Upcoming books for April 2021

Events and exhibitions seem to still be on hold for a little while although it looks like some will be resuming soon. But the publishing schedules seems to finally be getting back to normal, so it’s time for a new book round-up!

First up is Sarah-Beth Watkins Elizabeth I’s Last Favorite: Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex which was just released in the UK and will be out in the US in a few days. I’m trying to remember of any recent books on Essex himself and not just part of an examination of the reign of Elizabeth I, so this is good to see!

Next is King & Collector: Henry VIII and the Art of Kingship by Linda Collins and Siobhan Clarke which will be out in April in the UK and in November in the US (although it appears the Kindle version will be released in April in the US as well – the link below is for the hardcover pre-order). This looks to be an interesting exploration of Henry VIII as a patron of the arts, especially for art on his favorite subject – himself! 😀

I’ve been looking forward to Nathen Amin’s latest book, Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck, and Warwick for a while so I’m glad to see it finally coming out in April in the UK and in May in the US. I think this was one of several books of people I follow on Twitter that got hit by COVID delays.

This next book in the Chronos Crime Chronicles series is out at the end of the month and is titled Chronos Crime Chronicles – Jane Parker: The Downfall of Two Tudor Queens? by Charlie Fenton.

Finally, The York Princesses: The daughters of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville by Sarah J. Hodder is out at the end of the month in the UK and the US. I think the other princesses tend to get overshadowed by Elizabeth of York, so it’s nice to see an exploration of her sisters’ lives.

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Woodland walk at Blickling Hall. Photo May 2015.

Happy Spring for the northern hemisphere! Things have usually fully bloomed and leafed out here in central Texas by now, but things are a little delayed this year because of the Big Freeze last month so I was looking for something colorful for this week.

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Historical farming equipment at Mary Arden’s Farm in Wilmcote, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

This is the time of year that I really miss having a garden. I think I’m going to have to finally see if I can get a plot at the nearby community garden or at the one I had a plot at in college (which will be more convenient whenever I’m finally back to driving from home to work again!).

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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.

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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.

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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.