Sunday, November 25, 2007

TudorCast #18 - November 2007

Featured Website: The British Library

Music from

La Primavera, The Dufay Collective (album "Cancionero") and Jacob Heringman (album "Blame Not My Lute")

Intro - "Greensleeves" by La Primavera on "English Renaissance Music"
After news - "Passe Velours" by Jacob Heringman on "Blame Not My Lute"
After "This Month" -"Ya cantan los gallos" (excerpt) by Dufay Collective on "Cancionero"
After glossary - "Wolsey's Wilde" (excerpt) by La Primavera on "English Renaissance Music"
After text - "Trenchmore" by Jacob Heringman on "Blame Not My Lute"
After closing - "Recercata segunda" by La Primavera on "English Renaissance Music"

Episode Transcript

Direct mp3 download

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish all my fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a chance to spend it with family and friends. I would also like to give thanks to all of you who read the site and listen to the podcast!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Survey results...

ACK! I totally forgot to post this Friday afternoon/evening and just now remembered it.

Here's the graphical output for the results (click for a larger version)

And here are the raw numbers -- there were a total of 213 votes cast, so here's how the responses break down in actual votes and percentages (winner in bold):

Who is your favorite Tudor monarch?
Henry VII - 7 votes, 3.3%
Henry VIII - 62 votes, 29.1%
Edward VI - 0 votes, 0% (poor Edward!)
Jane Grey - 10 votes, 4.7%
Mary I - 4 votes, 1.9%
Elizabeth I - 130 votes, 61%

If you could go back in time and witness just one of the following events, which would it be?
The Battle of Bosworth Field - 14 votes, 6.6%
The wedding of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII - 43 votes, 20.2%
The Field of Cloth of Gold - 54 votes, 25.5%
The coronation of Elizabeth I - 77 votes, 36.2%
The defeat of the Spanish Armada - 25 votes, 11.7%

Did you study the Tudors at school (any education level)?
Yes - 128 votes, 60.1%
No - 85 votes, 39.9%

Have you ever attended or participated in a Renaissance Faire or historical re-enactment activity?
Yes - 114 votes, 53.5%
No - 99 votes, 46.5%

Do you have a Tudor-related tattoo?
Yes - 7
No - 206 votes, 96.7%

Friday, November 02, 2007

Tudor survey and contest give-away wrap-up

I just sent off emails to the 5 randomly chosen winners of the give-away for merchandise from "The Tudors" television series, so if you entered, keep an eye on your email!

I'll post the outcome of the survey later today.... some interesting results. Only seven people of 213 admitted to Tudor tattoos. :)

Updated to add: Just in case anyone was interested in how the winners were chosen... I pasted the email addresses into an Excel spreadsheet, so there was a number for each address. Then I went to and had it generate 5 numbers in the range that the addresses covered (1 to 185, I think). And that's how they were chosen. If it had been less than 100, I might have gone the "slips of paper" route, but I really didn't feel like cutting nearly 200 email address out!