Henry VIII’s final illness in the April BBC History Magazine

The cover article in the latest issue of the BBC History Magazine is all about the illness of Henry VIII. The author details his theory that it was Cushing’s Syndrome which changed Henry from an athletic and vigorous man into the overweight and diseased man of his later years.

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Irony of Prince’s Wedding Delay

I noticed this when I was scanning through the news headlines this morning. I’m glad to know that I wasn’t alone in thinking of the interesting ties of the Pope’s funeral and the wedding of the heir to the British throne to Henry VIII!

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A Pardon for Anne Boleyn?

Although this story was printed on April 1st, at least the BBC is saying that it wasn’t an April Fools prank.

The petition to have Anne declared innocent of the crimes that resulted in her execution comes from an 85-year-old survivor of the Battle of Britain who has been a life-long amateur historian. He is also requesting her reburial in Westminster Abbey, alongside her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

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Famous Tudor Pearl Among New Exhibit

The “La Peregrina” pearl, given from Philip II to Mary I, will be going on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC this week. The exhibit will run for about six months, so if you’re in the area, be sure to check out this piece of Tudor history!

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Archive Post: 450th anniversary of Mary I and Philip of Spain’s marriage

I’ve received several emails about celebrations and objects that will be on display at Winchester Cathedral this summer in honor of the 450th anniversary of Mary I’s marriage to Philip of Spain. Below are links to some articles about the events:

BBC article

Winchester Cathedral’s Official Site

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Archive Post: Elizabeth I exhibit opening at Greenwich next year

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth, an exhibit will go on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, on the site of the old Greenwich Palace where Elizabeth was born. Included in the exhibit is the amazing ring with the miniatures of Elizabeth and Anne Boleyn. Here’s a link to an article on the exhibit and ring at The Guardian.

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Archive News: Grave of Arthur Tudor Found

Two articles of a recent find from Worcester Cathedral: from The Telegraph in the UK and from Yahoo! News (original link expired). Scientists hope the find will help solve the mystery of the “sweating sickness” which is thought to have claimed Arthur’s life.

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Archive News: Margaret Tudor’s marriage anniversary

Here’s a little snippet about an exhibit that will be on display at Stirling Castle of the wedding of Margaret Tudor and James IV of Scotland :

No Expense Spared For Royal Wedding

Research by historians for a new exhibition to be held later this year at Stirling castle, has shown that the wedding of Margaret Tudor (sister of King Henry VIII of England) and King James IV of Scotland cost in the region of £500,000 at today’s prices. Margaret’s dress of white damask and flowered with gold and bordered with red velvet would have cost nearly £100,000. After the marriage the guests were treated to a 15-course banquet. The marriage was to set the seal on the “Treaty of Everlasting Friendship” between Scotland and England, signed in 1502. In 1513, James IV was killed at the battle of Flodden, in the English county of Northumberland. But it was as a consequence of the marriage that the Union of the Crowns was to take place in 1603. The exhibition at Stirling will run from March 20 to May 20.

Thanks to Wendy for passing this along!

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