Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for February 2019


A few books that were released in the UK last year will be released in the US this month.

Among The Wolves of Court: Thomas and George Boleyn by Lauren Mackay will be out at the end of February in the US.

And Kate Hubbard’s Devices and Desires: Bess of Hardwick and the Building of Elizabethan England will also be released in the US at the end of the month.

In new releases, Suzannah Lipscomb’s latest work, The Voices of Nîmes: Women, Sex, and Marriage in Reformation Languedoc will be out on February 14 in the UK and in April in the US.

Next up, John Morton: Adversary of Richard III, Power Behind the Tudors by Stuart Bradley will be out mid-month in the UK and will be released in the summer in the US.

And finally, the catalogue for the exhibition listed below, Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, will be released on February 21 in both the UK and US.


Elizabethan Treasures – Miniatures by Hilliard & Oliver opens at the National Portrait Gallery London on February 21, 2019 and runs through May 19, 2019.

From the website:

Described as ‘a thing apart from all other painting or drawing’, the portrait miniatures of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods are some of the greatest works of art to be produced in the British Isles. Hilliard and Oliver were compared by their contemporaries to Michelangelo and Raphael, and gained international fame and admiration.

This will be the first major UK exhibition of these miniatures for a generation. It will explore what these intimate images reveal about identity, society and visual culture in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

‘We are Bess’ re-opens at Hardwick Hall on February 16 and runs to June 2 this year. The exhibition is also be available online – something I always appreciate for those of us who can’t easily visit in person.

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Norwich Castle. Photo May 2015.

Norwich Castle originally dates from the 11th and 12th centuries and served as a prison for several hundred years, including the Tudor era. The castle was completely refaced in the 19th century but is a faithful recreation of the original. Since the late 19th century is has been the home of the Norwich Museum.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for January 2019

Happy New Year! Best wishes to everyone for a great 2019!


I totally missed this one last year – Elizabeth I of England through Valois Eyes by Estelle Paranque was released in October in the US and in December in the UK. This is another work in the Queenship and Power series that has been running for a while now.

Tracy Borman’s Henry VIII and the Men Who Made Him is now out in the US after a release last fall in the UK.

Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister by Melanie Clegg came out back in September in the UK and will be out in early January in the US.

And finally – Michael Bayus has produced an audiobook entitled Project Grey Noise about Jane Grey finding herself in the 21st century and trying to set the record straight on her history. I could have sworn that I had blogged about and/or linked to an earlier version of this project *somewhere* on this site but I can’t find it to save my life! Regardless, you can learn more about it and purchase the audiobook through the website ProjectGreyNoise.com or clicking on the cover image below!

Exhibition Ending This Month

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting an exhibition organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London entitled Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol which opened on October 7, 2018 and runs through January 27, 2019. (I still haven’t had a chance to get over to Houston to see this, but I might be able to over the MLK weekend – we’ll see!)


Peterborough Cathedral’s annual Katharine of Aragon Festival will be held this year from the 25th through the 27th of January. You can learn more and get tickets at their website!

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Entrance to Castle Rising Castle, Norfolk. Photo May 2015.

It looks like I haven’t actually used any of my photos from Castle Rising yet, so it was definitely time to add one. My visit there was in some of the worst weather I had on that trip, but that meant I basically had the place to myself! 🙂

The castle dates from the 12th century and in Tudor times it passed to Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk and it has stayed in the Howard family ever since.

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for December 2018


Somehow I only have one book for December so, as usual, that probably means I’m missing a lot of stuff!

The one book I have on my tracking sheet is an academic work Michelle L. Beer entitled Queenship at the Renaissance Courts of Britain: Catherine of Aragon and Margaret Tudor, 1503-1533 which comes out on December 20 in both the US and UK.


The Tudor Society Open Weekend 2018

The Tudor Society will have an open weekend for non-members from December 7 to 9 where you can register and explore the site as if you were a member. Click the link above for more information!

Continuing Exhibitions

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is hosting an exhibition organized by the National Portrait Gallery, London entitled Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits from Holbein to Warhol which opened on October 7, 2018 and runs through January 27, 2019.

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.

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St James the Great Church, Castle Acre, Norfolk. Photo May 2015

There is already a lot of history to see in Castle Acre, but the parish church is definitely worth a visit too! The current building is primarily from the 14th and 15th century with some restoration work in the 19th century.