Scandalous Monarchs

| November 25, 2016

For the final stop of my book tour for the paperback version of Illustrated Kings and Queens of England, I’m visiting my friend Sarah Bryson’s QueentoHistory blog to discuss some of the monarchs whose reigns were tinged by scandal. Do join me and I’d love to hear which monarchs you think were scandalous so do […]

10 memorable monarchs

| November 24, 2016

For my stop at Charlie Fenton’s blog today I decided to share my “10 Memorable Monarchs”, but then I had to cheat and counted the Tudors as one! I hope you can forgive me! Please do join me at Charlie’s blog today, although I realise that some of you might be enjoying a turkey dinner […]

My book tour for Illustrated Kings and Queens of England

| November 21, 2016

Yay! It’s my turn! To celebrate the release of the paperback version of my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England – which is just in time for Christmas too! – I’m off on a virtual book tour! Although I’d love to travel to the US, back home to the UK, to Australia, the Netherlands […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II!

| April 21, 2016

Happy 90th Birthday to Queen Elizabeth II!

A very happy 90th birthday to Queen Elizabeth II! The Queen has two birthdays, her official birthday which is usually celebrated on the second Saturday in June and her actual birthday which is 21st April. Her birthday is marked by a number of gun salutes including at the Tower of London. The Tower of London […]

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

| January 18, 2016

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

On 18th January 1486, just under five months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry had been crowned on […]

New Children’s History Books

| November 24, 2015

New Children’s History Books

Congratulations to historian Amy Licence and author and illustrator Alan Wybrow on the releases of their new children’s books. Alan Wybrow’s new fiction series for children, Tudor Tales,is aimed at Key Stage 1 children (Kindergarten to 1st Grade, age 5+) and the first in the series, Tudor Tales: William at Hampton Court, introduces the fictional […]