Sunday, October 04, 2015

Question from Jeff - Non-fiction book recommendations on King Henry

Which book would be the very best to read to learn all the facts about King Henry, I'm looking for the real facts not fiction.
I've sent to much time reading the wrong book.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Question from Peter - Occupation of a Faber

Dear Friends,

Can anyone tell me what a "Faber" was in 1379. My modern latin dictionary gives "a smith" or "forger" The term is found in the 1379 Poll Tax for West Riding of Yorkshire.

The gentleman concerned, Richard Peck, married an heraldic heiress which seems a little incongruous if he was a smith or forger.

Many thanks


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Question from KG - Political meaning of Henry VIII's poetry

I have been reading the poetry of Henry VIII. I was wondering if any of them are thought to have political meaning? Or if we know which poets he aped? I also wondered if we know when each poem was written (I hope this list is accurate):

It doesn't give any indication of years. I'll be writing an essay for university on this and would appreciate any help anyone can offer.

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Question from D.J. - Duties of Chief Mourner

I'm writing a screenplay about Mary I, and have a question about Jane Grey serving as chief mourner for Catherine Parr. What does a chief mourner do exactly? This is the first time we see Jane in the script and I want to make sure I get this right. Thank you.

Sunday, August 02, 2015

Question from Dewey - Archbishop of Canterbury v. Westminster

why is the arch duke of canterbury head under the crown instead of the arch duke of westminister?

[Note: I think the submitter meant archbishop as opposed to archduke. - Lara]

Friday, July 31, 2015

Question from Helena - Katherine of Aragon costume

For an upcoming faire I intended to masquerade as a young Katherine of Aragon (with by boyfriend as Henry VIII and a friend as Cardinal Wolsey). As such I was hoping you could help me answer some costuming questions. I have done my own research of course, but it's always nice to get answers from a real-time person, not a long stagnant website.

First, I want to put it out there that I am a college student and do not have the money to spend on a completely accurate costume. As such I am leaning heavily towards a pattern that is relatively simple to sew. As of now I have two, which I have included below. One is based off the famous Princess Elizabeth portrait, while the other is more generic and more Elizabethan. Your input of which to use (or an alternative) would be greatly appreciated.

For colors I was thinking green, it seems fresh and young and fitting of a Queen. Katherine seems to favor red in her portraits, so that is an option, along with blue. Fabric is where I am really stuck though. Because this event is in the summer (late August/early September) I would like it to be as light as possible. I have read everything from wool, to silk, to velvet, and I was really hoping I could have your expert opinion there.

Thank you so very much,

Monday, July 20, 2015

Question from Myreen - Marshall Tunstall

I am seeking information on Marshall Tunstall, a descendant of Edward I, and some archbishops and Nevilles, related to most of the crowns of England and Europe, and direct thru his father from Brian the Shining Knight. He was in Virginia during the 1670s and died in the late 1690s. He intermarried with the Barons of de la Warre, who are direct descendents of Mary Boleyn. Also, seeking information on the Quarles of Virginia.

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Traveling for work July 9 through 12

Hello all! It's once again time for me to make the journey west to McDonald Observatory for our summer board meeting, so I'll have limited time to post new questions and approve comments during that time. I'll be back to a regular schedule on Monday July 13.

Monday, July 06, 2015

Question from Nan - Catherine Willoughby and Anne Boleyn


I've been reading about Catherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk. Something I haven't been able to find is any reference to her feelings about Anne Boleyn. I know Willoughby's mother was Maria de Salinas (dear friend of Catherine of Aragon), but that Catherine Willoughby's religious attitudes came to be much closer to those of Anne than the Catholic Catherine of Aragon.

This question was sparked for me by Wendy Dunn's novel The Light in the Labyrinth, which poses Willoughby as one of Anne's supporters. Yet the version of her in The Tudors series is very anti-Anne. While I know that historical facts cannot always be gleaned by fiction, I am wondering if there is any information about Catherine Willoughby's actual feelings regarding Anne Boleyn.

Thank you!

Question from Peter - Record of claims on lands of Thomas de Hasilden

Dear Tudor Q&A the following is a catalogue entry for a 15th/16th Century manuscript.

Can anyone advise on what grounds Roger Banastre et al are likely to have had a claim to the lands and tenements mentioned and/or why the lands should go to them in particular rather than anyone else?

Dean and college of the free chapel of St Stephens Westminster to Roger Banastre Richard Altham, and Robert Broun of Wakefield.

To take seizen of lands and tenements in Wakefield which ought to revert to them on the death of Thomas de Hasilden, the father, by reason of the bastardy of the said Thomas. Which Thomas is dead without legitimate issue.

Many thanks.

Sunday, July 05, 2015

Question from Peter - Duties of the position of chapman

At the time of Henry VII what did a "chapman" do?
I have a record of one Richard Pek who was "chapman" and "yeoman" of H. VII who was listed in H.VIII Pardon Rolls.

Many thanks.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Question from Jacky - Mary Tudor Brandon and The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries

Mary Tudor Brandon and tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn of Museum of Cluny in Paris: Is Mary the Lady with the lion and the unicorn?

[Edited to add: Jacky is looking for feedback on his website with the hypothesis listed above as part of research for a book. You can find the site here: Please note that the website is in English and French.]

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Search box errors

Hello all,

Apologies if you've been getting an error page when trying to use the search box. I'm not sure what's wrong but I'll investigate and fix it as soon as possible.

Update: Well, I've managed to fix the search box on the Q&A blog, but then I realized that I had the search box on a bunch of pages on the rest of the site (the static, non-blog pages) and I'm going to have to update those. It's going to take a while!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Question from Nan - Catherine of Aragon vs. of Castile

This might be an odd question, but why was Catherine of Aragon referred to as being "of Aragon" and not "of Castile"? Castile was the bigger and more powerful nation, and from what I've seen, her sister Juana was known as "Juana of Castile" not "Juana of Aragon." Did Isabel and Ferdinand divide up their children?

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Question from Jon - Elizabeth I pet monkey

I want ask did Queen Elizabeth I have a pet monkey?

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Question from Tasha - What if Anne Boleyn had had a son

Hi there, such a sucker when it comes to Tudor history. I've always wondered this, if Anne Boleyn gave henry a son would he have stayed with her and not married Jane Seymour? What do you think?

Monday, May 11, 2015

On vacation Tuesday May 12 through Tuesday May 26

Hello all!

I just wanted to post a notice that I'll be on vacation for the above dates and therefore there may be a delay in posting new questions and approving comments. I'll have internet access and a little downtime in the evenings so I'll try to keep up with things then.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Question from Laura M - Biographies of Margaret Beaufort

I am looking for the best biography/history of Margaret Beaufort. I know this has been asked before, but I've searched and can't seem to find it. Anyone know what I'm talking about? Also any more recent additions to history on Margaret Beaufort would be awesome, thanks.

[I also thought there had been a previous question on this, but I couldn't find it either! - Lara]

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Question from Kathy - Superstitions about clothing and jewelry from the dead

With the expense of clothing and jewelry in the Tudor times, I am guessing that many articles of clothing and jewelry were passed on after death. But I also wonder if there were people had superstitions about taking on clothing or jewelry of someone that had passed away. Also, how would (say clothing) have been given out. When Catherine of Aragon, Ann Boleyn, Jane Seymour, etc. died, did their children, their servants, receive their clothing or was it just broken down for the next Queen's clothing? Thank you!

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?