Sunday, February 27, 2011

Question from Sandra - Cromwell and the Lincolnshire rebellion

I am doing some personal research on the Lincolnshire rebellion and I am having a tough time with a passage that I found. It was written on Oct 5th 1536 from Ankastyr from some of the gentlemen to Cromwell. 'Their petition is for pardon and that they may keep holydays, &c as before, that suppressed religious houses may stand and that they be no more taxed; they would also fain have you.' What I am perplexed by is the last part. 'They would also fain have you.' The rebels did NOT want Cromwell around the King. They stated it directly, so why did Sir M. Constable and Robert Tyrwhyt write otherwise? Any help with this would be great, Thanks!


Question from Lauren - Katherine Parr and plot to put Jane Grey on the throne

Were Katherine Parr or any of her friends implicated in the plot to put Jane Grey on the throne? As she had been Jane's guardian, and she was openly Protestant, it seems she'd have had clear motive to do so, and seems unlikely that she'd have known nothing of it.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Question from Lauren - Catherine Howard and Traitor's Gate

Is it true that Catherine Howard was taken through Traitor's Gate, as the Beefeaters told me?

Also, where is she said to haunt?

Question from Susan Higginbotham - Black Parliament

In his deposition given as part of the investigation of Thomas Seymour, Lord Clinton quotes him as saying, 'I have heard speaking of a Black Parliament; an they use me as they do begin, by G—d's precious soul I will make the blackest Parliament that ever was in England!'

I get the point of Seymour's threat in the latter part of this quote, but what was a 'black Parliament' in the first place?

Question from Guy - King of Poland and England

When did the King of Poland visit England? Did he propose to Mary I? And where there many ties between Poland and Tudor England?

Question from Guy - Public notice of Henry VIII's weddings

I know that Henry VIII's weddings to Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves were well-known, and his to Anne BOleyn secret. But did the populace know in advance that he was planning to marry Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr, or was it just announced after the event? Did all at court know about it?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Question from Sarah - Hugh Latimer giving a Bible to Henry VIII

I read that Bishop Hugh Latimer gave Henry VIII a Bible with a marker on the passage: "Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge."

Is this true? And if so, how did Henry respond? And why would Latimer have said this - presumably Henry VIII was then happily married to Jane Seymour?

Question from Sarah - Self control in Tudor times

I've read that in Tudor times, people exercised less self-control in many ways. Do you think this is true and if so in which ways?

Question from Ella - First queen convicted of adultery

Was Anne Boleyn the first Queen of England to be convicted of adultery?

[A sort-of related thread linked below. - Lara]

Question from Guy - Burning for heresy

Why were people burned for heresy and witchcraft but not for other crimes?

Are there accurate statistics on how many people suffered the death penalty in each reign?

[Some related threads linked below. - Lara]

Question from Abbs - William Brandon and Henry VII

What did William Brandon do to be given the honour of being Henry VII's standard-bearer (assuming Wikipedia is correct and it was an honour)? Were they close?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Question from Abbs - Tudor horseriding injuries

You hear about horseriders injuring themselves badly all the time. Were any Tudor courtiers paralysed or killed by horseriding?

Question from Len - Old and young age limits for childbirth

How old was considered old for a woman to be having a baby? And was there a minimum age, beneath which people were concerned?

Question from Len - Judging a woman's fertility

Did the Tudors think you could tell if a woman was able to bear children? For instance, was there an age or appearance that they thought meant you were more likely to bear children well and be fertile?

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Question from Lauren - Great Master of the Household

What was the position of 'Great Master of the Household'?

I see that Wikipedia has an article on 'Master of the Household', which I assume is the same thing, but this is just from 1660 onwards. Who were Henry VIII's great masters of the household and how important a position was it?

Question from Lauren - Nicholas Carew

I am interested in Nicholas Carew.

I read that he was very similar to the King and people even suggested that he might be the King's illegitimate brother. Was there anything to support this?

Also, Wikipedia says he fell out with Henry VIII after responding angrily to the King insulting him. Do we know the full story?

Also do you think he was guilty of treason?

Question from Lauren - Anne of Cleves' English ladies-in-waiting

Who were Anne of Cleves' English ladies-in-waiting and could any of them speak German?

Question from ClassicalSteve - "Thankful Remembrance of Gods Mercie"

I have a copy of the 1630 edition of "Thankful Remembrance of Gods Mercie" with the many illustrations. Does anyone know how rare this is or if there were previous or subsequent editions? I have never seen another copy for sale. If anyone would like any pics from this book, feel free to let me know.
Steve W. aka classicalsteve

Question from Greg - Marking time in Henry VIII's reign

Hi I am doing some research on Tudor London specifically during the time of Henry VIII. I have found out that there was a large clock at St Pauls that rang out the hours. However I haven't found any reference to other public time devices. Also in the public usage were the daily times still refered to as Terce Sext None Vespers and Compline as in the monastic fashion or had they moved to 9 o'clock 10'clock and so on?

[Updated to add - there was a little discussion of the "o'clock" usages in this previous thread. - Lara]

Lots of questions coming in

For the past few days I've had a large influx of questions which I'm pretty sure are mostly coming from the same person since they are all coming from the same IP address (which is automatically appended to the email I get when the form is submitted), even though they've been submitted under several different names and with no email address. In order to keep from flooding the blog all at once with them, I'm going to space the posts out over the next few days. So if you've submitted some questions in the past couple of days it may not be posted right away. I'm going to try to pre-schedule some to post about every 8 hours or so.

And to the person who has been submitting a lot of the questions, it's okay to do it all under one name! There is no "rule" about how many questions you can submit, but I just might not post them all at once.

Thanks for your patience and understanding,

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Question from Eliza - Henry VIII searching for fourth wife after Jane's death

I have read that Henry VIII started searching for a fourth wife the day after Jane Seymour's death. Is this true? If not, how long did he wait?

I also read that Henry let Jane bleed to death because he had a fourth wife in mind. Could this be true?

Monday, February 21, 2011

Question from RW - Eresby Place

I have been reading about Eresby Place in Tudor times. Is this the same as Eresby Hall or Eresby Manor? Anyone know where I can find out more?

Question from RW - Robert Bauding and the Lincolnshire Uprising

Hello, I am from Lincolnshire and interested in local history. At the moment, I'm researching the Lincolnshire Uprising. I want to find out more information on one of the leaders, Robert Bauding. I read that he was the cook of a prominent gentleman, and wondered who it was and if he was implicated in the uprising?

I appreciate any responses.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Question from Debbie - Marriage and children of Stephen Gardiner


I am doing some family history research and came across something I find very puzzling.

Stephen Gardiner is a Catholic Bishop (right?) and I have been reading - mostly on blogs - that he was married to a Margaret Grey and had children (George).

I believe it must be another Stephen Gardiner, not the Bishop (although the DOBs look the same).

Could that be true?

Thank you very much.


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Question from Ann B. - Origin of the nickname "Bloody Mary"

When and by whom was the nickname "Bloody Mary" coined? I am writing a 20 page research paper on Mary I and i was wanting to find a origin, if possiable. Thanks!

Question from Drew - Officers of the Tudor miliary

Hello, I have a question regarding the Tudor military, specifically the officers, that I was wondering if anyone could help me with?

I am completing an assignment on the progression of the military ordinances of the English army, mainly focusing on the Hundred Years War period. However, for purposes of charting their progression over a longer period and having something to compare, I am extending the analysis to briefly consider the early Tudors; more specifically up to Henry VIII's campaign to France in 1513. I am much more familiar with the military of the medieval period and have been learning about the Tudor developments on the job as it were, and the one thing that is frustrating me is the use of the term "petty-captain".

Almost every book or article I have read mentions them somewhere, usually referencing a muster roll or some other archival source, yet nowhere have I seen anyone actually explicitly state what one was. Why were some officers "petty" captains, as opposed to normal captains? Was it due to the size of their company, their experience, their status/nobility? Did a company have a captain and then also an under-officer, similar to a vintenar or some equivalent, who was called the petty-captain?

No books I have looked at so far have clarified the matter, nor has many hours scouring J-stor, ProjectMUSE or google. Any advice anyone could provide to clarify this matter in any way whatsoever would be greatly appreciated, whether its an answer or just a suggestion for another book/article to try. This is for university work, so please don't hesitate to refer me to academic journals, monologues or theses etc.

Thank you in advance for your time and any suggestions you may be able to offer.
All the best, Drew.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Question from KB - Source material for the De La Warre family

I am starting a research project on the De La Warre family and would appreciate any tips for source material.

I am starting with Thomas West, 2nd Baron De La Warre and his wife Anne Knollys. I have the genealogy of Anne sorted. Her role as a lady of Elizabeth's court is well confirmed although details of her activities are thin.

I have the names of 12 of their children. I know that at least three of them were part of the English encounter with the New World with 3 of the brothers serving as colonial governors.

These are the same De La Warres that lent their name to the state of Delaware.

Does anyone know if the parish records for Wherwell Hants. are online?

Any ideas welcomed. Thank you.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Question from Guy - Primary sources, particularly on Henry VIII's finances

How good are the range of primary sources onlnie and can anyone recommend a site? I am most interested in the finances of Henry VIII's reign

Question from Guy - Magazine and journal recommendations

Can anyone recommend a good history magazine/journal for those interested in the Tudors?

Question from Guy - Mary Seymour and crown wardship

I am interested to know why Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, wasn't made a ward of the crown, as aristocratic orphans usually were?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Question from Merlin - A Katherine Howard "what if"

Another question re Katherine Howard- or more of a "what if?" really.

I've sometimes wondered- if Katherine hadn't had something going with Thomas Culpepper, and Francis Dereham had stayed in Ireland rather than returning to England and cashing in on Katherine's good fortune, what would Henry have done when the news of her earlier romance with Dereham broke? Would he have proceeded as he did (perhaps on a charge of presumptive treason for failing to disclose her lack of virginity and possible pre-contract)? Would he have had the marriage anulled on the basis of the probable pre-contract and banished Katherine from court? Or would he have forgiven her and instructed Cramner to issue some sort of "after the fact" anullment of the pre-contract with Dereham? I'd be interested to know what you think.

Question from Anonymous - Mary Tudor Brandon recognizing Anne Boleyn as Queen

Did Princess Mary Tudor, former queen of France, ever recognise Anne Boleyn as queen?

Did Mary have a long illness before death?

[Previous threads for the second question linked below - Lara]

Question from Anonymous - Historically accurate computer games

Does anyone know any historically accurate computer games, ones that teach you about the Tudors as you're playing them?

Question from Katie R. - Unfulfilled gifts clause in Henry VIII's will

Hi everyone! I am wondering whether the full details of the "unfulfilled gifts clause" in Henry VIII's will is available online. I have found any number of summaries of it, but I would like, if possible, to see the actual words.

Thanks so much