04Jun

Philippa Gregory Reveals Cover Art for New Book

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Tudors in Popular Culture -

Best selling author Philippa Gregory shared in a tweet yesterday that Simon & Schuster has revealed the new cover designs for her latest book on the Tudors, The Taming of the Queen. Check it out here:

https://twitter.com/PhilippaGBooks/status/606131063551860736

 

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15Apr

Long Live the Queen...The Other Queen.

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Henry VIII -

1553 was a big year for Henry VIII's court, and this week was especially busy. He officially deposed of one queen, and quickly declared another. It's good to be king.

 

Portraits of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn

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01Apr

How to Die in Tudor England

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category -

Henry VIII had his favorite ways of killing someone off...usually gruesome. But his subjects had their own creative ways to die. I found this old (2011) BBC article on 10 strange ways that people died in Tudor England. It's based on research done by an Oxford University historian, Dr. Steven Gunn. 

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23Mar

Henry's Act of Succession 1, 2 & 3

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Henry VIII -

Henry VIII didn't have any trouble letting people know what he was thinking. Unfortunately, he was constantly changing his mind. When it came to his succession, it took him three times to get it right.

His First Act of Succession was passed by Parliament on this day in 1534.

 

The Succession Portrait by Hans Holbein shows Henry seated with his heir Edward and Edward's mother Jane Seymour (painted posthumously). Mary is shown standing on the left side of the portrait, and Elizabeth on the right.

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19Feb

Pancakes and Pudding

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Tudors in Popular Culture -

Thanks to the British Library, I recently found this link on Twitter. It offers an intriguing gimpse into what the Tudor kings, or their subjects, might have eaten. Pancakes anyone?

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18Feb

Is This Anne Boleyn?

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Henry VIII -

Using face recognition software, scientists may have identified a portrait of Anne Boleyn. Art historians have long debated whether the portrait is of Anne or of Henry VIII's third wife, Jane Seymour. Because most portraits of Anne were destroyed after her beheading and fall from grace, there remains only one positiviely confirmed depiction of Boleyn, and it is a crude rendering on what is called the Moost Happi medal. But is science about to change all that?

The Nidd Hall Portrait currently held at the Bradford Art Galleries and Museums in the UK.

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13Feb

Are You Related to Kings?

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Tudors in Popular Culture -

A few British media outlets are joining forces with Cymru DNA Wales to test current Welsh men with the surname of Tudor, hoping to find genetic links to Britain's most famous royal dynasty.

Henry Tudor, who became Henry VII of England and founded the Tudor Dynasty, descended from the Tudors of Penmynydd, Anglesey.

(Credit: The Daily Post)

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20Jan

800 Years and Still Going Strong

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Tudors in Popular Culture -

2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the writing of the Magna Carta, a document that first limited royal power, giving certain rights to the subjects of England. The Magna Carta was one of the inspirations for The United States' Declaration of Independence, the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and several other world documents that declare for individual rights and freedoms.

As you might imagine, England is doing its best to celebrate this historic marker including issuing a special coin from the British Royal Mint.

But hey, it's not a party until something gets broken!

The official Magna Carta coin issued by the Royal Mint.

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17Jan

Tudors vs. Plantagenets

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Tudors in Popular Culture -

Henry Tudor changed the course of history when he defeated Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth. Richard was the last of the Plantagenets and Henry was the first of the Tudors. Half a millenium later, two British essayists make their case for which dynasty did more to make Britain great.

 

King John of England signing the Magna Carta (Source: ALAMY)

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11Dec

Who Wants to Sleep in Henry VIII's Bed?

Posted by by Janet Dooley on 4 January 2012 in category in Henry VIII -

Most of us would give a definitive "Not me!" to that question, but Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife, never had much of a choice. She was pressured into the marriage by her family, only to arrive in England to be famously rejected by her husband. But before everything went bad (as in before they met) Henry had commissioned a marriage bed headboard for his wedding night.

 

Part of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, the headboard from Henry VIII's and Anne of Cleves marriage bed is traveling to London for Christmas where it will be shown at the New Bond Street Bonham's location.

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