A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

| April 10, 2014

A Portrait and A Gentleman: The Portrait of Catherine Knollys, and the Gentlemen Pensioners of Henry VIII

Today we have a guest post from Natasha Gennady Robinson, part one of a two-part series. Thank you so much, Natasha, for writing this wonderful article for us. Over to Natasha… There is but one portrait said to be of Catherine Knollys (née Carey), though as with the current trends, many historians seek to dispel […]

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

| April 5, 2014

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

On 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), the cook on the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was boiled to death after being attainted of high treason. It was claimed that Roose had poisoned a porridge (or pottage)* served to Fisher and his guests on 18th February 1531. All who ate the porridge […]

2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

| April 2, 2014

2 April 1502 – The Death of Arthur, Prince of Wales, at Ludlow Castle

On 2nd April 1502, fifteen year-old Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, died at Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches. It is not known what Arthur died of. The theories include consumption, diabetes, sweating sickness, testicular cancer and pneumonia. His wife of four months, Catherine of Aragon, […]

Jane the Fool

| April 1, 2014

Jane the Fool

As it’s April Fools’ Day today, I thought I’d take a look at Jane the Fool, the woman who was court fool to Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Mary I (when she was princess and queen) and Queen Catherine Parr. Jane was what John Southworth, in his book “Fools and Jesters at the English Court”, refers […]

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

| March 31, 2014

Q&A with author Lauren Mackay on Eustace Chapuys

Thank you so much to Lauren Mackay for sharing her thoughts on Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, with us today as part of her book tour. I’ve been corresponding with Lauren for a number of years and I’m thrilled that she’s written a biography on Chapuys, a fascinating man and an invaluable primary source. Over […]

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 21, 2014

Remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury

Today I will be remembering Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was burned at the stake on 21st March 1556 after being found guilty of heresy and treason. Martyrologist John Foxe recorded his execution in his Book of Martyrs: “With thoughts intent upon a far higher object than the empty threats of man, he reached […]

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

| March 18, 2014

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

As today is the anniversary of Mary Tudor, Queen of France’s birth, I thought it would be good to make a Mary Tudor ‘factfile’. I’ve written quite a few articles on Mary so it’s good to do something different. Motto La volenté De Dieu me suffit (The will of God is sufficient for me) Date […]

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| March 6, 2014

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Today we have a guest post from historical novelist Anne Clinard Barnhill, whose novel “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I” will be released on 18th March. When I began writing my first novel, AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN, I’d done tons of research about my ancestors, the Sheltons. As a matter of […]