Sunday, September 21, 2014

Question from Peter - City Bars and Gates

Dear Tudor Q&As

Query re City Bars & Gates.

I have a reference to a house that was the last before the city Bar (also written as Barre sometimes). The implication is that the Bar marked the limit of the city boundary. But what exactly was the Bar. Was it an actual structure or a notional boundary?

Could you confirm that the word "Gate" meant road or street as well as gate as we understand it today?

Very many thanks for your help.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Question from Stephanie - Elizabeth I's possible marriage to Philip of Spain

How likely did people think it was that Elizabeth would marry Philip of Spain when she ascended the throne? Did she immediately reject him, or did she keep him hanging on like she did with later suitors? I'm thinking that that would have been a worry for English Protestants.

Question from JenGin - Mary Boleyn at court in during Anne's queenship

Hello everyone,

I'm currently reading Alison Weir's bio of Mary Boleyn and there is something that I'm curious about. Weir says:

"In April 1535, as we have seen, John Hale mentioned that 'the Queen's Grace might not suffer her sister to be in the court', and so it is unlikely that Anne and Mary were ever reconciled".

Is it true that Anne couldn't "suffer" her sister to be at court? Is this John Hale the same person who claimed that Mary Boleyn's son was Henry VIII's child? I'm very curious. Thank you in advance.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Question from Annette - Gertrude Blount and Jane Seymour

To question about Gertrude Blount,lady Exeter, I have just been reading david starkys six wives of Henry viii and he says that she and sir Nicholas Carew were sponsors to jane Seymour , what did sponsors do for their sponsees? and does anyone know what she looked like..apparently she was supposed to be attractive.

Friday, September 05, 2014

Question from Jane - Executions of husbands and wives

If both husband and wife were to be executed by beheading, would they be executed at the same time or not? Would it be up to King to decide that?

Monday, September 01, 2014

Question from Peter - Abbreviation in Yorkshire Deeds

Please could you or your readers advise what the abbreviation 'clk' found in the Yorkshire Archaeological Society, Record Series, Yorkshire Deeds, for the 15th Century means?


'to Robert Frost, clk., chancellor of the lord Prince, Thomas Pek, clk.,'

Many thanks.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Question from Colleen - Form of address for a younger son of an Earl

Hello! I'm looking for clarification - how would one refer to the younger son of an earl? I know "Right Honourable" is a fairly recent development and would not have been in use in the 16th century. But would he be "Lord (Name)" or "Master (Name)"? Or something else entirely?

Thank you!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Question from Ben - Phrase about Elizabeth I and James VI/I

I would like to ask where did phrase that Elizabeth was King:now james is queen "Rex fuit Elizabeth:nunc est regina Jacobus"?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Question from Elliott - Wedding vows in the 1480s

Before the establishment of the Church of England, what were the Catholic wedding vows one would have had to take in the 1480s?

Question from Annette - Catherine Fillol's convent

Question about catherine fillol and John Seymour, after they allegedly had an affair and her father found out about it..she was sent to a convent...can anyone hazard a guess or Actually know which convent she was sent to? Would it have been in Wiltshire or her native Dorset ? Did convents allow visitors? I also read that convents only took wealthy women with dowrys, how is this possible if her dowry would have gone to her husband edward surely? Thanks again.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Question from annette - 1535 progress of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

A question about the progress Henry viii and anne boleyn went on in 1535 when he ultimately met his next wife at wolf hall .
What path did the progress take?What areas or counties did they visit? Did anne boleyn visit wolf hall as well? And when he toured his which order did he visit? Whitehall, Greenwich , Hampton etc??. In seasons aswell summer and winter? Can't seem to find a lot online about it unless I;m wording it incorrectly. I'm working on a novel by the way so this serves as research. Thank you for any answers and time taken.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Question from Stacey - Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots' pearls

I know that Elizabeth wore the pearls that belonged to Mary Queen of Scots in the Armada portrait, but are there other portraits she wore them in? Why would she deliberately wear something that so obviously belonged to Mary Stuart?

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Question from John - Elizabeth I nicknames

I would like to ask is it true that Elizabeth I was the nickname actress?

[The sender didn't leave an email address so I couldn't contact him for clarification, but I suspect this is about Elizabeth I's habit of giving people at her court nicknames. - Lara]

Friday, August 01, 2014

Question from Lizelle - Illegitimate son of Francis I of France


Hope you can help me. I am trying to find sources that can verify if my ancestor Henry De La Rieux (born 1502) is in fact an illegitimate son of Francis I, King of France? Henry's mother is just known as "Daughter De La Rieux" and was apparently a mistress of the King.

Thanks so much!

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Question from Elina - Clothing requirements for women's executions

If woman was sentenced to death, what sort of requirements was there for her clothing (if there was any), and did execution method bring its own requirements (for example, was she supposed to wear lighter dress/clothes for burning than for beheading)?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Question from Annette - Jane Seymour's betrothal to William Dormer


i';m hoping to start a novel based on jane seymour..fingers crossed..wondered if anyone had information on her bethrothal to william dormer..what year and such and whether she was actually in france the same time as anne boleyn, serving and finishing her education there..i know theres not alot known about her early life..but any information and dates would be useful!

Thanks muchly!

Question from Vera - Inheritance of daughters of barons

In Tudor era, if baron had only one child, a daughter, would she inherit a barony, or would it go to baron's other male relatives?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Traveling for work through Monday July 21

Hello all! I just want to put up a note that I'll be traveling for work through Monday so question-posting and comment-approving may be sporadic, depending on my schedule and/or internet availability.

(For those curious, this is where I'm going to be!)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Question from Annabell - Lady Howard and Lady Dacre

Hello! I was reading a question about lady Howard at the New Year gift list and found it by myself and I was researching about lady Howard junior and lady Dacres of the South, but could not find anything about them. Were they related or not and biographies. Thank you a lot!!!!!

[The previous thread referenced in this question is linked below. - Lara]

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Question from shtove - Source of Armada quote

Here's a famous Armada quote: "we are sailing against England in the confident hope of a miracle."

It's reported by a papal legate as spoken to him by a Spanish government official a few weeks before the Armada sailed in 1588.

It's the end part of a short, ironic speech that shows the official was fully aware the Armada was doomed to defeat, and is cited all over the place as an example of the folly of religious absolutism. One author uses the very final phrase as the title of his book on the Armada. Important stuff.

So I looked for the source, and everything led back to Garrett Mattingly from his Armada book in 1960 - I think he got a Pulitzer for it:

It reads very nicely, but no source. Then I found Geoffrey Parker using it - good, a serious historian - in his revised book on the Armada with a footnote that gives the source as ... Mattingly.

I can't get past Mattingly. And Britannica says this about him: "However, Garrett Mattingly (190062), generally regarded as the master of historical narrative among American historians, enlivened his work with speeches he wrote and attributed to historical characters without always identifying them as invented."

Not good. Can anyone get past Mattingly? (I tried Foosean search terms - no luck.)


Sunday, June 08, 2014

Question from ? - Marriage of bishops from 1547 to 1553

Can anyone help in finding marriage records between 1547 and 1553 of Bishops.

John Bird, Bishop of Chester who had responsible position within Henry V111 court, was married after
Henry V111's death in 1547. As many other Bishops married during the same period, once Mary 1 was on
the throne, some were sent to their death and others were given different punishments.

John Bird, Bishop of Chester had to surrender his Bishopric and repudiate his wife. He was sent as
vicar to Great Dunmow in Essex and died in 1558 and stated as in an 'obscure condition'.

With his connections to Henry V111 ,therefore his position being of some importance I would have
thought a record of Bishop John Bird's marriage between 1547 and 1553, would have been recorded
somewhere. To date I can find no mention of who his wife might have been, other than being young.

Can anyone help? Many thanks in advance.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Question from Peter - Tudor marriage records

Dear Friends,

Re Tudor marriage records.

What sources are there for marriage records apart from Parish Registers, Bishop's Transcripts, Marriage Allegations and Bonds, Herald's visitations and Wills?

I have a record of one Wakefield (in Yorkshire) Tudor ancestor with four wives but no source given!

Thank you for any help,

Question from Peter - Inquisitions post mortem

Dear Friends,

Re Inquisitions post mortem.

Please could someone shed light on the role of Trustees per the following IPM below.

What are the duties of Trustees?

Why was the Trusteeship passed down the Peck family for several generations?

What does having the role of trustee tell us about the Peck family?

What does the Peck trusteeship tell us about the nature of their relationship to Sayvile?

What other genealogical and social nuggets can we glean from this IPM regarding the Peck family?

So many questions - sorry and thank you.

John Sayvile, Knt. 21 March, 12 Hen. VIII. (1520/1)

One Thomas Sayvile, great-grandfather of the said John,was seised of the manor of Folrigge, co. Lancaster. By charter, dated at Folrigge, St. Hilary's day, 8 Hen. V., he conveyed the same to trustees (amongst whom was Henry Sayvile of Copley, Esq.), entailing it on his heirs male.

(The last surviving trustee was Richard Peke, from whom the trusteeship has descended to John Peke, now living, son of Richard, son of Richard, son of John, son of the afore- said Richard Peke).

John Sayvile, Knt., died 20 March, 20 Hen. VII. Henry Saivile, Esq., is his son and heir, and
heir of the aforesaid Thomas, viz., son of John, son of John,son of John, son of the said Thomas. At the date of this inquisition he is 22 and upwards. By Letters Patent,5 Nov., 2 Hen. VIII., the wardship and marriage of the said Henry Saivile were granted to Richard Hastings, Knt.
Vol. ii., no. 11.

Very many thanks,

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Question from kb - Elizabeth Trevanion Carey, Baroness Carey, Countess Of Monmouth

Hi All,

I am looking for any stray information about Elizabeth Trevanion Carey, Baroness Carey, Countess Of Monmouth. I have the memoirs of Robert Carey, her husband and the entry on Kate Meerson's site. Anything else anyone can contribute would be helpful including birth/death dates, reception in the Jacobean Court, her nature or character, etc.

Thank you so much,

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Question from Annabel - Rural life in 1520s

I'm writing a novel set in the 1520s: to be specific, it's set in rural England between March 1526 and September 1527, and has virtually nothing to do with either court, the monarchy, or the Reformation. Instead, it features the gentry and a supernatural love affair: Jane Austen, but set three hundred years back! And with vampires! (I'm really making it sound very coherent, aren't I?)

Unfortunately, as you can imagine, this has made doing research somewhat difficult. If I can find books with a more anthropological bent, they seem to mainly describe life at court and the romance between Henry and Anne, which is interesting, but not what I need.

I know that while writing it I'll have far more questions than I would feel comfortable bothering you with, so my question is this: can you recommend some books or websites for me to find more information? I'd be interested particularly in things like etiquette, how courtship was conducted, where/when people would have socialised with one another, and a typical day for a young member of the gentry living deep in the country (getting up times, how they filled the hours, etc). Daily life, essentially, for the large number of people in the sixteenth century who were not Henry VIII.
Thank you in advance for your help.