Monday, September 09, 2019

Question from Donna - Costumes for play on Latimer and Ridley

I am making costumes for a play about Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley 1530 England. What kind of clothing would they wear. All of the photos I can find are so dark that I cannot see details. Any help will be appreciated.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

Question from Bertha - Tudor masques

Where might I find examples of Tudor masques? I'm hoping to get enough information to include a fictitious masque in some writing that feels like it could fit in with the others. Currently, I'm going through the excerpts from Shakespearean plays that have them, starting with Henry VIII. I've also seen the masques featured in The Tudors. Specifically, I'm most interested in masques from Henry VIII's reign. Thanks so much!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Question from Charles - Tudor book recommendations

Can you recommend some books on the Tudors and their England as interesting as Tracy Borman's Private Lives of the Tudors? I think her book may be a little more of social history than biography. Will appreciate your help!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Question from Martin - Attainder of Thomas Howard, 1st Earl of Suffolk

Was Thomas Howard 1st Earl of Suffolk the only child of 4th Duke of Norfolk's to be 'attained' when his father was executed in 1572? I could not find evidence on the internet that any of his siblings or half-siblings were 'attained' at this time, and I was wondering why that should be the case. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. "Thomas Howard Suffolk, 1st earl of, 15611626, English nobleman; son of the 4th duke of Norfolk. He was attainted at the time of his father's execution (1572), but his rights were restored in 1584.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Question from Deborah - Relation of Catherine of Aragon to Elizabeth II

My husband is a descendant from Catherine of Aragon. Would my husband be kin to Queen Elizabeth II ?

[I tried to reach out to Deborah for clarification but the email bounced so I'll put what I emailed her in the first comment on this post. - Lara]

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Question from Jane - Attitudes, etc. towards menopause in Tudor England

Hi , I am currently researching , or rather trying to research Tudor attitudes and customs etc regarding menopause . However, I cant seem to find anything other than the association of post menopausal women as witches. If you can help in anyway I would be really grateful. Anything to point me in the right direction . Many Thanks Jane Cummins

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Question from Kymberly - Pope Pius V in Elizabeth I's reign

Hello! I am merely a curious person who wonders if Pope Pius V realized the pickle he was putting Catholic subjects in during the reign of Elizabeth l. Was he aware? Did he care? History suggests Elizabeth herself preferred to live and let live, and her actions prior to the bull establish that. The edict against her seems a logical explanation for her change in policy regarding her Catholic subjects. But is there any reason that can excuse Pius V's risking lives not his own, lives of those who were even sympathetic to his beliefs? Am I looking at Pius V through too modern a lens? Was he in emotional competition with Elizabeth, desiring evidence of greater deference to himself over the Queen of England? Are there any surviving documents that explain the pope's decision to place other Catholic lives in such peril? I am sooo curious! Thank you! Sincerely, Kymberly

Monday, January 14, 2019

Question from Amber - Sources for dissertation on Anne Boleyn and her role in the English Reformation

Hi i am currently a third year university history student, and have chosen to my dissertation on the topic of Anne Boleyn, after some back and forth with my tutor she decided that a good title for my dissertation would be along the lines of whether Anne Boleyn was a political pawn or a a large protestant protagonist in reference to her role within the English reformation. However as my tutor cannot give away too much i am struggling to put this together in terms of the structure of my chapters and finding the correct reading and primary sources to support my thesis, any help regarding anything like mentioned would be a great great, any sources reading or advice on structure that may come to mind to help with my title would be excellent. Many thanks, Amber

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Question from Kevin - Miscarriages of Elizabeth of York

Hello, I was hoping you could help me. I'm an amateur historian and read somewhere once that Elizabeth of York suffered (at least) two miscarriages, one between Arthur and Margaret and another in the 1490s. Do you or your readers perhaps know when this was? I've can't remember WHERE I saw it and it's driving me crazy. God bless

Friday, December 21, 2018

Question from Jacky - Windsor badge and motto

In the first edition of 1751 of LEncyclopdie (Volume 17, pp. 623-626), Louis de Jaucourt, at the entry "Windsor", writes: Voluptueux, fougueux, capricieux, cruel, & sur-tout opinitre dans ses desirs, il ne laisse pas que davoir sa place entre les rois clebres, & par la rvolution quil fit dans les esprits de ses peuples, & par la balance que lAngleterre apprit sous lui tenir entre les souverains. Il prit pour devise un guerrier tendant son arc, avec ces mots, qui je dfends est matre, devise que sa nation a rendu quelquefois vritable, sur-tout depuis son regne. Voluptuous, fiery, capricious, cruel, and above all obstinate in his desires, he desires his place among the celebrated kings, and by the revolution which he made in the minds of his people, and by the scale which England learned under him to hold between the sovereigns. He took for motto a warrior tending his bow, with these words : "which I defend is master," a motto which his nation has sometimes rendered true, especially since his reign. I can find no reference to this badge and this motto in the English texts that I consult. Who can help me ? Thanks in advance.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Question from Paul - Richard Rich

Richard Rich - information pertaining to 1st Baron Rich, amongst other things, Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations. I'm working on an MA in Tudor History. I'm exploring the role and influence of Richard Rich (one of the great villains of English history). I'm especially interested in the extent to which he directed the dissolution of religious houses (rather than simply following orders from others, e.g. Cromwell); the extent to which he worked with Thomas Audley and the nature of the relationship he had with the same; the possibility that he was defrauding the monarch and Exchequer at various times; the truth to the statement made in various online sources that, in contrast to his apparent Reforming agenda and actions, he was a 'lifelong Catholic' .... Biographical info is interesting and helpful, but more so are any ideas about original sources. Thank you.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Question from Ashley - Favorite Tudor authors and books

Hello fellow Tudor fans! Its been a long, long time since I stopped by but I wanted to take a brief moment and thank all of the regular/longtime contributors. I love coming back to read questions and answers, even if I don't have anything to add to the conversation lately. I have fallen out of the Tudor loop (I wandered off into American history for my M.A., if you're curious) but I was hoping to circle back around to my first historical love. Given how popular the era is with scholars and amateur historians/journalists, would anyone care to share their favorite authors and/or non-fiction books? For instance, Im currently re-reading David Starkey's Six Wives and I have Eric Ives biography of Anne Boleyn en route to me (my copy was unfortunately destroyed). I also have some Alison Weir books, but is she still kept at arms length from the serious scholars? I also have a book or two from Elizabeth Norton, but she also seems to be controversial in the scholarly world - she has the degree/training but some people really don't like her. Like I said, I'm just finding my footing again in Early Modern England and I don't want to waste my time, as it were, on authors who aren't taken seriously or who don't add anything to the historiography. I love the whole period, but I'm currently interested in the following ladies for an independent project: Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Jane Grey, and Mary Queen of Scots. So, I would greatly appreciate any standout works or historian who specialize on them. Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Question from Linda - Exhumation of a daughter of Elizabeth Woodville

I read in Allison Weir's book about a beautiful daughter of E. Woodville being exhumed. Ms. Weir said they found her with blue eyes open and long blonde hair. Also said it was obvious she had been beautiful. Any information on that? Thank you Linda

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Question from Rebecca - Dissertation ideas

Hi there, I am currently a Masters student at a university in the UK and am due to start my dissertation proposal in the coming months. I would love to do my dissertation on either the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn or the animosity between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. I am unsure of what angle to come from in regards to either of these topics and would appreciate any possible help. Thanks in advance.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Question from Tabitha - Catherine de Medici and Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I

I like to know more about the relationship between mary queen scots and catherine de medici? Did they get along? Did catherine try to go against mary in any way? And also did catherine ever have any dealings with elizabethI?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Question from Jodi - Elizabeth Courtenay (b. 1539)

Have you found records of Elizabeth Courtenay born 1539 and died 1570? She is to have been Henry Courtenay and Gertrude Blount's daughter. She married Devid Ashels and they had a daugher, Mary Ashels in 1570. I would apprecipate references. Thank you.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Question from Arthur - Historical records of what today is called PTSD

I was wondering what is there if any that men returning from battles, might of had symptoms that we would regard today as PTSD? or any evidence for trauma related issue from other incidents in a persons history. I realize its a very hard thing to find evidence for, especially since it was unlikely to have recognised in any manner we do now. But my guess is that issues happened frequently and would of been regarded as madness perhaps. Its something I have done a little research on myself, but would the opinion of others. I also cannot find question on here that covers this in a precise way. Arthur

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sorry about the late comment approvals!

Hi y'all,

PhD Historian pointed out to me that some of the comments he had submitted hadn't been showing up and so I went in and found a lot of comments awaiting approval that I hadn't received the email notification for. (I have it set for Blogger to send me an email when a comment is submitted and then again when I approve it so I know it went through.) I'm not sure what happened, but I've set it up again with another of my email addresses and I'll keep an eye out on the Blogger dashboard as well.

Sorry to everyone who submitted a comment in the last few weeks and are just now seeing it show up! I'm hoping I didn't miss any legit comments in the sea of spam comments, so if something you submitted in the last month didn't post, try it again.

Thanks for your understanding!

** Update July 30 **

Looks like it's working again, finally! When I first was made aware of the problem I went over to the Blogger forums and found a lot of people having the same problem. Blogger posted about the problem and hasn't officially closed out thread (which would mean it should be fixed) but I tried something someone else in the thread suggested and it seems to be working. I'll keep manually checking for comments awaiting moderation for a while, just in case!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Mourning clothes and jewels

What were mourning jewels and clothes like in Tudor times?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Notification of accession to the throne

How did heirs find out that they were the new kings? Who was in charge of notifying them and what was the process like?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Royal funeral processions

What were funeral processions of Tudor royals like? Was there any difference between a king's and a queen's? Who were part of it?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Question from Ashley - Arthur and Catherine of Aragon and Ludlow

Did Arthur Tudor(Prince of Wales)and his new wife catherine of aragon go to ludlow castle of there own accord?or did henry vii(arthurs Father) instruct them to go there?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Question from Sarah - Mary Tudor at Anne Boleyn's coronation

Did Mary, Henry VIII's sister, attend Anne Boleyn's coronation? I've read conflicting reports.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Question from Sarah - Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick

I have heard that Elizabeth I described Bess of Hardwick as the woman she loved best. Is there any source which confirms this (it's in Lovell's biography but without a source given). Were they really that close?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Question from Bruce - Top of artichoke orb in Mary Tudor portrait

Can anyone please tell me what is hanging off the Tau Cross atop the artichoke Orb Mary BRANDON nee TUDOR is holding. Are they Bells (anything to do with St. Anthony), or Scales (anything to do with St. Michael)?? A similar Tau Cross is also in the portrait of Francois I of France and Eleanor.

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