Picture of the Week #665

The Hathaway Bed at Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, near Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

This bed was made sometime between 1580 and 1650 and if this was the (in)famous “second best bed” left to Anne in Shakespeare’s will, then that’s not too shabby! There might be more images of beds in the next few weeks since I’ve started going back into the office 3-4 days each week and I’m getting less sleep now. 🙂

Picture of the Week #664

Mosaic pavement in Norwich Cathedral. Photo May 2015.

This mosaic reminded me of the magnificent Cosmati Pavement at Westminster Abbey although the one at Norwich is not actually a Cosmati and is much ‘newer’ since it dates from the 19th century. A younger, more ambitious version of me (or maybe a future, retired version of me) would make a quilt of this!

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for August 2021

Wow, it’s already August! I know for some people this is the time to enjoy peak summer, but I’ve lived in Texas my whole life and here August is usually just something to be endured (with the only relief coming from the occasional hurricane). But autumn is on the horizon!

Books

There are a couple of new releases this month, starting off with The Boleyns of Hever Castle by Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway, which is out today in both the UK and US. Hever is definitely one of those high on my ‘revisit list’ for some future return to the UK. I visited on my first trip in 1998 and haven’t been back there on any subsequent visit so I’m overdue to go back!

And the latest work by Amy Licence Woodsmoke and Sage: The Five Senses 1485-1603: How the Tudors Experienced the World will be out near the end of the month in the UK and later in the year in the US under the title Living Like a Tudor: Woodsmoke and Sage: A Sensory Journey Through Tudor England. UK or US edition – it’s a very evocative title!

Events

The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park will once again be marking the anniversary of the battle that launched the Tudor Dynasty with a week of activities and events – both in person and online this year! The Bosworth Medieval Medley will run from August 16 to 22 and includes themed walks, online presentations, and more! Please see the link for schedules, ticket information, and COVID safety measures.

Continuing Exhibitions

No new exhibitions this month, but the ones I’ve mentioned in the last few months are continuing on!

The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition. I’m not sure of the end date on this one, but I’m guessing it will be on for a while since it was delayed for so long.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) opened in Greenwich on May 28 and will run through October 31.

The celebrations of the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King at Hampton Court Palace were delayed for about a year, but they finally started on May 20 of this year.

And finally, the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley at Burghley House were also delayed because of the pandemic, but the did begin this year starting back in March and will run throughout the year.

Picture of the Week #659

Stained glass window at the Church of St Michael, Framlingham. Photo May 2015.

I tried to do a little digging to figure out whose arms are in the center of the window but I didn’t have any luck. If anyone knows, please leave a comment!

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for July 2021

Welcome to the second half of the year! Just one book update this month, but the rest of the summer and the fall look to have some exciting releases.

Books

The Brandon Men: In the Shadow of Kings by Sarah Bryson was released last month in the UK and is due out in the US on July 15.

Continuing Exhibitions

No new exhibitions this month, but the ones I mentioned last month are still going on for a while and there are a few new things on the horizon as things start to open up!

The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition. I’m not sure of the end date on this one, but I’m guessing it will be on for a while since it was delayed for so long.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) opened in Greenwich on May 28 and will run through October 31.

The celebrations of the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King at Hampton Court Palace were delayed for about a year, but they finally started on May 20 of this year.

And finally, the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley at Burghley House were also delayed because of the pandemic, but the did begin this year starting back in March and will run throughout the year.

Upcoming Books, Exhibitions, and Events for June 2021

Books

I only have one book on my tracking sheet for this month, although I suspect there are others that I’ve missed since I had a hard time keeping up with publications that were delayed during the pandemic. I also have one or two more things I am tracking but I don’t have release date info on them yet. So, that means just one new release this month:

Sarah Bryson’s The Brandon Men: In the Shadow of Kings is due out in print in mid-June in the UK and on Kindle in the US (print in the US next month). Nice to see some more books on the Brandons!

Continuing Exhibitions

No new exhibitions this month, but most of the ones I mentioned last month are still going on for a while:

The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition. I’m not sure of the end date on this one, but I’m guessing it will be on for a while since it was delayed for so long.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) opened in Greenwich on May 28 and will run through October 31.

The celebrations of the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King at Hampton Court Palace were delayed for about a year, but they finally started on May 20 of this year.

And finally, the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley at Burghley House were also delayed because of the pandemic, but the did begin this year starting back in March and will run throughout the year.

Picture of the Week #654

The Whitehall Mural by Remigius van Leemput (1667) at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This is one of two surviving copies of the Whitehall Mural by Hans Holbein the Younger. The original was destroyed in a fire but we do have part of the preparatory sketch, which is held by the National Portrait Gallery. (Apologies for the glare and blur on the photo!)

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for May 2021

How are we already 1/3 of the way into 2021? Although my notion of time has really been messed up since March 2020 anyway…

Books
Nathen Amin’s Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck, and Warwick that was released last month in the UK is due out in the US on May 15:

And in new Tudor history books out this month, Franny Moyle’s The King’s Painter: The Life and Times of Hans Holbein will be out at the end of the month in the UK and in the fall in the US. I’m always happy to see more work on Holbein the man, in addition to Holbein the artist.

Exhibitions

So great to see that a lot of exhibitions are finally opening up! Some of these have been on my radar for over a year and a half now. And I missed this first one until shortly after I posted last month’s round-up:

The Philip Mould Gallery in London has an exhibition of Elizabethan & Jacobean portraiture called Love’s Labour’s Found that opened on April 21 and will run through May 28.

I think this exhibit was open for a short while before the pandemic set in, but regardless, now it’s back on starting May 17! The Royal Museums Greenwich united the three versions of the Armada Portrait for the first time for the Faces of a Queen exhibition.

And the Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits exhibition that has been around the world (including here in Texas!) will be opening in Greenwich on May 28 and will run through October 31.

The celebrations of the 500th anniversary of The Field of the Cloth of Gold, Gold and Glory: Henry VIII and the French King at Hampton Court Palace were delayed for about a year, but now they are finally due to start on May 20.

And finally, the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley at Burghley House were also delayed because of the pandemic, but the did begin this year starting back in March and will run throughout the year.