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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Archive Post: 450th anniversary of Mary I and Philip of Spain’s marriage

I’ve received several emails about celebrations and objects that will be on display at Winchester Cathedral this summer in honor of the 450th anniversary of Mary I’s marriage to Philip of Spain. Below are links to some articles about the events:

BBC article

Winchester Cathedral’s Official Site

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Archive Post: Site redo 2004

The new design and re-organization is finally up! There are a couple of things that aren’t completely finished, but I wanted to go ahead and get the new stuff up.

Details on the re-do:

About the redesign, re-organization and new additions

First off, my apologies for taking so darn long to get the “new” site up. It took A LOT longer to do than I had expected. But I hope the wait has been worth it.

Anyone who has seen the main page in the past will notice a fairly big change from the old layout and graphics. After having some sort of Tudor rose vine on it since the pages began in the mid-90s, I finally got rid of it. Sorry to those who liked the vine, but I thought it was time for something different. The picture you see there now is one I took of a stained glass window from St. Gredifael Church on the Isle of Anglesey off the coast of North Wales, in the town of Penmynydd. The town is on Tudor ancestral lands and the 14th century church is the burial place of the uncle and aunt of Owen Tudor, the grandfather of Henry VII. The lettering around the window translates from the Welsh to Unity is like a rose on a river bank, and like a House of Steel on the top of a mountain. The Welsh of “House of Steel” is Ty Dur, or Tudor. (Thanks to http://www.anglesey-history.co.uk for the information!)

Also, you may notice the new Tudor rose that is in the upper left hand corner of all the pages now. Like the vine, I decided that the rose needed a change, so I made this new fancier one. And again, apologies to anyone who liked the old one better.

All the pages at the site now have the same layout, which the exception of the main page, the Tudor Monarchs intro page and the Six Wives of Henry VIII intro page. The Tudor Monarchs getting listed all together on the main page was done to help simplify the layout (which is probably still a little too cluttered, but that may change as I continue to tweak everything). I hope that the layout of the individual pages is more user-friendly and easier to navigate and than before.

The Who’s Who pages have been reorganized somewhat. Any person whom I had multiple images for have had the images split off into a separate gallery page (although I use that term loosely, since in most cases it’s only two or three images). If they had only one, it’s under their name and dates like before. I’ve also cross-linked a lot of people. So the entry for Elizabeth “Bessie” Blount has links to Henry VIII and Henry Fitzroy, for example.

I finally went through and checked all the links, and removed or corrected broken links, which was a task I was a year behind on. I’m hoping to be able to check and fix links about every two to three months in the future. People who report broken links with the form provided certainly help though! You will also notice that all the links now open to new windows. I’m sorry if you find that annoying, but I think that was a better way to organize things, and it makes it a lot easier when I go through and check to make sure links are still good.

Visitors to the old pages will also notice a reorganization of the Pen Pals (now under Connect With Other Tudor Fans). You have to go through an additional page now to get to the submission form, which I hope will cut down on spam and pranks and make absolutely clear how I intend the page to be used. I also only list the current month’s messages before they are archived (but there are links to all the previous months, so nothing was deleted). This is to cut down on the size of the individual pages, for quicker loading and (hopefully) a little less bandwidth usage.

The Query page has been renamed to Ask or Help Answer Questions. It’s still not a bulletin board, but I hope to make it one eventually. I want to put measures in place to keep it from being abused, but will also keep me from having to keep too close an eye on it, since that will take time away from working on other things.

The Life in Tudor England has now merged with the Topics in Tudor History. There is still a lot left to do on those pages!

The Chronologies are all back now, in a hopefully easier to use form. I’ve also done a little reorganizing of the Glossaries. There is now one big master glossary, which contains the general stuff in addition to all the terms in the topical glossaries (Food and Drink, Architecture, etc.). The topical ones are still there as well, and I’ve sort of finished the Courts. I say “sort of” since I know I’m missing some, but will add those at a future date. I also will get a Law and Legal Terms glossary up eventually.

I have added a partial index of the various image gallery pages. Hopefully this will cut down on the number of emails that I get saying “I can’t find any pictures of _____ (fill in the blank with the name of someone or something that I have pictures of on the site)”.

The long-promised Frequently Asked Questions pages are coming along too. I went through literally thousands of emails from the discussion list and things people have sent me directly to find out what topics come up the most often. I ended up splitting the pages into two sections, one that deals with Tudor history and the other with me, the site, etc.

Last but not least, I’ve added a section called Help Support This Site. I long ago decided that I wanted to keep banner ads off the site, although I probably could have made quite a bit of money off them over the years. But since the popularity of the site has gone up over the years, so has my bandwidth and hosting costs. To hopefully cover some of those costs (and pay off the credit cards that have had those costs billed to them over the years), I’ve added a Cafe Press store and an Amazon bookstore. More information is available on the page.

I think that just about covers it all! As always, you can check out the Latest Update page for info on what’s been added with the most recent updates.

Best wishes,

Lara

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Archive News: Last Section of the Mary Rose Found

Divers have found “the last piece of the puzzle” of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s ship which sank off Portsmouth in 1545 and mostly raised in 1982. (original links have expired and have been removed)

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Archive Post: BBC History write-up

Hello to anyone who stumbles on the site after our write-up in the September issue of BBC History! I was very flattered by the mention and am now feeling very guilty for not having worked very hard on the site for the past two years (coincidentally the time when I started taking classes again!). Although I don’t anticipate any substantial free time over the next few months, I think the guilt may get to me and I’ll try to work more on the site.

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Archive Post: Back from vacation 2003

Hello all! I’m back! Had a great time in England and Wales. I’ll be posting some of the photos eventually, along with a write-up of the Elizabeth exhibition at Greenwich (which was fabulous!).

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Archive Post: Elizabeth I exhibit opening at Greenwich next year

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Elizabeth, an exhibit will go on display at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, on the site of the old Greenwich Palace where Elizabeth was born. Included in the exhibit is the amazing ring with the miniatures of Elizabeth and Anne Boleyn. Here’s a link to an article on the exhibit and ring at The Guardian.

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Archive News: Grave of Arthur Tudor Found

Two articles of a recent find from Worcester Cathedral: from The Telegraph in the UK and from Yahoo! News (original link expired). Scientists hope the find will help solve the mystery of the “sweating sickness” which is thought to have claimed Arthur’s life.

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Archive Post: Death of the Queen Mother

Many condolences to the Royal Family and the British people on the death of the Queen Mother. She was much loved all over the world and we share your grief.

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Archive News: Margaret Tudor’s marriage anniversary

Here’s a little snippet about an exhibit that will be on display at Stirling Castle of the wedding of Margaret Tudor and James IV of Scotland :

No Expense Spared For Royal Wedding

Research by historians for a new exhibition to be held later this year at Stirling castle, has shown that the wedding of Margaret Tudor (sister of King Henry VIII of England) and King James IV of Scotland cost in the region of £500,000 at today’s prices. Margaret’s dress of white damask and flowered with gold and bordered with red velvet would have cost nearly £100,000. After the marriage the guests were treated to a 15-course banquet. The marriage was to set the seal on the “Treaty of Everlasting Friendship” between Scotland and England, signed in 1502. In 1513, James IV was killed at the battle of Flodden, in the English county of Northumberland. But it was as a consequence of the marriage that the Union of the Crowns was to take place in 1603. The exhibition at Stirling will run from March 20 to May 20.

Thanks to Wendy for passing this along!

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Archive Post: September 11, 2001

Hello all. First off, I would like to thank all my international friends for their support during the past few days. I can’t begin to tell you how much it means to us here in the States. It should also be noted that while this attack happened on American soil, there are many people from many nations who are lost or dead from the events of Septmeber 11. It was, after all, the WORLD Trade Center that was destroyed.

On a much more mundane front, I still don’t have my computer back from the second trip to the shop. I’ve just copied the files that I want to update down to the computer I’m borrowing, so I can continue to post pen pal messages. I’ll still make a couple of small updates and corrections to a couple of other pages. The files I was actually working on are still on the old computer though because I didn’t bother to copy them off, thinking that this would be a quick little adjustment. HA! They had to order a part, which they did after it had already been in for almost two weeks. And of course, when all the planes were grounded after the 11th, there was a big disruption of mail and freight service. So, it’s hard to know when I’ll get my machine back!

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Archive Post: Move to the new domain name

Welcome to the new home! Most of the stuff is in the same place from the old site, but there have been some changes. The chronologies and glossaries have moved to separate directories, and some of the files have moved into their own directories. Also, there are a couple of images from the old site that aren’t here right now, mainly because they are going to be replaced. I can’t remember any specifics, but I know there are a couple.

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