Back from vacation!

We had a great time in Maine, relaxing, shopping and various other activities. One place we went was to Big Chicken Barn Books and Antiques , where I found some Tudor related books at some great prices. I’ve been looking for a color version of the full-length portrait of Margaret Tudor (the one at Holyrood) for years, and who knew I’d finally find it in a $3 book in a chicken barn in Maine.

I’ve updated the pen pal messages and query submissions that came in while I was out, and hopefully I’ve now responded to all the emails that I needed to. If I’ve missed one, my apologies!

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On vacation Aug 2-16

I’m trying to cover all the bases with my vacation notice, so I thought I would add one here too. I’ll be on a small island off the coast of Maine (northeastern-most part of the US, for those in other countries who aren’t familiar with our states) for two whole weeks! (Can you tell I’m really in need of a vacation??) I’ll probably only check email once or twice during that time, and I probably won’t be answering any email at all. I’ll update things as soon as I can when I get back, but it will probably take a few days to catch up on everything.

I’m taking a few Tudor-ish books along, so I might work on the site some, especially days when the weather isn’t cooperating with boating, hiking, etc. 🙂

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England’s Boy King: The Diary of Edward VI, 1547-1553

Edited by Jonathan North.

I think this is the first time in quite a while that the diary has been available? I’m looking forward to reading it one of these days!

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Recent updates and a tidbit

Some of you may be wondering what I’ve been up to of late. I have been working on some stuff for the site, including expanding some of the guides to the nobility and church members of the Tudor period, as well as adding information to some of the royal genealogy information. I’ve also been playing around with making some of my own genealogical trees (thank goodness for “Layers” in Photoshop!), but I haven’t posted the first one yet. I’ll try to get that up shortly, so folks can look at it and point out some obvious dumb mistake I’ve made. 🙂

And now for something almost off-topic, but not quite… As some of you might know, I’m a big Harry Potter fan, so when a reader sent a link to me of the cub reporters’ interview with J. K. Rowling and mentioned that she drops Henry VIII’s name, I just had to find a way to work it into the blog somehow. So, here it is! .

I’ve got a couple more things, which I’ll update later this evening if I get a chance.

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King Henry the Ape?

Well, at least according to Bucky Katt’s (of the comic strip “Get Fuzzy”) animal-centric history of the world.

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Got a spare £80,000 or so?

Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off a portrait of Henry VIII. For just a paltry $150,000/£80,000 (more or less, depending on the bidding) it can be yours!

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Elizabethan Garden at Kenilworth to be rebuilt

Thanks to the several people who brought this to my attention!

As the link above tells (do a search on news.google.com for “kenilworth” and “garden” to find more stories), excavations from last year have prompted researchers rethink the design of the current garden. (original links have expired and have been removed)

You can see my photo from the walls of the castle here: http://tudorhistory.org/places/kenilworth/gallery.html , taken in 1998. The garden will be reconstructed according to the new archaeological evidence, along with renovations of other parts of the property, including the 16th century gatehouse which has not been open to the public for quite some time.

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Shakespeare Portrait found to be a fake

The Flower Portrait of William Shakespeare (owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company) has been found to have been painted in the early 19th century and not the “1609” date inscribed on it. Through paint analysis, microphotography, ultraviolet imaging and x-rays, the portrait has been determined to have come from between 1814 and 1840.

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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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Site search back up

I’ve got the search working again for the site. I ended up switching it to a Google site search, since I was having trouble with the one that came with my hosting plan. Unfortunately, that now means you’ll also get outside results from Google image search (on some searches), product results and Google’s Sponsored Links along the right side of the results page. But everything that shows up will be search hits from TudorHistory.org. Sorry for all the clutter, but for now it’s the easiest search solution.

I’ve also added links to the old “What’s New?” pages and the old News and Events pages along the left side of the blog.

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Return link and icon added

Small update so far today… I’ve added the Tudor Rose icon from the site to the sidebar and it is linked back to the main site index page.

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Welcome!

Hello all!

If you are a regular or semi-regular visitor to the site, you will notice that this blog has now taken the place of the “What’s New?” and the “Tudor News and Events” pages. I will still keep the archive of the old updates and articles up, but all new information will be on the blog.

For now I’m just going to use this neat template called “Scribe” that was already available at Blogger, since it sort of already matches the style of the pages here on the site. Once I get better at editing the template code, I’ll probably update the template to look like the other pages. Or maybe I’ll go with something completely different, depending on my mood. :^)

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Archive Post: Manor Lodge in Sheffield

I received a letter from the Manor Lodge in Sheffield, a property with Tudor connections, about their efforts to save parts of the Manor and the Turret House. If you can help or are interested in getting the word out on their plight, check out their website: https://sheffieldmanorlodge.org/

You can also download a PDF of the letter with more information and contacts.

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Archive Post: No more personal research questions

I’ve only made a couple of updates in the past two weeks. One important thing that I added to the “Send Email” page is that I can no longer answer individual research questions for people. I just don’t have the time and am going to have even less in the near future with the class I’m taking (on top of working full-time) and house hunting (and hopefully moving once the hunt is successful!). If you want help with more information about a topic related to Tudor History, the best suggestion I can make is joining one of the email lists. My apologies that it has come to this, but after so many years of spending time looking things up in books for folks, I just can’t justify spending the time on it any more.

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