Monday, May 11, 2020

Question from Thomas - Resources for thesis on Tudor medicine

Hello everyone, I am a university student and I am currently doing research for my bachelor's theses. I am interested in Tudor medicine. But because I live abroad it is difficult for me to access primary sources. But thanks to many great responses here I was able to come up with an idea and theme. I am doing research about physicians (as John Hall, George Bate) and how they treated the human body. Main questions are - is there any difference between treating female and male bodies? Or treating aristocracy and paupers? I would be very grateful for any other primary sources/ideas/articles etc. that could help me support my theses and spot those differences. Any other comments are very welcomed.

Monday, April 06, 2020

Question from Mia - Anne Boleyn depicted in green

I am looking for information about Anne Boleyn and why she is commonly depicted in green. I find it really interesting and cannot find any definitive information as to why. Thanks for your help anyone who does Kind regards, Mia

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Question from Daniel - Book opinions

Hi, Im just want your opinions on some books I'm thinking of buying, two of them are by AW I've never read any of her books before but they are. Henry VIII-King and court. The last days of Henry VIII. And the lady in the tower.

Sunday, February 09, 2020

Question from Daniel - Existing portraits from life of Tudors

Do any original portraits from life of Henry VIII, AB etc exist or are they all copy's of portraits. I don't believe these posthumous paintings portray the true appearance.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Question from Bertha - Favors at jousts

Hi everyone, I'm the admin of a AU Tudor-era collaborative writing site (https://loyaltybindsus.jcink.net/index.php), so you'll probably be seeing me around here a lot! Anyways, in the first season of The Tudors, Henry VIII asks Catherine of Aragon for her favor before a joust (he simply says, "My Lady," and holds his lance up to her and she ties a ribbon around it). It's been surprisingly difficult to research on my own because "favor" is so widely used to mean political favor (though I did read on an unverifiable website that detachable sleeves were often given as favors, which sounds true and is neat!). In any case, my main question is, would women have given favors at an early-Tudor-era joust? Any other information or resources about the history or social implications of that sort of favor would be massively appreciated.

Tuesday, February 04, 2020

Question from Veaj - Tissue in clothing

Hi there, when they refer to tissue ie in dresses what are they referring to? That is, what sort of material. Thanks

Sunday, February 02, 2020

Question from Daniel - Henry VIII's remains

Hi everyone it's been a while! My question is.. Do you think Henry VIII body/skeletal remains will be exhumed at some point as it very unclear what he succumbed to obviously he's a very high profile figure lot of controversy around him I for one would like this to happen!?

Monday, January 20, 2020

Question from Salma - Dissertation on Catherine of Aragon's role as wife

Hi, I'm currently in my third year of university and writing my dissertation. I want to focus it on Catherine of Aragon's role as a wife and to what extent she fulfilled this despite not being able to bear Henry sons. I'm struggling to think of a more specific question regarding her role as a wife. I want to focus on her role as a wife rather than just a queen (so expectations of wives in the 16th century). Is there one particular angle of her being a wife I should focus on? I would greatly appreciate any help on this.

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Question from Meg - Mary Tudor and mental illness

Because of Mary Tudor's actions as a ruler, do you believe she had any mental health issues that we can classify today? I find this topic quite fascinating considering how at the time the population knew very little about mental illness. Anyway, what do you think?

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. https://www.encyclopedia.com/people/history/british-and-irish-history-biographies/thomas-howard-1st-earl-suffolk

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. https://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/L%E2%80%99Encyclop%C3%A9die/1re_%C3%A9dition/WINDSOR 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.