30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

Posted By on August 30, 2014

Sudeley Castle

Sudeley Castle

On 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first child at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The baby was a little girl and the couple named her Mary after Catherine’s stepdaughter and friend, Mary Tudor (the future Mary I).

Unfortunately, little Mary Seymour was orphaned before her first birthday. Her mother died just six days after her birth and her father was executed on  20th March 1549. You can read more about this and what happened to Mary in my article from last year – click here.

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Monarch Film Premiere Tickets Competition

Posted By on August 29, 2014

Monarch small screen print CROPPEDWin a pair of tickets to the film premiere of the newly restored Henry VIII film MONARCH starring TP McKenna and Jean Marsh, followed by a Q&A with double BAFTA nominated Writer and Director, John Walsh.

Sunday 14th September 3pm
The Tricycle Theatre
269 Kilburn High Road,
London NW6 7JR

Box Office: 020 7328 1000

The film has been painstaking remastered from the original 35mm colour camera negative which was recently discovered in a film vault after nearly 20 years and is now presented in full high definition for the first time.

MONARCH is part fact, part fiction and unfolds during one night when the injured ruler arrives at a manor house closed for the season. Henry is without the power and control of his palace and is vulnerable from those around him, and from his own sanity. TP McKenna plays Henry, after starring alongside Richard Burton’s Henry VIII in the epic Anne of a Thousand Days, and Jean Marsh (Upstairs Downstairs, Willow) plays an amalgamation of his wives. MONARCH unfolds in the year of Henry’s death, 1547.

You can book tickets for the event now on the live bookings page for the Tricycle Theatre:

http://www.tricycle.co.uk/current-programme-pages/cinema-program/cinema/monarch/

or you can try your luck with this competition to win a pair of tickets to the premiere.

Just answer this question in the comments below:

Which two Irish actors have played Henry VIII on screen and what were the titles of those productions?

The closing date is midnight (GMT) on 7 September 2014.
One winner will be picked at ramdom from those who comment with the right answers.

The prize is two tickets to see the film premier of Monarch at the Tricycle Theatre in London at 3pm on 14 September 2014. Transport is not included. Please only enter if you are able to get to London on 14 September.

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