Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Question from Sarah - John Foxe and the Book of Martyrs

Did John Foxe write the Book of Martyrs by himself, or was he more of a compiler and editor?

Question from Sarah - Bishop William Barlow in the 1550s

Does anyone know of any research into Bishop William Barlow's time in Poland or Lithuania during the 1550s? All I can find is from Brett's Narratives, confirming that he was there with the Duchess of Suffolk, but nothing about what he did there.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Question from Heather R. - Swaddling and limb binding

I am writing an college essay on the practices of swaddling or limb binding to prevent physical deformities during the Tudor Era. Can anyone help me locate any other sources besides Wikipedia? Thank you.

Question from Sarah - Self-description of mid-Tudor Protestants

During the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I, what did English Protestants describe themselves as? Were the terms "Protestant" or "Anglican" in existence? I'm thinking mainly of people like Hugh Latimer.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Question from Rene - Byzantine cultural transfer

We know about the scientific and cultural transfers between Islam and mediaeval Christianity, especially in the days of the Crusader states. Was there any significant scientific and/or cultural transfer from Byzantium into Catholic Europe in the 13th and 14th centuries too, or did the Papacy discourage study of the ways of the Greek "apostates" too?

The reason why I ask is that far too often the links between Western Catholicism and Islam are frequently touched upon by mainstream Western media (read: Hollywood) but hardly anything is mentioned about the Byzantines who would've been more advanced and prosperous ....

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Question from Annette - Edward Seymour and Catherine Fillol's chidren

Question about edward seymours 1st marriage and children.

Research for my novel, his marriage to catherine fillol was annulled and she was sent to live in a convent, their subsequent children two boys named John and Edward were declared bastards..what happened after their mother was sent away..where did they live, who took care of them, surely not either Seymour or fillol families as it was a scandal at the time.

Can anyone tell me what happened to these boys.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Question from Julian - Early Tudor era maps and plans

Maps and or Sketches of Henry VII's City of London; - of the Palaces of White Hall, - and that of Westminster; - and/or a ground plan of the Abbey of Bermondsey [demolished immediately following the Dissolution]?

The earliest map [of White Hall Palace] I have been able to find after many hours of searching the internet dates from the 17th C. I haven't been able to find anything that shows early Tudor London, or the Tudor Palace of Westminster and the Abbey Pale as it then existed at all.

I'm researching the life of a senior King's Officer to write his Biography; and these are all Locations where the Official Archives place the man at various time during his 24yr. Service to king Henry VII,[houses assigned as his Official Quarters, Security Duties or Custodial Duties officially assigned to him], and relevant mentions in the "Rolls Series" transcriptions.

If anyone on this List knows of any "public domain" Maps and ground plans closer to the 1485-1509 Period than the 17th C. that have been digitised online , - I'd be very grateful for the URLs.

Question from Larry - Henry VIII doctor named Salmon

I watched a youtube video called "Inside the body of Henry Vlll". There was a photo of physicians who attended the king. One was labeled X.Salmon. I was curious if there was a doctor named Salmon who looked after him?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Question from Annabeth - Lucy Negro and Shakespeare's "Dark Lady"

Hello everyone! I was reading an article about The Dark Lady of the sonnets and I want to know something more about Lucy Negro who was mentioned as possible Dark Lady.Thank you on your answers.

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Question from Rita - Illegitimate son of Charles Brandon

I am researching my family history on my maiden name, Brandon. I have come to a standstill regarding Thomas Brandon, presumably born in 1550 and his presumed father, Sir Charles Brandon,the illegitimate son of Charles, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Is Sir Charles Brandon the illegitimate son of the 1st Duke? If so, did he have a son Thomas? In either case, I would like some information to continue my family tree. It intrigues me I could be a possible descendent of the Tudor family. Thank you so much for any information or resources which would be be beneficial.

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Question from Alex - Mary Tudor and Henry Fitzroy

I recently read that Henry VIII, at one point, thought about possibility of Mary marrying her half-brother, Henry Fitzroy. How serious that intent was, and why it failed in the end?

[Some coverage of this question is in the comments to the previous post linked below. - Lara]