Friday, April 10, 2015

Question from RH - Henry VII and Elizabeth of York's marriage medal

Hi everyone,

I'm doing some research on a medal showing Henry VII and Elizabeth of York:

My question is - does anyone know where (museum, institution, etc.) this medal can be found?


Thursday, April 09, 2015

Question from A.R. - Mary Boleyn's financial situation after William Carey's death

Hello everyone,

I have a question regarding Mary Boleyn. I'm re-reading Alison Weir's biography of Mary, but I can't find the explanation why Mary was so poor after William Carey's death? Carey was an up-and-coming, wealthy courtier and it is hard to understand why his widow was left destitute after his death. Shouldn't she receive some an annual income (I think it's called jointure) as all widows in the Tudor period? Is it because her dowry was not settled? or because her husband died intestate? I don't really understand why a widow of such a wealthy man would have been so poor after his death. Can anyone explain? Than you in advance! :-)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Question from Theresa - Margaret Beaufort's labor

I am absolutely obsessed with anything Tudor and further back and have set myself to learning as much as possible about this subject. I have read Phillipa Gregory's book "The Red Queen" for the umpteenth time and have been confused each time by something I've read. During Margaret Beaufort's labour with Henry VII, it said that Margaret was "tossed in a blanket" to help labour progress. I understand that some of this book is fiction, but something like that can't just come out of the blue - there must be a grain of truth about this somewhere. As a mum of seven kids, I can't understand for the life of me how that is supposed to help. Can anyone give me some insight on this? Thank you very much!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Question from Kyra - Prince Arthur in Calais in 1498

Did Prince Arthur go to Calais in 1498? I was reading the Spanish state calendar papers and came across a section..

"Henry said that God alone knows how much, and for how long a time, he has desired the marriage of the Princess Katharine with the Prince of Wales. As soon as the Prince of Wales, who is in Calais, arrives, the marriage ceremony will be performed, and all things will change from good to better" was Arthur in Calais in July 1498 or I am misunderstanding the passage?

Monday, March 16, 2015

“A Queen of a New Invention” – Q&A with J. Stephan Edwards

Hello all!

I wanted to post a note over here that there is a post on the News blog with a Q&A that Foose did with PhDHistorian about his new book. I know some people only check this blog so I wanted to make sure everyone saw the post. And if you have any follow-up questions or comments, please leave them on that post (I'll close comments on this post so they all stay together on that one).

Friday, March 13, 2015

Question from Anthony - Need for Monarch and Court in proximity

The large size of the Tudor court, including servants, made food supply a constant problem and required kings to be almost nomadic for parts of their reigns, I think. Why was it then so essential for eg Henry the Eighth to have his court in close physical proximity?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Question from Roslyn - Descendants of the Poles

My grandmother was born Alice Mary Pole in 1876(?). We were always told we were descendants from the de la Poles! My grandmother was born in Bristol,from a banking family, and one of 9 children. Her father went bust and she came to Southern Africa to nurse, met my grandfather, John James Seton-Rogers, and had 4 children. Any links to either of the Pole families that you have found?
May be too modern! But worth a try- I have spent ages without much luck!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Question from Sarah - Resources on crime in 16th century England and Wales

Can anyone recommend a book on crime in 16th century England and Wales - is there an area which has been well-explored?

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Question from Sarah - Working class 16th century people

Can anyone recommend a good article or book on working class 16th-century English and Welsh people? Has much research been done in this area?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Question from Maria Helena - Common people's opinions of Henry VIII

After reading some books about the tudor times, I came to the obvious conclusion that the overwhelming majority of the english people lived in the fields and far, far away, from the monarchy and its factions. My questions is: did the people really cared about Henry VIII and his six marriages, or about the religion changes? Because I have read that many of them still followed "pagan" rituals and that many of them did not even notice the break with Rome. Is it true?

What do you people think about it?

Monday, February 02, 2015

Question from Lana - Women and hunting

I'm currently in the process of writing a story a fanfiction if you will, what if Prince Arthur lived and the impacts it would create during the Tudor time period.

My question was how did women participate in hunting. I have found many sources stating wealthy women frequently participated in the hunt. I doubt they boar hunted with spears, but what other sort of activities did they participate in? Or were they simply around for the ride/adventure?

Thank you in advance!

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Question from CasaNova73099 - Conflict between Wolsey, Norfolk, and Thomas Boleyn

Does anyone know more about the history behind the bad blood between Thomas Wolsey and the (3rd) Duke of Norfolk and Thomas Boleyn? I can understand it as far as everything in relation to their political ambition to make Anne Boleyn the next queen, though I would have also thought that a largely Catholic family would for the most part be in support of a cardinal, so what else caused this?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Question from Sam - Wolsey's desire for the Papacy

I remember reading that Wolsey didn't seriously want to be Pope, that he had it too good in England and was aware that his career would do better in England. This sounds unlike the arrogant and ambitious Wolsey I've read about elsewhere. Do you think there is any truth to this? Thank you for taking the time to look at my question.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Question from Cumbian writer - Familial interment in chest or table tombs

I would like help or information with the nature of familial interment in chest or table tombs, with particular reference to the the Dacre tombs at Lanercost Abbey. I wish to know whether further subsequent burials were carried out, (of unmarried children for exmaple, in the vault beneath tombs of this type, and if so, how the vault beneath (supposing that the coffins were buried beneath and not inside the chest) was accessed.

Question from Annette - Lower gentry and dowries

a question about lower gentry and dowries.

Hi,just a follow up question from the elizabeth seymour and sir anthony Ueghtard question I asked,
what sort of dowry would have been offered? as sir john seymour was lower gentry what could be offered to make their daughter more worth while and what would sir anthony have bought to the table? how long would negotations have gone on for? does anyone know the exact dowry maybe? i have looked but cannot find any sources.this is for a novel as said previously and i would like it to be near historical accuracy as possible.
Thank you

Monday, January 26, 2015

Question from Joyce - Goose fat face cream in Tudor times

I have a new business Iam trying to grow selling goose fat face cream, sounds wierd but it does actually work! Iam looking for info for my website and I know it was used in Tudor times and am looking for where I could get some info.
Im a British ex pat now in CA

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Question from Annette - Marriage of Elizabeth Seymour and Sir Anthony Ughtred

I am doing research for a book,looking at elizabeths marriage to sir anthony and looking at seemed since she was born in 1518 and he in 1478, he would have been around 53 to her being 13? is that correct? would they have been married off so young unless i have the maths wrong,they apparently married in 1530/31 and he died 3 years later,can someone clarify this for me?

thank you

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Question from Orla - Lands and manors of Arthur, Henry, and Henry Fitzroy

Hi; was wondering what lands and manors were held by Arthur and Henry when they were the Princes of Wales? I'm assuming the land grants were the same; that anything Henry held had once been Arthur's. And also what lands Henry FitzRoy held? Is there a particular county or shire where they held sway or were they scattered around the Kingdom? Does anyone know any paper or book regarding property and lands in Tudor times? Thanks

Question from Stacey - Mary Queen of Scots and her son James

Are there any records anywhere that talk about how Mary, Queen of Scots felt about her son James? I've read/seen information that she refused to kiss him because he was Darnley's son. Is this true?

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Question from Karla - Rushes on floors

I am reading the book "The six wives of Henry the VIII" by Alison Weir, and in a chapter she mentions that in court there were carpets only in the royal appartments, and else where in court there were rushes, What does she mean by that? English is my second language and I thought rushes were like grass, is it the same??

Friday, January 16, 2015

Question from Heidi - Books of the Tudor court

What sort of books circulated around the Tudor court? What did the likes of Anne Boleyn read for fun?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Question from KB - Biographies of Richard III

This question is slightly out of the preferred date range but . . .

I am giving a lecture on Richard III in a couple months and am having a dickens of a time finding a biography that I like.

If anyone has suggestions, I would be most grateful. So far I have:

Desmond Seward's "Richard III: England's Black Legend" (Richard is evil)

Annette Carson's "Richard III: The Maligned King" (Richard is misunderstood)

Mike Pitts' "Digging for Richard III: The Search for the Lost King" (great read about the dig)

John Ashdown-Hill's "The Last Days of Richard III and the Fate of his DNA" (haven't started this one yet but he's in the Richard is misunderstood camp)

Paul Murray Kendall's "Richard the Third" (Richard is truly misunderstood and a lovely man - really - I promise)

In some ways this is a balanced list but all the books have blatant agendas with quite as much fiction interjected as any Shakespearean play. At the moment, Josephine Tey's "Daughter of Time" seems the most dispassionate despite the fact that it is pure fiction.

I know this is all secondary mass market work but I am without the time or resources for primary research so I'm skating a bit. This weekend, I will hunt for Thomas More's account and perhaps start skimming the Paston Letters if I find a digital version.

All suggestions welcome.

Thank you.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Question from Julia - Posies during Lent

Posies for medicinal purposes permitted in Lent?

I'm trying to describe a scene in a sickroom in 1545, and had understood that posies and pomanders were commonly held in front of the nose and mouth to keep smells at bay, as they were thought to be a source of infection. I think I read somewhere that a sickroom would have quite a lot of flowers, to try and make it sweet smelling for the same reason.

However, I was wondering whether a household would be permitted to have vases of flowers or posies in a sickroom during Lent. I know that even today churches don't have flowers during Lent, so it seems likely they may have banned all flowers in houses during Lent. If vases of flowers weren't allowed, were posies permitted for medicinal purposes? Or might a visitor to the patient resort to a pomander at this time of year?

Thanks for any pointers!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Question from Rachel - Henry VII's heir before Arthur's birth

Who was the heir of Henry VII the time between the Battle of Bosworth Field and Arthur's birth?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

News blog problems

Apologies to anyone who has tried to reach the news blog ( today and got a database connection error. I've been trying all the troubleshooting things I can think of on my end and nothing has worked, so I'm guessing it is a problem with the webserver (yet again). If it is still down after I get back from running errands tomorrow, I'll see if I can actually get ahold of my host's tech support!

Update Dec 18 - I think I fixed it! I tried one additional thing that popped in my head while I was trying to fall asleep last night and it seemed to work. I'll do some additional testing later today, but it looks like stuff is running okay for now. Yay! (This is not exactly what I was planning to do with my first few days of winter break....)