Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for April 2020

Books

To the best of my knowledge, these release dates are still accurate, but I do know of a few releases that have been delayed due to the coronavirus shutdowns.

The Man Behind the Tudors: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk by Kirsten Claiden-Yardley came out earlier this year in the UK and will be released on April 21 in the US.

Next up is A Hidden History of the Tower of London by John Paul Davis that came out at the end of February in the UK and will be out at the end of April in the US.

And finally, Elizabeth I: The Making of a Queen by Laura Brennan will be out April 30 in the UK and in the summer in the US.

New Exhibitions

I had two new exhibitions on my tracking sheet that were due to open this month, but of course they are both now closed. But I’m going to post them anyway for planning purposes when they do get a chance to open.

The Tudors to Windsors Exhibition that came here to Texas back in 2018 and then travelled to Australia in 2019 is now at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. It was originally scheduled to open April 3, but it is now delayed until the museum can re-open. In the meantime, enjoy it virtually at this page – Look Inside: Tudors to Windsors.

To celebrate the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold, Hampton Court Palace was due to open a new exhibition on April 10, but is now delayed until at least May 31. In the meantime, enjoy the information about it on the Palace’s website.

Continuing Exhibitions

This exhibition is currently closed but this is still some interesting information about the portraits on the page!

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

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Tudor front of Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

Henry VIII self-isolated before it was cool, although I can’t remember if he ever did it at Hampton Court. Regardless, I’m sure he was doing it in a space much larger than my 700 sq. ft. apartment!

I hope all of you are well and staying safe and that we’ll see crowds like these again in our lives soon (but not before it’s safe to do so!).

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for March 2020

Books

I’m pretty sure most people know that the long-awaited third book in Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, The Mirror and the Light will be out in early March! The book will be out March 5 in the UK and March 10 in the US.

Also this month, The Queen’s Sisters: The Lives of the Sisters of Elizabeth Woodville by Sarah J. Hodder will be out March 27 in the UK and April 1 in the US.

Continuing Exhibitions

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

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Former burial place of Mary Queen of Scots in Peterborough Cathedral. Photo May 2015.

This is just another angle on Picture of the Week #455 from a few years ago. I picked this photo since the anniversary of Mary’s execution was a couple of days ago, but I had totally forgotten that it was actually several months before Mary was actually buried in Peterborough. (And then a few decades later, her body was moved to Westminster Abbey, in the reign of her son James VI/I).

Upcoming Books, Events, and Exhibitions for February 2020

Books

The Man Behind the Tudors: Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk by Kirsten Claiden-Yardley came out at the end of last month in the UK and will be released in early May is the US:

And later this month, John Paul Davis has A Hidden History of the Tower of London: England’s Most Notorious Prisoners coming out in the UK and it will be out in June in the US. While not solely a Tudor history book, you can’t talk about prisoners in the Tower without talking about the Tudors!

New Exhibitions

The Royal Museums Greenwich will be uniting the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition that opens on February 13 and runs through August 31. I would love to see this but it’s quite unlikely that I’ll be getting back across the pond this year (still saving up to buy a new car…) so I’m going to be jealous of anyone who gets to visit!

Continuing Exhibition

The Bacton Altar Cloth at Hampton Court Palace – See the Bacton Altar Cloth, a rare survival of Elizabethan dress worn by Elizabeth I and the iconic Rainbow Portrait, this autumn at Hampton Court Palace. The cloth will be on display from October 12, 2019 through February 23, 2020.

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Bury St Edmunds Abbey and Gardens. Photo May 2015

The ruins of the Abbey (former burial place of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk) have been made into a nice garden space that I spent a while wandering around when I was there.

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Blickling Hall, Norfolk. Photo May 2015

I thought I would celebrate the 125th birthday of the National Trust by posting a photo from one of the properties in their care that I visited on my last trip over. If I remember correctly, this is basically my first view of the Hall after coming around the hedges after the short walk over from the car park.

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Bedroom at the Shakespeare Birthplace. Photo May 2015

I think this is the bedroom that is traditionally said to be where Shakespeare was born. I chose this in honor of starting the Shakespeare 2020 Project where I’m joining William Shakespeare’s Star Wars author Ian Doescher’s reading of all the works of Shakespeare this year. I made an attempt to read and/or watch all of the plays between 2014 (450th anniversary of the Bard’s birth) and 2016 (400th anniversary of his death) but only made about 1/3 of the way. I’m trying again this year and, using Ian’s schedule, I think I’ll actually do it. Once I figured out that you really only need to read about one act a day, it doesn’t seem quite so daunting. I have the Shakespeare Pro app on my iPad and iPhone so I will have the plays handy most of the time!