Sunday, November 22, 2020

Question from Trish - Anna Margaretta Regina Pedissiqua

I am trying to find out about Anna Margaretta Regina Pedissiqua who had married Thomas Berry in about 1453. I am just trying to find out about where she was born and where he came from.

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[Submission slightly edited for clarity - Lara]

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Question from Daniel - Surviving things from Henry VIII's reign

Does anything survive today how it was during his reign if Henry Viii was alive today, would he recognise anything?? If he was alive or has everything completed destroyed? Is sad because that was the golden age of england, wheres it all gone is my question??

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Question from Tess - Customary time for wearing mourning clothing

Hello! I am in the process of writing a novel set in the Tudor period (Henrician). Does anyone know for sure how long widows were supposed to keep black clothing (for mourning)? I read somewhere that there was no clear law about it, but what was considered 'proper'? The 1-year-period seemed to have only been set up in the Victorian era... or was it also applicable for the early sixteenth century? Many thanks xx

Monday, July 13, 2020

Question from Al - Information on item found in Southwell

Hi I am looking for some information on this item I have. It was found in Southwell next to The Archbishops palace. I know the main design probably represents Henry VIII but the other designs on it are proving a little difficult to decipher. I have put the relevant info on this youtube video

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Question from Erin - Women's hair at their executions

I am doing a project on pen pals and we started talking about ladies being beheaded did they wear there hair up or was their head above the neck covered in a handkerchief

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Blog and server upgrades coming

Hello to any readers who stumble upon this before the upgrading starts! My webhost is going to be migrating to new servers over the month of June and I'm really hoping that it will solve some issues I've been having for a few years now. I haven't really had the time to migrate to a new webhost so I just stuck it out. Part of the upgrade process may impact the blog part of the site, so I'm going to do some testing in their 'sandbox'. BUT, before I can to that, I have to do some upgrades that may also muck things up before I can even get to the testing part. I'm trying to back everything up in every way I have available, but there is still a chance things will break. If something goes awry, check the Q&A blog (this page) and/or my personal blog since they are hosted on Blogger and won't be affected by these issues.

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 (, 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.

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. 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.