Sunday, February 28, 2016

Question from Becca - Henry VIII's coronation procession

Hi everybody! I am looking for people who were in Henry Viii's coronation procession. My mother-in-law and I are working on a project as part of her physical therapy. Some people like the mayor of London was easy enough to track down, however others are proving difficult. I'd like to know which of Catherine's ladies were there and a total head count of Henry's attendants. On a side note, does anybody know what a "Bauderike" is? I believe it maybe some kind of "chain of estate" but I'd love some confirmation on that. Thank you for your help!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Question from Arthur - Grooms and Ushers in the reign of Henry VII

Hi I am researching a novel set in 1495. In it my MC and his son are Grooms and Ushers to the King which would be Henry 7th. Its a fictional story and the fictional characters, but I have to questions if you are able to help....

How much freedom would they have? For instance is it likely that the King would dismiss them from court to go home at regular intervals or if they requested the need to or would they have certain times they are allowed home, they live in Somerset so I am estimating it will take them a few days to get home and a few more to get back.

Also the father is an Earl the Son a Viscount. How much interference is there likely to in their estates and families from the King who is slightly suspicious of them because of some family allegiances. He is suspicious but cannot directly prove their involvement in anything, of keeping them close rather than letting them do as they please. If any of that makes sense. I realise its fiction, but I like to be as credible as possible.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Question from Samantha - Ursula Pole's birth year

Most online resources list 1504 as the birth year of Ursula Pole, but Hazel Pierce's biography of Margaret Pole states that Ursula was born before 1500. Any idea where this discrepancy comes from or which is correct?

This is for a historical fiction writing project ( Thank you!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Question from Anna - Children's drink in 16th century England

What are some reliable secondary sources, such as books and journal articles, that cover what children drank in 16th century England? For a university project we have to choose a topic relating to drinking in the early modern era to write a 4000 word essay on, and what children drank is something that I'd like to focus on. Although we are supposed to focus on primary sources, we have been advised to use some secondary sources as a starting point, but I am struggling to find anything!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Question from Cameren - English power in Europe during the Tudor period

I'm writing an essay on the Tudor dynasty and need to know how England asserted itself as the dominant power in Europe during the Tudor dynasty. All answers welcome(especially correct one).

[I discourage people just giving answers to homework questions like this, but I thought the general question was interesting and could prompt an informative discussion, especially since I don't think that England generally really is considered a dominant power in that period. - Lara]

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Question from Den - Story of Elizabeth unchaperoned at a party

Where did the story that Kat Ashley allowed Elizabeth unaccompanied go to a party on the Thames?thanks for any answers.