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!

Question from Julia - Rolled vs folded letters


Here's another correspondence question: does anyone know whether a letter would be more likely to be rolled up like a scroll or folded? I am assuming it would be sealed with wax, to help to preserve its privacy, and I was imagining a roll tied up with ribbon or bands of some kind. But I suddenly wondered if it might have been folded up into some sort of envelope. Does anyone know?



Monday, December 01, 2014

Question from Julia - Containers for messages during transport

Was there any special vessel or container for carrying a message from the household of one nobleman to another? When a messenger was on horseback, did he carry the letter in a bag / a tube / was it attached to him or in some kind of saddlebag on a horse?

Thank you for any help!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Question from Rachel - Biggest inaccuracies of "The Tudors"

What are the three biggest/worst historical inaccuracies in The Tudors (in your opinion)?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Question from Joanna - Henry and Anne in the woods

At the end of first season of The Tudors, there's this scene where Anne and Henry have sex in the woods. Is there any historical basis (not necessarily sex, but something, like Henry chasing Anne, which I think Hilary Mantel used in her TC-books) for that, or was it just made up?

Monday, November 10, 2014

Question from Sara - Robert Dudley as Protector

When Elizabeth I nearly died of smallpox, she requested that Robert Dudley be appointed as Protector in the event of her death. My question is, what did Elizabeth mean by "Protector"? What kind of role or responsibilities did she assume Robert Dudley would have in this position? I have heard the title used in regard to regents ruling for minors, or as a title for the head of state himself (like Cromwell later in history). Did Elizabeth envision one of these situations, or did she mean something else entirely?

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Question from Kristin - Lady Mary Cholmondeley

I'm looking for information on Lady Mary Cholmondeley, a lady knighted by Queen Elizabeth according Nichols. [J. Nichols, Progresses of King James the First (1828), vol. 3, p.406.]

Any tips for possible sources appreciated.

Thank you

Question from Marilyn R - Duties and statue of a chamberer

During her interrogation regarding Katherine Howard's past, Mary Lassels thought that 'Margery, my ladys chamberer,can tell much.'

What were the duties and status of a chamberer?

Thank you.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Question from Sarah - John Foxe and the Book of Martyrs

Did John Foxe write the Book of Martyrs by himself, or was he more of a compiler and editor?

Question from Sarah - Bishop William Barlow in the 1550s

Does anyone know of any research into Bishop William Barlow's time in Poland or Lithuania during the 1550s? All I can find is from Brett's Narratives, confirming that he was there with the Duchess of Suffolk, but nothing about what he did there.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question from Heather R. - Swaddling and limb binding

I am writing an college essay on the practices of swaddling or limb binding to prevent physical deformities during the Tudor Era. Can anyone help me locate any other sources besides Wikipedia? Thank you.

Question from Sarah - Self-description of mid-Tudor Protestants

During the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, what did English Protestants describe themselves as? Were the terms "Protestant" or "Anglican" in existence? I'm thinking mainly of people like Hugh Latimer.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Question from Rene - Byzantine cultural transfer

We know about the scientific and cultural transfers between Islam and mediaeval Christianity, especially in the days of the Crusader states. Was there any significant scientific and/or cultural transfer from Byzantium into Catholic Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries too, or did the Papacy discourage study of the ways of the Greek "apostates" too?

The reason why I ask is that far too often the links between Western Catholicism and Islam are frequently touched upon by mainstream Western media (read: Hollywood) but hardly anything is mentioned about the Byzantines who would've been more advanced and prosperous ....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question from Annette - Edward Seymour and Catherine Fillol's chidren

Question about edward seymours 1st marriage and children.

Research for my novel, his marriage to catherine fillol was annulled and she was sent to live in a convent, their subsequent children two boys named John and Edward were declared bastards..what happened after their mother was sent away..where did they live, who took care of them, surely not either Seymour or fillol families as it was a scandal at the time.

Can anyone tell me what happened to these boys.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Question from Julian - Early Tudor era maps and plans

Maps and or Sketches of Henry VII's City of London; - of the Palaces of White Hall, - and that of Westminster; - and/or a ground plan of the Abbey of Bermondsey [demolished immediately following the Dissolution]?

The earliest map [of White Hall Palace] I have been able to find after many hours of searching the internet dates from the 17th C. I haven't been able to find anything that shows early Tudor London, or the Tudor Palace of Westminster and the Abbey Pale as it then existed at all.

I'm researching the life of a senior King's Officer to write his Biography; and these are all Locations where the Official Archives place the man at various time during his 24yr. Service to king Henry VII,[houses assigned as his Official Quarters, Security Duties or Custodial Duties officially assigned to him], and relevant mentions in the "Rolls Series" transcriptions.

If anyone on this List knows of any "public domain" Maps and ground plans closer to the 1485-1509 Period than the 17th C. that have been digitised online , - I'd be very grateful for the URLs.

Question from Larry - Henry VIII doctor named Salmon

I watched a youtube video called "Inside the body of Henry Vlll". There was a photo of physicians who attended the king. One was labeled X.Salmon. I was curious if there was a doctor named Salmon who looked after him?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Question from Annabeth - Lucy Negro and Shakespeare's "Dark Lady"

Hello everyone! I was reading an article about The Dark Lady of the sonnets and I want to know something more about Lucy Negro who was mentioned as possible Dark Lady.Thank you on your answers.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Question from Rita - Illegitimate son of Charles Brandon

I am researching my family history on my maiden name, Brandon. I have come to a standstill regarding Thomas Brandon, presumably born in 1550 and his presumed father, Sir Charles Brandon,the illegitimate son of Charles, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Is Sir Charles Brandon the illegitimate son of the 1st Duke? If so, did he have a son Thomas? In either case, I would like some information to continue my family tree. It intrigues me I could be a possible descendent of the Tudor family. Thank you so much for any information or resources which would be be beneficial.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Question from Alex - Mary Tudor and Henry Fitzroy

I recently read that Henry VIII, at one point, thought about possibility of Mary marrying her half-brother, Henry Fitzroy. How serious that intent was, and why it failed in the end?

[Some coverage of this question is in the comments to the previous post linked below. - Lara]

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Question from Hannah - Widows of executed noblemen

What was the fate of widows of noblemen, who had been executed - assuming that widow had been deemed innocent of whatever crime her husband had been condemned? Were treatment and customs much different from normal?

[Similar question from 2011 linked below. - Lara]

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Question from Em - Jacobean lace

Was jacobean lace made of silk, linen, or all three? Does it make a difference if the lace was used on the neck, the cuff or elsewhere?

Any idea of the relative cost of a great lace neckpiece?

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.