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King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

| October 30, 2018

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

On this day in history, 30th October 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. Henry had come to the throne after his forces defeated those of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485. Raphael Holinshed, the Tudor chronicler, recorded […]

Context is king

| September 15, 2017

Context is king

I don’t know why, but recently I’ve been answering lots of emails and comments on social media with a reminder for people to think about the context of the event or person’s actions when they are judging that person or coming to a conclusion. It’s inspired me to write this article which is rather rambling, […]

60 second history – Henry VII

| March 2, 2017

60 second history – Henry VII

I’ve just recorded the second video in my “60 second history” series and this one is on King Henry VII. If you missed my post on the first video, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Everyone’s got a minute to spare! I plan to go […]

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 […]

December Tudor Life Magazine out now!

| November 27, 2015

December Tudor Life Magazine out now!

The December edition of the Tudor Society’s Tudor Life magazine has just come out and it’s a wonderful 78-page edition packed full of Tudor history articles. Articles this month include: A not so little Ice Age by Kyra Cornelius Kramer Tudor Places – Anne of Cleves House and Lewes Priory Tudor History’s Holiday Season of […]

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

| September 7, 2015

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

On 7th September 1533, at three o’clock in the afternoon and less than two weeks after she had taken to her chamber, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, gave birth to her first child at Greenwich Palace (Palace of Placentia). The baby was a daughter and was “a beautiful infant with natural coloring […] beautiful […]

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

| August 14, 2015

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

On 29th July I received news that my best friend of thirty-three years had died. I was devastated, particularly as I was actually on my way to spend a few days with her and her family. Su was the best friend a girl could have, and an amazing woman, and I miss her like crazy. […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

| May 4, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: The Family Man

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell the family man by Teri Fitzgerald – thank you Teri! “Judging by the reactions to the BBC’s six-part adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s ‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, the contest over the legacies of More and Cromwell is […]