11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

| August 11, 2015

11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

Sometime around 11th August 1534, the Friars Observant (Observant Friars of Greenwich) were expelled from their monasteries due to their support of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and their refusal to accept Henry VIII as the supreme head of the Church. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded their expulsion in a letter to […]

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

| July 11, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

Day 6 of the book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell sees author Beth von Staats sharing a guest article on the relationship between Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell over at Nerdalicious.com. Click here to head over to Nerdalicious now to read Beth’s excellent article and also to enter today’s giveaway – good luck! […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Claire interviews Beth von Staats

| July 10, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Claire interviews Beth von Staats

I’m honoured to play host to Beth von Staats, author of Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell, today on day five of her book tour. Fancy winning a paperback copy of Beth’s book? Simply leave a comment below saying which of Beth’s answers you liked best and why. You need to comment by midnight (UK time) […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

| July 9, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Four Fun Facts about Thomas Cranmer

Do you want to know four fun facts about Thomas Cranmer and be in with a chance of winning Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell by Beth von Staats? Yes, of course you do! Then head over to Kyra Kramer’s blog right now for Beth’s guest article – click here. You need to be quick, the […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer

| July 8, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Book of Common Prayer

On the third day of her book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell, Beth von Staats is over at the Tudor Society sharing an article entitled Thomas Cranmer’s Everlasting Gift: The Book of Common Prayer. It’s a fascinating article about Cranmer’s work and how it “is a literary masterpiece” which had a major impact. […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Q&A with author Beth von Staats

| July 7, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Q&A with author Beth von Staats

Today, for day two of her book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell, Beth von Staats is over at the Fear and Loathing in Tudor England blog being ‘grilled’ – in the nicest possible way! – by Deb Hunter. Click here to head over there now to enter the book giveaway and to find […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn Family

| July 6, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn Family

Beth von Staats kicks off her book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell over at Sarah Bryson’s blog Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History with a wonderful article on Thomas Cranmer and the Boleyn family. Do head over there to enjoy the article and to enter the giveaway to be in with a chance […]