Apologies for having such a complicated 'contact info' page, but I get many different kinds of emails so hopefully this page will answer some questions ahead of time and save some people time and trouble.
If you wish to send comments, go ahead and pass them along. I do try to respond to emails but please understand that sometimes I can't always respond promptly. One tip - to help keep your emails from ending in my spam folder, please use a descriptive subject line in your email. Messages with subjects like "hi" or no subject at all tend to have a greater chance of getting caught by the spam filter.
If you have a typo or correction to send, please include the URL of the page where you found it. Even better, tell me approximately where on the page the error is if it is a lengthy page. If you have a correction on information, please send a reference if you can. I don't claim to have everything 100% correct! In fact, on the old chronology pages I accidentally had Thomas Wyatt Jr. being beheading twice -- quite a feat if it had been true.
If you have questions, please read the rest of this page closely, since it will guide you to either the answer or the best way to submit a question.
If you have a question about me, my backgroud, or the history of the website, please check the About this Site page.
If you have a question about the Tudors or Tudor history, you have a couple of options: You can submit the question to the Tudor Question and Answer blog. Instructions for submitting are at the top. You should also look through past questions to see if someone has already asked your question and if it's been answered. If you are looking for links to other sites that might have information on the topic you are researching, please see the links section of this site. Yes, I know there are a lot of links there, but I've tried to categorize them in a helpful way. Also, please see the Student Guide if you are looking for help on a paper or project. It may help get you started in the right direction. Unfortunately I am unable to assist with personal research questions.
Advertising and site/domain purchase inquiries, SEO
At this point I'm planning to just run Google ads and I'm not interested in any another advertising on the site. Please do not email me about advertising rates or requests to run an ad on a page or SEO consulting. Also, the website itself and/or the domain name is not for sale and I'm not interested in selling it.
Guest posts and translation services
I do have occasional guest posts on the blog, but I limit those to publishers, authors, and researchers that I have worked with in the past. Please do not "cold call" email me about writing guest posts, especially ones that you're willing to pay me to post. I also am not interested in paying anyone to translate the site into other languages.
If you have a site that you want me to link to (and I haven't already), please send me an email. I will link to businesses, as long as they are related to the topic of this site. I want to emphasize this last part! I've received requests to link to sites that were obviously only found by keyword searching and the sender didn't actually bother to look at the content of this site. Also, the links are posted in the Links section of the site and only there. And please do not send me an email saying "I know you said you won't link to these kinds of site anymore, but will you make an exception for me?". No! Not even if you offer money for the link (which is basically more advertising, which I don't want to do beyond the Google ads currently on the site.)
Types of sites I will no longer link to:
* General costume/fancy dress shopping sites
* Art reproduction shops with only a small number of Tudor and/or Renaissance art
* Book price comparison sites (that aren't actual booksellers themselves)
* Stock photo websites
* Lists of topical resources on a page at a domain that obviously isn't related to the topic of the page
(e.g. a list of Shakespeare resource sites at a domain that sells sectional sofas or home insurance - yes, I really get these. They are obviously just trying to game the pagerank system and I won't link to them.)
All original graphics, photographs, and text on this page are © (copyright) Lara E. Eakins except where noted. That said, feel free to quote or use anything I've writen on the site or my photos and graphics for any non-commercial use as long as you credit me and/or the site.
All of the pages in the electronic texts section are in the public domain to the best of my knowledge. I would appreciate credit for the time that I've taken to put these documents into electronic format if you use them in a project, paper, website, etc.
The copyright on the images of paintings is a little less straightforward. Almost all of the paintings on this site were created before copyright law even existed and are certainly in the public domain. However the owners of the artwork have often claimed that the *photographs* of the paintings are copyrighted. There are several problems with this assertion but the bottom line is that a photograph whose purpose is to exactly reproduce the public domain art in question does not have the element of creativity that grants it copyright protection. This was the basis of the decision in the Bridgeman v. Corel case of 1999. A more recent discussion of this issue can be found here: UK Intellectual Property Office: what is in the Public Domain must stay in the Public Domain
Image Use Information
If you only want to print out an image for a paper, report, thesis, to wallpaper your bedroom with, to throw darts at, make a quilt with... (you get the idea), then by all means do it. You do not need to email me. The same goes for downloading image to use as a background for your monitor or some other personal (non-web) use, including Power Point presentations. That includes portraits, paintings and photographs. If you are using them in a paper or report or something you will be graded on, then please cite your source. If it's a portrait or painting you should note the location or owner of the original (in the right hand column on gallery pages or beneath the image on single images), and I'd certainly appreciate credit for taking the time to scan them in and post them on the web. If the image is one of my photographs, please credit me as the photographer.
If you want to use any image on a non-commercial website (personal, for a class, a non-profit organization, etc.), again, feel free to do so. And again, it would be nice for you to credit my website. If you want to use one of my photographs, please give credit to me as the photographer. The only stipulation I have is that you copy any images to your own server and don't link directly to the image on my website, especially since I occasionally move things around or re-name them and it would break your image link.
If you want to use an image in a publication that will be sold or be used in an advertisement or used on a commerical website, then things are a little more complicated. If you want to use a portrait or painting image, then the issue mentioned up in the copyright section comes in to play. The safest way to use one of those images is to license it from the owner. Most of the galleries have websites and most include reproduction information. Besides avoiding any potential legal issues, you will be able to obtain a much higher-resolution and better print quality image if it is supplied by the gallery. I have a directory of contacts for most of the galleries and owners of portraits and paintings on this site. If you would like to use one of my photographs in this manner, then please contact me. I do usually charge a small reproduction fee for commercial use of my photographs and/or request a small donation and/or a copy of the work the photo is used in.
Thanks for your understanding!
Lara Eakins - firstname.lastname@example.org