Friday, November 30, 2007

Question from James - Security for the King and court

In the court of a Tudor monarch, who would provide the protection or security for the king or other courtiers.Where they just Guards?

James Duffy

aged 9

4th grade

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Question from Monica -Online versions of "Letters and Papers", etc.

I love looking at the original sources for Henry VIII's reign, but hate having to go to the library each time. Is there a digital version of these, volumes such as Letters and Papers of the Reign of Henry VIII? I'd love to have these on disc so I could just read through, or find them on the internet. Or is there anywhere you can buy the set, affordably?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Question from Monica - Dispensation for Henry's marriage to Jane Seymour

On the day of Anne Boleyn's execution, Henry VIII obtained a dispensation for him to marry Jane Seymour, although in the third degree of affinity. To my understanding, he meant her second cousin.

Now Jane and Henry were only fifth cousins, so I assume he had an affair with her second cousin. I can't find out who this might mean! I know she was related to the Bryans, so thought it might mean Elizabeth Carew (nee Bryan), the wife of Nicholas Carew and the sister of Francis Bryan. But I can find no mention of how closely related they were.

Any ideas?

Question from Monica - Women Henry VIII was attracted to after Kathryn Howard

After Katherine Howard's arrest, it was rumoured that Henry was attracted to three women: Elizabeth Brooke, the ex-wife of Thomas Wyatt; Lord Lisle's stepdaughter [probably Anne Basset] and
'the daughter of Madame Albart, the niece of the Grand Esquire, Master Anthony Browne'
(Chapuys to Charles V; CSP, Spanish, 1538-42, no. 230).
Anyone know who this refers to? And is he saying that the woman is the niece or the daughter of the niece of Anthony Browne? I know that Anthony Browne came from a large family, especially as the Fitzwilliams were his half-siblings. Chapuys often write names wrongly, but I don't know who Madame Albart might mean. Please help!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Question from Louisa - Spurs on cushions from "The Tudors"

In the episode of The Tudors shown on Friday 16th November, something caught my eye which made me feel very ignorant!
At the service of rememberence/thanksgiving/funeral of William Compton, (not sure exactly what it was!), all the women who had lost their menfolk were in church and had their husbands spurs on a cushion next to them. Was this common practice or something put in by the 'imaginative' writers of the series!
Hope you can help!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would like to wish all my fellow Americans a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you had a chance to spend it with family and friends. I would also like to give thanks to all of you who read the site and help answer questions!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Question from Anna C. - What would the Tudors think of our portrayals of them?

I just have kind of a fun question to ask-opinion wise-do you think Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn would be pleased with any of their portrayals in books and movies? For example, do you think they'd be historically flattered or horrified at the way they are being shown in "The Other Boleyn Girl"?

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Question from Josh - Tudor Monarch and Parliament

Which phrase do you think best describes the Tudor Monarchs relations with Parliament?

a. angry and tense

b. respectful and cooperative

c. royal and absolutist

d. confused and unprodctive


Question from Sam - Population and the Mid-Tudor crisis

How important a factor was population increase in contributing to the economic crisis of the mid tudor period, and what effect did it have on England?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Question from Maynard - Vegetarianism and Veganism in Tudor England?

How would I (or any student or graduate researcher) explore vegetarianism and veganism (?) in Tudor England?

Many issues could be explored:
agricultural challenges and prosperity, the rise of meat eating, ethical and extra-ethical challenges to prevailing food mores, philosophy, actual practice, theatrical notes on vegetarians and vegetarian practices and values and beliefs, ritual notes on the topic, religion and vegetarian practices, etc.

I'm hoping to find an ongoing discussion of this topic, not a cut and dried answer.

Several sources could be Bloodless Revolution and Colin Spencer's books.

I don't know that Professor Rynn Berry, a vegetarian historian and literary specialist at the New School in Brooklyn (I think in comparative literature), has written on this topic; his interests seem to have shifted towards comparing modern vegetarians with ancient vegetarian practices in the 'classical periods' of Greece and Rome.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Question from Alex - Tudor juggling

Homework is to find history on Tudor juggling balls supported with a picture.

Friday, November 09, 2007


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Elizabeth's birth hour

To the person who sent several emails about this... I tried to respond directly to you, but the email bounced.

Hall's Chronicle says that Elizabeth was born between three and four in the afternoon. That's as close to an exact time as I could find.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Question from Elysia - Crime and Punishment

I am in year 4 and we have been asked to do a project on the tudors
I need more information as to Crime and punishment

Any Ideas

Thanks Elysia

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Question from Cat - Lower-class Tudor surnames

Hi, I'm a year 4 teacher and we are about to start our history topic about famous Tudors and Tudor life. I want to give my children a Tudor name and job and base some role play/drama around this and was wondering if anyone can give me any good surnames that were common during this time?? I'm going to do a mixture of upper and lower class - I've got some famous Tudor names for the upper class characters, but am a bit stuck with names for the lower classes! I need about 8 names.
Thanks f