Friday, November 23, 2007

Question from Louisa - Spurs on cushions from "The Tudors"

In the episode of The Tudors shown on Friday 16th November, something caught my eye which made me feel very ignorant!
At the service of rememberence/thanksgiving/funeral of William Compton, (not sure exactly what it was!), all the women who had lost their menfolk were in church and had their husbands spurs on a cushion next to them. Was this common practice or something put in by the 'imaginative' writers of the series!
Hope you can help!


Anonymous PhD Historian said...

I have not heard of any such practice, but I am not an expert on funerary and remembrance rituals, either. But may I offer a comment in the more general context of "The Tudors" as a piece of historical fiction? It is absolute trash, a complete and utter abomination. The errors, omissions, fabrications, and fictionalizations in this show will have history teachers and professors cleaning up the mess for a decade to come.

November 23, 2007 4:45 PM  
Anonymous GarethR said...

I personally feel that any teacher/professor who has in their care a student who gleans their historical information from a DRAMA rather has their work cut out for them anyway. "The Tudors" is being unfairly slated because even in tone it's an academic's nightmare, rather than on its entertainment value. The costumes are questionable, so the aesthetic seems to be the initial excuse for repetitive critical mauling. I am, however, reliably assured that "The Tudors" will be as nothing compared to what is passed for history and believable drama in "The Other Boleyn Girl." (Both take a battering.) But, we shall have to wait and see. Either way, fiction is fiction and it's likely to contain only vignettes or theatrical impressions of reality. It's the nature of movies, television and plays; some "great" works have been wildly inaccurate - "The Private Lives of Elizabeth & Essex," "Anne of the Thousand Days," "La Reine Margot" and "A man for all Seasons." It's only recently that we seem to be getting ourselves into an intellectual tizz over accuracy in a fictional genre.

On a more specific note, Spurs were often used at Requiem Masses to honour the departed knights.

December 03, 2007 9:02 AM  

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