two spectacular panel paintings by Nicholas Hilliard will be accompanied by loans from the Royal Collection and National Portrait Gallery. Visitors will learn about the scientific and scholarly detective work that has led to this important discovery and will be able to compare it with the famous ‘Phoenix’ portrait of Elizabeth I.

Images of the queen will be flanked by those of her charismatic suitor, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, her ambassador to France, Sir Amias Paulet and the doomed nobleman, Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk.

Reformation – Shattered World, New Beginnings opened on June 26 and runs through December 15 at the Senate House Library at the University of London. You can download a digital copy of the exhibition catalogue for free at the website (something I like to see more of for those of us who can’t make it to a lot of these events and don’t want to pay for the expensive shipping to the US!).

Sunday Short Takes

More entries for the “OMG I want to win the lottery and buy this place!” wishlist!

First up is Otley Hall in Suffolk, which was mostly built in the 16th century. You can see the listing at Savills here.

And next is Flemings Hall, also in Suffolk, which has parts dating back to the 14th century with 16th century additions. You can see the listing at Savills here.

In other news:

The Rex Factor podcast will soon be launching a Kickstarter for an animated show, which you can see a teaser trailer for here:

Rex Factor – The Animated Show Teaser Trailer from Tinmouse Animation Studio on Vimeo.

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: