Thursday, June 22, 2017

Question from Tanya - Excommunication of Henry VIII

I was curious about the excommunication that the Pope carried out against Henry VIII. It is said that when a Prince is excommunicated from the Holy Church, his reign is made invalid. Is this true? & If so, was there anyone that attempted to userp the throne from Henry VIII? Thank you in Advance!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Question from Ally - Age to be a godparent

Mary I is recorded as having been made godmother to her cousin Frances Brandon; however, Mary was one year old when her cousin was baptized. Was there no requirement at the time that a godparent be at least 16, or was an exception made because of Mary's royal heritage?

Monday, June 19, 2017

Question from Tanya - Henry regretting outcomes of marriages

I have become seriously interested in King Henry VIII and his relationships with his wives in the last year or so being confined to bedrest whilst I was pregnant. I have done quite a bit of research and haven't came across this question yet in anything I've read or listened to.

Were there any wives that Henry VIII regretted the outcome?

Also, did Lady Jane Rochford's confession on her execution day about her previous remarks upon the accusations of the incestuous relations between George and Anne ever get back to Henry and did it change Henry's thoughts towards his past relationships with his wives?

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Question from Arthur - Wealth of an early Tudor Baron or Earl

Hi, I am writing a novel set around 1495 to 1500.

If anyone can tell me what the most likely wealth for a baron or earl would be in this period.

I realise its variable and would depend on things like how many estates were owned and what they produced and offices held personally.

I am working the idea that they would have maybe 20-30 manors in various places and maybe a castle or two. Is this too many or two few for those kind of ranks?

I don't want my family to be exceptionally wealthy, like just have enough income to maintain themselves as people of their status should, but not be like super rich...

Is there any resources anywhere that show the income for one manor estate for a year for example which I could probably multiply 20-30 times to get a round about figure. The actual amount wont really known but I just want to a rough idea to be able to make comparisons.