Thursday, December 21, 2006

Question from Steve - Tudor feast potatoes

Watching the Tudor Feast was wonderful, but one thing as me wondering. Seeing as potatoes were introduced to England in Tudor times (1400-1500), why were none available in the Tudor Feast ?

Friday, December 15, 2006

Question from Tudorfan - Anne's "B" necklace

Does anyone know what became of Anne Boleyn's famous B pearl necklace?

Question from Betsy - Margaret, daughter of Owen and Katherine

Evidently Owen Tudor and Katherine of Valois (grandparents of Henry VII) had a daughter named Margaret who died in 1437. Does anyone have any information about her birth, marriage, or offspring? I've been told she married a Jones. Any suggestions about how to pursue this?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Question from Matt - Tudor family life

What was family life like for tudor citizens?
I am 13 and i'm level 6.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Question from Marjon - Tudor Christmas court

Hi, i read that Tudor royals (Esp. Elizabeth I) demanded their courtiers to be present at court during the twelve days of christmas.
I was wondering if during that time and all the great feasts their family would be allowed to join them at court?

Monday, December 04, 2006

Question from ? - Elizabethan homes and furniture

Where can i find info on elizabethan homes and furniture......especially toilets and bathtubs?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Question from Moira - Burial place of John Dudley

In her book 'Elizabeth and Leicester', Elizabeth Jenkins states that the body of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was buried some while after his execution in the Beauchamp Chapel in St Mary's Church Warwick. I have visited the Beauchamp Chapel on several occasions, and, as far as I am aware, the only tombs there are those of Robert Dudley, Lettice Knollys, Robert Dudley (the 'noble impe'), Ambrose Dudley and Richard de Beauchamp. I had thought that John Dudley was buried in St Peter Ad Vincula at the Tower of London. Can anyone enlighten me?

Question from Analisa - Tudor History places in London

I was wondering if anyone had an good recomendations on places to visit in London that are connected to Tudor History. I am going over Spring Break and I will only going to places very close to London. Thanks!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Question from Lisa - Building an authentic Tudor dollhouse

I'm starting to build a tudor dollhouse, and I have so many questions? I'm into making things look historically accurate, and this one is a 'country tudor' and can be found here

I think it's absolutely charming. instead of using shingles for the roof, I'm going to thatch it, and the timbers are going to be a darker brown (like the tar covered kind).

But how should I finish the walls on the inside? What kind of floor options do I have? How about the furnishings? Should the fireplace be made from brick or stone or just timbers? I'm probably going to have the fireplace cut out from the wall and then make it bump out into an added lean-to or closet or something of the likes. Is the inside of the house just the backside of wattle-and-daub or did they finish it? So many questions. And would someone in this house have a chamber pot, or just go outside in a covered hole in the ground? Anything would help! Thank you!

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Question from Sian - Tudor gardens

what kind of plants would you have found in a typical Tudor garden?

Friday, November 17, 2006

Question from Tara - Mary I's early life

I am doing a 12-page research paper on Mary I up to her coronation, do you have any suggestions on readings for her upbringing...I am not finding much. Thanks!

Monday, November 13, 2006

Question from Christine - Clocks

Did the Tudors have clocks?

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Question from Kiran - Cures and remedies

I am doing a project about Tudor 'cures'and remedies... It doesnt have to work, actually, the weirder the better!!! I am thirteen, still at high school, so nothing too complex please!!!

[ed note: yet more Tudor medicine - I'd love to see some examples that people can find for this one though, so that's why I'm posting it even though it sort of repeats previous questions... I'll try to look through some of my books tomorrow too, head cold permitting]

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Question from Amanda - Henry VIII and faction

I am currently writing an essay on Henry VIII and faction. My particular intrest is the debate amongst historians. It would be much appreciated if anybody has any pointers for reading particulary books or websites.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Question from Carlyn - Elizabeth I personal details

... a children's book I am writing called, "ROYAL RAUCOUS, royal rumors and myths throughout history." The age range is 7-12 and it is scheduled to be released in 2008 with Houghton Mifflin. I am giving you this background information because I know my questions are going to sound silly, but they are designed to get a younger audience interested in the people who changed history. (I call it: history lesson meets tabloid magazine). I have a page debunking myths about Elizabeth I. There are two that I am struggling with:

1. Is it true that Elizabeth was afraid of mice?

2. Is it true that Elizabeth swore like a truck driver and inherited her father's temper?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Question from George - Letter from Anne B. to Henry from the Tower

I am led to believe that most scholars dismiss the letter said to be from Anne Boleyn to Henry from the Tower. Can anyone point me towards a book or article where the authenticity of the letter is considered?

Question from Chanelle - Animal in the Tower moat

What big animal did Henry VII kkep in the moat of the Tower of London? What was it fed on and how long did it live?

I am 12 years old and in year 8.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Question from Michelle - Was Mary Boleyn a good mother?

I was wondering if Mary Boleyn was really a good mother or not, because I can't find very much about her relationship with them.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Question from PlusHeureuse - Primary sources on the Dissolution

I am doing an essay about the ease with which H VIII dissolved the monasteries but am struggling to find many actual sources to help me to support this, mostly information seems to be in the form of the opinions of historians from which is is difficult to discern any actual evidence. The arguments all seem to be pretty simple and obvious but i would really apprecaite some advice on where to look for evidence that might help me make this essay well supported and accurate. Thanks.

Question from Victoria - Amy Robsart and Robert Dudley's relationship

Do you believe there ever was love between Amy Robsart abd Robert Dudley when they were first married and before he became favored by the Queen. I read one account that the marriage began very happily, and another account that said it was a contractual marriage and they were hardly ever together. Thanks.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Question from Nicol - Money containers

for my lil brother he has research on 'what materials was used for money containers in tudor time' i have looked up on the internet and cant seem to find anything and wondere if u could help!

Question from Hannah - Rich and Poor

What evidence is there of the rich and poor in the Tudor period?

Monday, October 16, 2006

Question from jp - Seal of England

my school is putting on a production of The Prince and the Pauper, which is set during the end of Henry VIII's reign. I was looking for an image of the seal of England and didn't know if there was one for the Tudor house or just one for England that's been around forever-- any help?

Question from Jaime - "The sweats"

What is "the sweats"? I keeps reading about it in literature, and I have looked for it online. I can't find it anywhere. Is it an illness that we have today?I would like more on what "the sweats" was if any one can help me. Thank you.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Question from Star - Amy Robsart picture

Does anyone know where I could find a picture of Amy Robsart Dudley? I think found one on the website ( but the picture doesn't look accurate.

Thanks for your help!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Question from Samantha - Currency

Can anyone tell me what the unit of currency was for the tudor period?

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Question from Laura - Anne Boleyn's Sixth Finger

Has anyone ever found any proof of the rumour that Anne Boleyn had 6 fingers? There are so many suggestions either way, I can't seem to find a straight answer.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Question from Karen - Richard Guildford

Who is Richard Guildford in and around Henry the Seventh?

Monday, October 09, 2006

Question from Sarah - Absolutism in Tudor England

Im a freshman and i have a pretty big project about absoloutism, more specifically in Tudor England. Any help about anything is very much appreciated![espcially the topics below]

How did the Tudor Monarchs influence English and European affairs?

How did the reigns of peter the great and Catherine the Great affect Russian nobility and common people?

thank you!!!

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Question from Renee - Patterns and info on Tudor clothing

Does anyone know where to find historically accurate patterns for the clothing of the Tudor era? Or, any websites that go into detail about the clothing?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Question from Natalie - Kathryn Howard

I need to know if Kathryn Howard had any children?
And if she did, what were their names, I can't find it on any search engine.

Might I add, that this website has been extremely helpful for my homework :) Thank you.

Question from Pat - A House for Catherine Parr

Several years ago, we were on a tour through the beautiful Cotswolds. We were taken by our tour guide to a private home in a lovely village for cream tea. The owner said that the house had been built as a gift to Catherine Parr from Henry VIII.
She also said that the ceiling in one of the rooms had been featured in "Architecural Digest". Does anyone know in what village this lovely home was located?

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Question from Catherine - Tudor inheritance law

Could anybody clear up Tudor inheritance law for me, please? If a widowed nobleman with one daughter were to marry again, and his new wife were to have one son from a previous marriage, who would inherit on the man's death?

Many thanks!

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Question from Sara - More on colleges and careers for Tudor History

I was wondering if there is a good college in the US for English history, and also what is a good career for someone interested in Tudor History, because that is what I want to do when I get older.

Question from Joopy - Herbal remedies

I need to know some herbal remedies for things like the plague in tudo times. Can u help me

Friday, September 22, 2006

Away for the weekend and Monday

As I've aleady mentioned over on the news blog, I will be away until Tuesday around lunchtime. There may be some delay in the approval of comments for the next few days, since I have no idea what, if any, internet access I'll have.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Question from Connie - Anne Boleyn's grave marker, etc.

Recently I was at the Tower of London and I (of course) visited the chapel of St.Peter Ad Vincula intent on seeing where Anne Boleyn was buried. Unfortunately I was not able to see if the spot was actually marked for her. I was wondering if there is any sort of marker naming her being buried there? Also two smaller questions. At Hampton Court, there is still a small A&H marker from when they were married. Why was it not removed when Henry destroyed all of her symbols. Lastly, some books i have been reading seem to indicate that Anne was assaulted when she was younger in France. Is there any truth to this?

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Question from Lizze - Graduate schools

I want to get my Masters and Doctorate in Tudor history, but I don't now which school offers this program. Would someone please help me?

[this question has come up before, but there weren't many responses, so I thought it would post this one too -- Lara]

Question from Paul - Glove of Anne Boleyn

Dear all.
Many years ago, I remember walking around a stately home as a young boy, seeing as I remember a 6 fingered glove of Ann Boleyn's and the blood stained dress she was wearing when she was beheaded.
Returning to Coughton Court recently, where I believed this encounter to have occurred, neither object was there. There was Mary Queen of Scots Chemise that she was wearing at her beheading, but the only glove was either the young or old Pretender's, and it certainly didn't have 6 digits.
Can anyone please help as this is going to bother me for the rest of my life. I am always boring my wife about this glove, as I remember it was so small, and I thought that going to Coughton Court and showing her would finally prove it's existence. Obviously I got the execution dress wearer mixed up, but the glove of Ann Boleyn I know exists SOMEWHERE.
Thank you all.

Question from Hayley - Mary Seymour

Mary Seymour-the daughter of Katherine Parr by Thomas Seymour -was thought to have died in her teens which would partly explain her mysterious disappearance from History. However, about five years ago, I read that a Historian had uncovered evidence that she may well have survived and was fairly optimistic that he had even traced her living descendants . Do you know if his theory was proved correct?

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Question from Christine - Lettice Knollys

Where did Lettice Knollys die and is the housestill standing?

Question from John - Information on Baoardo (source of description of Jane Grey)

I've tried every source I know of without success, so I am desperately tossing this out to the general public. On the subject of Lady Jane Grey: there is an oft-cited eye-witness physical description of her credited to a "Baoardo." He is variously described as a Genoan, a Florentine, a merchant, an ambassador, and a resident of London. JA Froude cited him as the author of a work published in Venice in 1558 and supposedly still in the Bodleian Library at Oxford. The librarians there have never heard of Baoardo or his book. Richard Davey states Baoardo wrote letters home to Genoa which are now deposited in a Genovese archive. I have searched every catalogue for every archive in Genoa without seeing Baoardo's name mentioned. I have searched the British Library, every major UK university online catalogue, World Cat, OCLC, Early English Books Online, and many others. None of these revealed any author named Baoardo or any work by him. Do any of the visitors to this site, by some remote chance, know where I can locate solid and reliable information on this elusive sixteenth-century Italian? Thank you!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Question from ? - Henry VIII's image

What were henry v111 clothes jewels body language and background image like

Friday, September 08, 2006

Question from Sara T. - More on More and A Man For All Seasons

Well, I have to do a short biography of the characters in "A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS", the play about Sir Thomas More, and I was wondering if there is any information on the relationships between all the characters (specifically beteween More and the Kings 7 and 8) of the play and the Kings. Thanks in advance!
Sara, 16
Grade 11 English

Question from ? - More on Tudor Medicine

{Note from Lara - Tudor medine came up in post from last year, but I was hoping we could get some more info on that topic.}

What medicines did they use in tudor times? i am doin a project at school in history about tudors and i need to find out medicine!
please help me!!!!

Question from ? - Why the Tudors were followed by the Stuarts

I Need To Know Why The Tudors Ended And Changed To Stuarts?

Now that schools are back in session... a reminder

Hello to all the students who are dropping by the page or blog who might not have been here before!

I just wanted to remind folks not to submit new questions in the comments. When they've been coming in, I've been posting them as new questions, but it's easier for me if you just send them in as new questions.

Click here for the blog instructions.

I hope everyone has a great school year!

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Question on the Tudor name

I just received a submission about why the Tudors are called the Tudors, so I thought I would just link back to an earlier post and answer on this question.

Monday, September 04, 2006

Question from Karen - Good starter books?

Hey, I'm really interested in Tudor England but I don't know much about it yet. What would be a good book to start with? (I'm a senior in highschool).

Friday, September 01, 2006

Question from Angela - HBO Elizabeth I series

Hello Fans, Is there any historical reference to Elizabeth I affair with the young Earl of Essex as protrayed in the HBO Miniseries.

Also didn't her intimacy with Robert Dudly end soon after her coronation and somewhat stabalization of her throne?

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Question from ac - William Bill?

does anyone know of any literature about william bill, aide to queen mary?

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Question from Olivia - Anne Boleyn's beliefs

Hey im doing a webpage on Anne Boleyn. Im in year 8 and i need to know what her set of beliefs were that halped her dictate choises!

Many Thanks

Olivia Clark

Question from Mell - Dates of Katherine Parr's regency

I would be grateful if you could tell me the precise dates of Catheryn Parr's regency in the mid 1540's. I am doing a Masters Degree and my dissertation is on Levina Teerlinc. the actual dates are vital as it may prove that she was recruited by Catheryn and not Henry VIII, which all the art historians suggest.
i cannot find these anywhere! gratefully yours


Question from Noel - Looking for info on Lucy Somerset, Lady Neville, Baroness Latimer

Currently, I am looking for any and all information on Lucy Somerset, Lady Neville, Baroness Latimer.

She was the daughter of the Earl of Woecester. Wife of John Neville, Baron Latimer (Step-son of Catherine Parr BEFORE she married Henry VIII).

Under which of Henry VIII Queen's was she a Maid of Honor, and granted her permission to marry John Neville? Do you know where I might be able to find a picture of her or her daughters?

Question from David - Elizabeth's references to her mother

I know that Elizabeth rarely ever spoke of her mother or her mother's death, but were there any incidents recorded in history where we see bess refering to her mother?

Question from Katy - Latimer connection

I was wondering if there was any connection between the Lord Latimer that widowed Katherine Parr, and the Hugh Latimer executed by Mary I for his Protestantism.

Thank you :)

Friday, July 28, 2006

On vacation July 30 to August 20

I'm going to be on vacation for the next three weeks. I'll have access to the internet on and off, so I will try to keep up with any posts or comment approvals that come through, but there might be a delay. Thanks for your understanding!

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Question from Elizabeth - Relationship of Henry VIII and his daughter Mary

I was wondering what kind of relationship Henry VIII had with his daughter Mary after Jane Seymour brought her back to court. Any info on this would be appeciated.

Elizabeth Swanson
11 grade

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Question from Sara - Portrait of Catherine Carey

I was wondering if there are any portraits of Catherine Carey, Elizabeth I's cousin. I can't find any online. Thanks.

Question from Victoria - Sleeping arrangements for Maids of Honor

What were the sleeping arrangments for 'maids of honor'? Were private rooms provided for each? If not would these young (and not so young) women share a large bed, as is depicted in so much fiction about the time period? I realize that situations would've changed as the individual became more 'senior' and with moves from place to place. Thanks!

Question from Jessica - More info on Boleyn and Howard families

I am very interested in the life of Anne Boleyn and as one of the sections of my work i am looking at her relationships with her family. However, I am struggling to get some of the events in Mary Boleyn's life into chronolgical order as different sources tend to present them in different orders.

I would very much like to know where to look for information on George and Mary Boleyn, as well the the Howard family generally.

But on a more immediate note would like to know the dates of Mary's relationship with the king and her marriage to Will Carey to get the relationship in better perpective.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Question from Louise - Children of Elizabeth I ?

For my second year at a level history i am ivestigating the possibility that elizabeth 1st did actually have children. would be grateful if anyone had any info or know where i could find some thanks

Friday, June 30, 2006

Question from Robyn - Graduate schools for Tudor studies

Hi, I just found this site. I am interested in pursuing a Master's Degree in Tudor studies. I live in the U.S. and I would love to study in England. I was wondering in anyone could offer some insight as to which schools are the best for this field of study. I would appreciate any information that could be provided. Thank You.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Question from Veralidaine - Where the Wives are Buried

I am doing some research on the six wives of Henry VIII for a history project at school (I am a 9th grader). Do you know if any of the six wives' tombs are as of yet unknown to the world? Or are all six tombs' locations known? I would greatly appreciate any help on the matter.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Question from Jessica - German forces at the Battle of Stoke


I am doing some reenctment here in Germany together with my friend. We
are now planning to establish a second role and are therefore very
interested in the German contingent at the battle of Stoke.
Unfortunately, the War of Roses does not seem to be of that interest
here in Germany , so we can only find superficial information about that

I'd really apreciate if you could give us some information about Martin
Schwarz (often written as Swartz) and his German mercenaries or hints
where I should address to or good book recommendations.

kind regards


Friday, June 09, 2006

Question from Michael - Info on Sir Anthony Knyvett

The responsibility for the building of Southsea Castle was initially given to Sir Anthony Knyvett. I have looked in vane for information on his background and his family. Does anyone know where information about him and his family may be found?

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Question from Jill - Execution of Robert Aske

There is little about Robert Aske (leader of the Pilgrimage of Grace) on the internet and every source states something different about his death. He was either hung from Norfolk Castle in chains, hung in York or burned at the stake.
Can anybody tell me which it was? It would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Question from Kirsten - Male and female adultery, etc.

I want to know why men could cheat on the woman but when a woman cheats on a man she usaly dies Aso I want to know who james 1 of england had any kids it does not say on the web site and I'm doing an report for myself and I need more info please get back to me as soon as posible
Thank you

ps my name is kirsten I'm 14 years old and in the 8th grade

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Question from Jill - Lists of locations of courts

Does anyone know a book or website that lists the location of Henry's court (as well as the courts of his wives and children) during their lives? I know they usually moved the court twice a year but would like to know specific dates and places.

Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks!

Friday, May 12, 2006

Question from Micaela - Elizabeth I and Katherine Howard

i'm wondering if Elizabeth I knew that she was related to Katherine Howard, seeing as her mother Anne Boylen and Katherine Howard were first cousins so what that make Elizabeth I and Katherine Howard? Also some resources spell the names of all the Katherines as Catherine not Katherine,so I'm wondering which is the correct spelling? I'm a fifteen year old girl and am a history buff, I especially like learning about the Tudors and Stuart familes as those families represent my mother's family's native countries (I'm Canadian). I'm not doing a project for school -I'm in grade 8- but one of the sections of my Social Studies course has a lesson on the Tudors, so this might help a little with school if ever I decide to do a project on the Tudors!

Question from Tracey - Portrait of Mary Queen of Scots

I am looking for information regarding a specific portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots. This portrait shows Mary herself on one side, but then when the portrait is 'shifted', a skull emerges...I believe over her face.

Where is this located? Who painted it? Is it ever on display?


Friday, April 28, 2006

Question from Liz - Original letters

How does one find out where to see surviving letters, etc of Anne & Henry?

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Question from Patricia - Elizabeth I and Dudley's Death

I was wondering where Elizabeth was during Robert Dudley's death... I can not find anything off hand that states where she was during his death. I am curious also of her reaction to his death. I did read "Robert's Last Letter" but I am interested in more...

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Question from Amanda - Primary sources for Tudor women's education

Hi, I am doing a big internal on the effects of women in Tudor England(from the reformation, the limits of their education and the changes in marriage and freedom of lack of choice in marriage between the classes) and I am having a alot of trouble finding any diary entries of women or pictures of girls learning as I need more primary evidence to support my questions. Any help would be really appreciated. Thanks :)

I am doing NCEA Level 3 (New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement). I'm not sure about my 'grade' but I am in year 13 or Form 7.

Question from Cindy - Hanging, smoking pots in Elizabeth I on HBO

Just completed watching the second part of the HBO mini-series and I have a question about the hanging pots that looked like they were smoking. I saw them in a few scenes, mostly when they were walking through the hallways. Were they for incense? I didn't know if this was something made up or if it has a historical base. Thank you.

Question from Joshua - Countries and the Tudors

hi,in school im learning about the tudors and where they came from,i have 3 questions to ask;
what countries did the tudors know about in 1489?
countries that the tudors had discovered by 1527?
countries that the tudors did not know about?

thank you for your help

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Question from Tamara - Changes in medicine

Hi i am doing a reaserch assignment at school in year 13(last year of high school) i have to show the change in medicine between 1558-1667 e.g.doctors,drugs and care during the tudor stuart period. Any sugestions would help greatly.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Question from Shannon - Another illegit. son of Henry VIII

I have come across information that an Agnes Bewitt Beupine married to William Edwardes had an illegitimate son,Richard, for Henry VIII and that is how the family recieved Edwards Hall in Wales. Henry never claimed him, as Agnes was already married. Does anyone know about this?

Friday, April 14, 2006

Question from Sophia - Daily life of royals

What was the daily life life of royals (monarchs) like during the renaissance between the years 1560 and 1630

age: 14
grade: 9

for: english essay, we're going to read romeo and juliet

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Just a reminder...

The instructions for submitting a question are in the upper left hand corner of the blog, just under the Tudor Rose. It will take you to a page with instructions and a link to the submission form.

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Question from Sue - Henry's wives and live births

Editor's note: if you reply by email, please post your reply in the comments section too, so others can read it

I'm a professor of communication, and have recently finished The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. In reading that book, I was struck by how difficult it was for all of Henry VIII's wives --not just his first-- to give birth to live children. Katherine of Spain, for example, was pregnant a total of 10 times but only one child survived, her daughter Mary. Why was this?

Please reply to

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Question from Cat - Children in Tudor and Stuart England

Hey just doing the whole school project thing and just wondering if you could give me a brief baclround to my questions or if you had any really good sites that would help me find some stuff that would answer my focussing questions-
1- To what extent did social class and sex effect the work or play of Children during 1557-1668?
2- In what ways did the high death rate of minors effect the English Economy?
3- To what extent were the expectations of parents towards their children fulfilled during the time period 1557-1668?

Question from Lara (a different one!) - Lettice Knollys & Elizabeth in Tower

Does anybody know if Lettice Knollys was one of Elizabeth's ladies during her imprisonment in the Tower of London? I had always been under the impression that she and her family had fled to Germany during Mary I's reign, but the BBC drama "The Virgin Queen" and several historians claim that she had stayed in England with Elizabeth. So I was simply wondering if anybody really knows for sure or if its all conjecture. Is there any contemporary evidence to support either claim?

Friday, April 07, 2006

Catching up...

Hello all,

I just wanted to apologize to the folks that submitted questions over the past week or so that I haven't gotten around to posting yet. I had to go out of town for a funeral and I only briefly logged on once to see if any important work emails had come. So, I'm still in the process of sorting and answering emails. I'll get the Q&A messages up soon!

Friday, March 31, 2006

Question from Sara - Henry Fitzroy's appearance

Do you know what Henry Fitzroy looked like? I especially would like to know hair color, but anything is good. Thanks!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Question from Sue - Mary Boleyn

Where is Mary Boleyn buried?

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Question from Star - Elizabeth I and Amy Dudley

Did Queen Elizabeth know Amy Dudley? In the movie Elizabeth (1998) she didn't know Amy and had no idea that Robert Dudley was even married. But in Phillipa Gregory's book "The Virgin's Lover", Elizabeth knew Amy and even danced at thier wedding. I know that Gregory writes historical fiction, but I was wondering if there was any proof that Elizabeth knew Amy Dudley.


Sunday, March 12, 2006

Question from Emily - Elizabeth of York = Queen of Hearts?

Hello! A very strange question.... I am getting a tattoo of the Queen of Hearts flower that she holds in her hand, and while researching the symbols of playing cards, I learned that the Queen of Hearts was believed by some to be Elizabeth of York. Is there any proof of this? If so, I would assume the flower is the Tudor flower in the crest, which does bear a resembalance to the flower on the card... Just thought I'd ask!

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Question from Laura - Katherine Parr sources

Editor's note: If you email a response, please also post it in the blog comments so other readers can see your answer.

Hello! I am a graduate student working on my masters degree in history, I am hoping to start working on my thesis this fall and which I am hope will be on Kathrine Parr and her religious writings. Right now I am doing research just to see what sorts of information are out there and I was praying someone out there may by able to help me in finding books, articles, or even a website devoted Kathrine Parr. I have a very extensive library on Tudor England but I am always looking for more. If anyone can help me please or has any suggestions for me please email me.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Question from Melissa - Medical reasons for the Wives child-bearing history

Where might I find information that might explain why Henry, with six wives, only fathered 3 children and why his wives suffered more than the usual number of miscarriages? Is there a modern take on a known medical condition that is something treatable today (RH factor, etc.) I know there is the "syphllis" theory, but I believe it has been addressed and dismissed.

Question from Jen - Henry VIII and his Wives

My name is jen, and im doing a project of on Henry Tudor VIII and his wives. Mostly on his relationship with each. The information specifically is how and when they met, intimacy, and why they divorced.
Grade 9, 15

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Question from Lucy - Tudor Past Times

I am a ten year old girl doing a Tudor Project at school. The title I have chosen is Tudor Past Times for Rich & Poor. Please can you reccomend some good materials/ websites or short books. I live in London so I want to see some things - games in museums if I can I need to finish my project by the end of March Thanks for your help

Monday, March 06, 2006

Question from Hannah - Tudor school lunches?

What did the children eat at school in the tudor times?
Please can you find out for me!!!

[This post has been getting a bunch of spam comments lately, so I'm closing it. If you wish to legitimately comment, please contact me. - Lara]

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Question from Charmaine - Leisure and Pleasure

I am doing a presentation on leisure and pleasure in the tudor age. In particular, fashion, dining and sex. I was suprised to find that it has been almost impossible to get information on these topics! Can you give me a starting point, a book or website to get me going?

Question from Sheila - The Tudor name

Why are the Tudor monarchs called the Tudors?

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Question from Magda - Tudor houses in Chester

I'am a french student:Ihave to do an essay about the Tudor's house which is in Chester.Could you tell me when was this house built and how long did Family tudor live in it.
Thank you very much for your help.
Magda.15 years

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Question from Silvia - The poisoned dress

What do you know about the incident between Robert Dudley and one of Elizabeth's ladies? Is it true that she was wearing a poisoned dress that was the Queen's and she died?

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Question from Chris - looking for examples for illustrations

I am a childrens artist looking for tudor period images to add to a collage I am helping a local school (in the UK) to make.

I am looking for examples of boar hunts and any feats/ mealtime images involving a roasted animal on a spit.

Any help would be great as all the children involved have asked me to include this animal and I would like to reproduce an image in line with depiction o fthe period.

Can anyone help?

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Question from Jasmine - Mary and Anne Boleyn's relationship

I'm trying to find out as much as I can about the type of relationship between Mary and Anne Boleyn. Before Mary ran off what kind of relationship did Mary and Anne have? Did they fight, were they close, best friends...any details would be helpful.

Question from Kylie - Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and Witchcraft

I am 12 in 7th grade and doing a report on Henry VIII.
My question is:
Did Henry VIII beleive that Anne Bolyn had "be-witched" him since everyone else seemed to believe she had been a witch?

Monday, February 06, 2006

Question from Kiran - Entertainment in Tudor times

My name is Kiran, i'm 9 yrs old (Ks2) and this question is for a history project. I've looked at books and other sites and am finding this hard to answer

"What do you think were the most important changes in entertainment in tudor times and how did they affect the lives of ordinary people?"

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Queen from Anna - Nationalism in Elizabeth's reign

How does Queen Elizabeth demonstrate nationalism during the renaissance?

Question from Stephanie on Elizabeth I

I love Elizabeth I and how she is an icon to us today and to look back onto the past at How they lived back then. Elizabeth I is a role model to me and to other Tudor fans out there I am sure she is to. I also love the other tudor rulers of that time period. Do you believe Elizabth I became pregnant during her teenage years or during her sister regime or her own regime?

Sunday, January 29, 2006

Question from Jerry - Children in Tudor Times

What did children do in tudor times, i.e. work and play?

Note: submission edited for clarity

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Question from Sarah - Clothing of a priest at execution

I am costume manager for a local amateur drama group...what would a priest wear at an execution? the period is towards the end of Henry v111 the character the only pictures I can find are of arch bishops/high ranking types

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Question from Ash - Decorative colors

I have searched the web to find out what was a popular colour for royal decoration in the time of Henry VIII. If anyone could help I'll be very grateful.

Question from Elizabeth - Renaissance Queens

Editor's note: This question is usually a bit more broad that I would typically post, but if the commentors could recommend resources for Elizabeth to investigate, that would be great.

i am doing a history project on queens of the renaissance. can you please help me by telling me names of different queens, about them, what the importance of the queen was in the renaissance, and especialy what everyday life is like for a queen.

my school project is that we will soon be setting up a whole renaissance fair, and everyone in the grade gets a role (like a surf, peasent. noble, king, queen, and many other things) i am going to be the queen so i need to know what to look like, how to act, what to do.. all the details.

i am in 7th grade and i am 12 years old

Monday, January 16, 2006

Question from Sara - Kat Ashley's appearance

What exactly did Kat Ashley look like? Like, what color hair did she have, how tall was she, and things like that. I know that portraits aren't always exactly truthful, they exaggerate to portray a person a certain way, and I can only find one portrait of her. I would really appreciate it if you could help me!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Question from Jennifer - Henry VIII's bastard son

I read that King Henry VIII, had a bastard son with one of his mistresses. Did this son live & what was his name & was the mistrss Anne Boleyn's elder sister? I know Anne's elder sister was one of the King's mistresses before he married her, but am not sure if it was her to whom, the son was born to? Thank you for your help,

Sincerely, Jennfier Reinert

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Question from Caitlin - Tudor places to visit

I am a HUGE fan of Tudor history (which I know is bizarre seeing as I live in Australia) - however - I am heading over to the UK (London) in around August next year as part of my GAP year and I was wondering if you had any recommended places to go and see, as most of the Tudor period buildings and places of interest are not open to the public or are not particularly relevant. I am particularly interested in Elizabeth I. If you had any suggestions I would be most grateful - I intend on going for two months so I'll have plenty of time.

Updated post titles

If you've been here before, you've probably noticed that I've updated the post titles to include a little bit more about the subject, and not just the name of the person who submitted them. Hopefully this will be a bit more helpful.

Monday, January 02, 2006

Question from Jess - James' ascension to the throne

When Elizabeth died, did she decide to have James on the throne or did he just automatically assume it. I don't think she favored the Stuarts that much so it's kind of surprising that she would name one to the throne, although he was of her relation...