Monday, February 05, 2018

Question from Kenneth - Godchildren of Elizabeth I

Could you send me a list of the godchildren of Queen Elizabeth the First?

[Throwing this out to the blog as a whole, but I can also pass on the submitter's email address if anyone also wants to email them directly. - Lara]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Question from Lily - Gender history dissertation ideas


I'm currently a 2nd year History student and I have to submit my dissertation proposal by April.

However I'm really stuck between a couple of ideas. I'm particular interested in gender history and/or the tudors.

I was thinking along the lines of how the cultivation of the virgin image enhanced Elizabeth's monarchical authority? Something to do with Elizabeth or maybe was Elizabeth so successful because she was protestant with comparisons to her other female counterparts?

Or a bit different, I wanted to look at gender in Weimar Germany but I wouldn't know where to start.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Question from Sarah - Description of Mary Tudor Brandon's death and funeral

Can anyone help me find a good contemporary description of Mary, Dowager Queen of France's death and funeral?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Question from Sarah - Description of wardship

Does anyone know where I could get a good description of what wardship of a child meant in Henry VIII's early reign?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Question from Gail - Descent from Katherine Grey Seymour

If katherine seymour had been made queen and her children succeeded her, who would be on the throne now.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Question from Julian - Records of Early Modern English

I would appreciate any referrals to audio recordings of Early Modern English that I could buy. I have been re-creating the Persona of Matthew Baker, Henry VII's "great Esquire" since 2003. Having now assembled clothing, accessories, and an exhibition encampment, I thought that this year before my Lady and I get too old, we would make an attempt at Early Modern English pronunciation, speeches, and phrasing. The vocabulary and the phrasing are enshrined in contemporary documents and we have assembled a considerable library of transcriptions to help us. But the SOUNDS? Where can we find some audio recordings to buy? I understand Professor David Crystal is considered the suprmeme Authority on this subject - but i cannot find any audio recordings on sale anywhere. perhaps it's GIGO on my IT searches.Help?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Question from Joyce - Grave of Sir Christopher Hatton

when I was living in London for my nurse training l lived near Clerkenwell , so loved the history of the place. Ely Place and the church one of my favorite places. I know Sir Chrstopher Hatton was buried in Old St Pauls but understand his tomb monument was destroyed in the Great Fire.What happened to his actual grave! was the site known or is it just lost in time now?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Question from Jina - Daughters of Elizabeth Tilney and Agnes Tilney

Good evening,
I am hoping to get some help.

Did both Elizabeth Tilney and Agnes Tilney (cousins that were married to Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk) have children named Elizabeth Howard?

I am trying to confirm which Elizabeth married Henry Radclyffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex. I also need to confirm they had a daughter together named Mary Grey Radclyffe.

I think the two Elizabeths are being confused leaving the date of death years before Mary Grey Radclyffe's birth.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Question from Kaylen - Topic for EPQ

Hi im 17 and currently doing my EPQ. I would really like to do something regarding the tudors or more specifically Henry VIII wives but i cant think of a question. Any suggestions?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Question from Lee - More info on portrait

Is it possible anyone could tell me any further information regarding the image below?

The miniature has been published online as a miniature portrait of Katherine Parr however there doesn't appear to be any further information regarding where the image came from, its current owner, and how it got its identification?

I have searched the Heinz archive in London with no luck and would appreciate any assistance with this.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Question from Doreen - Sir David Tudor son of Owen Tudor

Catherine of Valois second husband was Owen Tudor to whom I have traced my ancestry. They had a number of children the two prominent ones being Jasper, Duke of Bedford and Edmund, 1st Earl of Richmond, the father of Henry VII. After Catherine of Valois died Owen Tudor (English version of his name) had a child with an unknown woman who became known as Sir David Fychan Tudor. He was recognized by his half brothers, Edmund and Jasper and was the Uncle of Henry VII. What role did Sir David play if any at the court of Henry VII. How is Sir David Owen Tudors lineage recognized, if at all, in relation to the royals as a half brother? What would my relationship if any to the Tudors be?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Question from Kevin - Elizabeth I's Royal Chaplains

Is there a record of the Royal Chaplains appointed by QE I?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Question from Richard - Pilgrimage of Grace in Cumbria

I am doing research for our local History group in Renwick, Cumbria, on the Pilgrimage of Grace in Cumbria. I am thinking about why the POG in Cumbria did not attract as much aristocratic or senior cleric support when compared to the uprising in York and Lincoln. I also wonder why there was a relatively low level of support for the POG even though the area is similar in many ways to Yorkshire. I speculate that enclosure had not occurred much in Cumbia and this was a spark in other areas.
Would anyone have a view on this?
Many Thanks,
Richard O'Brien

Thursday, August 03, 2017

Question from Stacey - Above ground tombs

In the above ground tombs, are the coffins above ground inside the tomb or is the actual coffin under the ground?

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Question from Arthur - Confiscation of manors

In the course of research for my novel I have come across a question that I thought someone here might be able to help with...

When a nobleman had his estates and properties confiscated by the crown after he was executed for treason, for example

1) What happened to the estates? Sometimes you see them restored later to a son or descendent suggesting that they had not been disposed of in the intervening time and 2) how did an heir get them back?

Also on the same issue. If a nobleman had gifted a manor say to one of his children, either in a Will if he knew he was going to be executed, or earlier say as a dowery or wedding gift..would they be confiscated too, even if the technically belonged to the son or son in law or something?

Lastly I very rarely read of noble families becoming destitute due to lands being confiscated..this might suggest they did not loose how did they support themselves until they could get lands back?

Sorry its a lot of questions in one but they all interlinked I think.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Question from Tanya - Excommunication of Henry VIII

I was curious about the excommunication that the Pope carried out against Henry VIII. It is said that when a Prince is excommunicated from the Holy Church, his reign is made invalid. Is this true? & If so, was there anyone that attempted to userp the throne from Henry VIII? Thank you in Advance!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Question from Ally - Age to be a godparent

Mary I is recorded as having been made godmother to her cousin Frances Brandon; however, Mary was one year old when her cousin was baptized. Was there no requirement at the time that a godparent be at least 16, or was an exception made because of Mary's royal heritage?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Question from Tanya - Henry regretting outcomes of marriages

I have become seriously interested in King Henry VIII and his relationships with his wives in the last year or so being confined to bedrest whilst I was pregnant. I have done quite a bit of research and haven't came across this question yet in anything I've read or listened to.

Were there any wives that Henry VIII regretted the outcome?

Also, did Lady Jane Rochford's confession on her execution day about her previous remarks upon the accusations of the incestuous relations between George and Anne ever get back to Henry and did it change Henry's thoughts towards his past relationships with his wives?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Question from Arthur - Wealth of an early Tudor Baron or Earl

Hi, I am writing a novel set around 1495 to 1500.

If anyone can tell me what the most likely wealth for a baron or earl would be in this period.

I realise its variable and would depend on things like how many estates were owned and what they produced and offices held personally.

I am working the idea that they would have maybe 20-30 manors in various places and maybe a castle or two. Is this too many or two few for those kind of ranks?

I don't want my family to be exceptionally wealthy, like just have enough income to maintain themselves as people of their status should, but not be like super rich...

Is there any resources anywhere that show the income for one manor estate for a year for example which I could probably multiply 20-30 times to get a round about figure. The actual amount wont really known but I just want to a rough idea to be able to make comparisons.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Question from Peter - Age to make a will in Tudor England

Please could you advise what the earliest age is a person could make a Will in Tudor England?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Question from Loredana - School paper on Essex Rebellion

At school I have this question about Earl of Essex Rebellion is a interpretation and i must to write how convincing is ... So the interpretation is like this : "When Elizabeth refused to renew [Essexs] patent (monopoly) of sweet wines.his credit structure collapsed. She had effectively condemned him to a life of poverty.Yet Essexs motivation went beyond this. A faction leader who was denied access to a monarch was an untenable positionAfter his disgrace, his urge to oust the Cecilian upstartsbecame obsessional."

Someone to help me . please .
Thank you !

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Question from Sarah - Mary & Elizabeth declared legitimate

When were Mary and Elizabeth declared legitimate? Is this the same as the time they were put back in the line of succession?

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Question from Charles - Tudor surname

So I just found this site and wondered if I could find out more about my ancestry through others. So I was born Charles Tudor and my father and grandfather have the same first and last name. I want to dig deeper into whether I have any descendants of the royal family. Do you have any ideas about my lineage or can help with it?

[Note from Lara - we've had this question before, I think, along with some recent general genealogy questions so I thought I would open it up for people to comment with some of their favorite genealogy resources and tips.]

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Question from George - Further inquires on toilet facilities for large crowds

George contacted me about posting this again since it seems to still be a bit of a mystery!

Below is an illustration from a lecture I Googled about the Great House, and I guess it's of men using that facility. Several questions: Were such facilities separated by gender, as this drawing suggests? By class? Note the absence of anything -- a cloth, a sponge, even water -- to wipe their bottoms.

Can anyone comment on this as well as answer more completely my initial questions re: "toilet facilities" for large gatherings?

In looking through a synopsis of David Stewart's lecture at Little Waldingfield History Society re: Hampton Court, the statement below appeared. It's in line with my questions about: how toilet facilities were available and serviced for large numbers of people? Were they separated by gender and/or class? How did they clean themselves? In light of inventories, descriptions of room use, servant assignments, and so forth, one would think evidence would be available. Today, a review of event plans and budgets would show evidence of toilet facilities, supplies, and services since costs, space, and labor are needed.

Henry really used Hampton Court to impress, and in August 1546 he feasted and fĂȘted the French ambassador and his entourage of two hundred gentlemen, along with 1,300 members of his own court, for six days!

Original post from 2013 here:

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Question from Arthur - Seating arrangements at early Tudor feasts

Hi, I have a question about feasts in the early tudor period.I just watched the TV A Tudor Feast and I have a few questions I wondered if someone knew the answer too.

Who exactly sat at the top table, I know the lord did but who else? If the lord has several sons and daughters and they are all adults or teens where do they sit? Also if there is visiting nobility of a higher status do they get the prim place at the top table in place of the lord? And lastly in the case of a wedding feast do the couple occupy the head table too?

I am writing a novel and want to try and get things as accurate as possible..thanks.