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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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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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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29May

Middle-Aged Humor

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

I wish I could give credit to whoever wrote this. Reading it provided a nice mid-week laugh.

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23Apr

The Play's the Thing

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

We're still celebrating...Shakespeare, that is. And what's more Shakespearian than Hamlet?

This is the famous Chandros portrait (named for a Duke who once owned it). The portrait is now at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The portrait's artist is unknown, and its authenticity as a depiction of Shakespeare is unproven. However, it is believed to be the basis for the portrait that appears as part of the First Folio.

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23Apr

Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

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

It's the Bard's 450th birthday, and do we have a great way to celebrate! Commit to reading one of Shakespeare's classics. Not sure where to start?  Goodreads to the rescue!

 

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10Mar

The Vikings Have Landed

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

You could call this the second Viking invasion. Vikings are popping up everywhere in popular culture. They have their own TV show, and now they have their own exhibit at the British Museum. And while this doesn't have anything directly to do with Tudors, the Vikings did have a long lasting affect on Britain and British culture. Plus, this is just too cool to pass up.

Photo courtesy of britishmuseum.com

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23Jan

Wolf Hall is Coming to America!

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

The BBC has announced plans to produce a mini-series based on Hilary Mantel's Man Booker award winning novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies. PBS will air the series in America beginning in 2015. Award winning actor Mark Rylance is set to play the role of Thomas Cromwell.

Mark Rylance. Photo credit: IMDB

 

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