22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

| July 22, 2015

22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

Today marks the aniversary of the death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace, London. The seventeen year-old duke was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie Blount), and the husband of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. It is thought that […]

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2015

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

Sweating sickness, or the English Sweat, was a horrible disease which decimated towns and took thousands of lives in its five epidemics in England in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551. It was a disease which killed quickly. Chronicler Edward Hall wrote of how it could kill within 2-3 hours, commenting “some merry at dinner […]

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Top 5 Historical Figures

| July 12, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – Top 5 Historical Figures

On the final stop of her Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell book tour, Beth von Staats is at her own website QueenAnneBoleyn.com sharing her “remaining five favourite Tudor Era historical figures” after Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell. In describing her list, Beth says “This list, which includes some of Tudor History’s greatest villains and heroes, […]

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 […]