60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

| February 22, 2017

60 Second History video series – The Tudor Dynasty

I’ve just started a new video series on YouTube called “60 Second History”. The idea (thank you, Tim, for the brainwave!) is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. I’m going to cover lots of different aspects of Tudor history but the first video is on the Tudor dynasty, just outlining the […]

Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary I – who was the usurper?

| February 20, 2017

With it having been the anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I on 18th February, there have been lots of discussions on blogs and social media regarding Mary, her reign and also her accession. Mary I became queen on 19th July 1553 after she successfully deposed her first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, […]

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 […]