Thursday, December 27, 2018

Question from Kevin - Miscarriages of Elizabeth of York

Hello, I was hoping you could help me. I'm an amateur historian and read somewhere once that Elizabeth of York suffered (at least) two miscarriages, one between Arthur and Margaret and another in the 1490s. Do you or your readers perhaps know when this was? I've can't remember WHERE I saw it and it's driving me crazy. God bless

Friday, December 21, 2018

Question from Jacky - Windsor badge and motto

In the first edition of 1751 of LEncyclopdie (Volume 17, pp. 623-626), Louis de Jaucourt, at the entry "Windsor", writes: Voluptueux, fougueux, capricieux, cruel, & sur-tout opinitre dans ses desirs, il ne laisse pas que davoir sa place entre les rois clebres, & par la rvolution quil fit dans les esprits de ses peuples, & par la balance que lAngleterre apprit sous lui tenir entre les souverains. Il prit pour devise un guerrier tendant son arc, avec ces mots, qui je dfends est matre, devise que sa nation a rendu quelquefois vritable, sur-tout depuis son regne. Voluptuous, fiery, capricious, cruel, and above all obstinate in his desires, he desires his place among the celebrated kings, and by the revolution which he made in the minds of his people, and by the scale which England learned under him to hold between the sovereigns. He took for motto a warrior tending his bow, with these words : "which I defend is master," a motto which his nation has sometimes rendered true, especially since his reign. I can find no reference to this badge and this motto in the English texts that I consult. Who can help me ? Thanks in advance.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Question from Paul - Richard Rich

Richard Rich - information pertaining to 1st Baron Rich, amongst other things, Chancellor of the Court of Augmentations. I'm working on an MA in Tudor History. I'm exploring the role and influence of Richard Rich (one of the great villains of English history). I'm especially interested in the extent to which he directed the dissolution of religious houses (rather than simply following orders from others, e.g. Cromwell); the extent to which he worked with Thomas Audley and the nature of the relationship he had with the same; the possibility that he was defrauding the monarch and Exchequer at various times; the truth to the statement made in various online sources that, in contrast to his apparent Reforming agenda and actions, he was a 'lifelong Catholic' .... Biographical info is interesting and helpful, but more so are any ideas about original sources. Thank you.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Question from Ashley - Favorite Tudor authors and books

Hello fellow Tudor fans! Its been a long, long time since I stopped by but I wanted to take a brief moment and thank all of the regular/longtime contributors. I love coming back to read questions and answers, even if I don't have anything to add to the conversation lately. I have fallen out of the Tudor loop (I wandered off into American history for my M.A., if you're curious) but I was hoping to circle back around to my first historical love. Given how popular the era is with scholars and amateur historians/journalists, would anyone care to share their favorite authors and/or non-fiction books? For instance, Im currently re-reading David Starkey's Six Wives and I have Eric Ives biography of Anne Boleyn en route to me (my copy was unfortunately destroyed). I also have some Alison Weir books, but is she still kept at arms length from the serious scholars? I also have a book or two from Elizabeth Norton, but she also seems to be controversial in the scholarly world - she has the degree/training but some people really don't like her. Like I said, I'm just finding my footing again in Early Modern England and I don't want to waste my time, as it were, on authors who aren't taken seriously or who don't add anything to the historiography. I love the whole period, but I'm currently interested in the following ladies for an independent project: Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, Jane Grey, and Mary Queen of Scots. So, I would greatly appreciate any standout works or historian who specialize on them. Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Question from Linda - Exhumation of a daughter of Elizabeth Woodville

I read in Allison Weir's book about a beautiful daughter of E. Woodville being exhumed. Ms. Weir said they found her with blue eyes open and long blonde hair. Also said it was obvious she had been beautiful. Any information on that? Thank you Linda

Saturday, October 06, 2018

Question from Rebecca - Dissertation ideas

Hi there, I am currently a Masters student at a university in the UK and am due to start my dissertation proposal in the coming months. I would love to do my dissertation on either the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn or the animosity between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. I am unsure of what angle to come from in regards to either of these topics and would appreciate any possible help. Thanks in advance.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Question from Tabitha - Catherine de Medici and Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I

I like to know more about the relationship between mary queen scots and catherine de medici? Did they get along? Did catherine try to go against mary in any way? And also did catherine ever have any dealings with elizabethI?

Sunday, September 09, 2018

Question from Jodi - Elizabeth Courtenay (b. 1539)

Have you found records of Elizabeth Courtenay born 1539 and died 1570? She is to have been Henry Courtenay and Gertrude Blount's daughter. She married Devid Ashels and they had a daugher, Mary Ashels in 1570. I would apprecipate references. Thank you.

Sunday, September 02, 2018

Question from Arthur - Historical records of what today is called PTSD

I was wondering what is there if any that men returning from battles, might of had symptoms that we would regard today as PTSD? or any evidence for trauma related issue from other incidents in a persons history. I realize its a very hard thing to find evidence for, especially since it was unlikely to have recognised in any manner we do now. But my guess is that issues happened frequently and would of been regarded as madness perhaps. Its something I have done a little research on myself, but would the opinion of others. I also cannot find question on here that covers this in a precise way. Arthur

Monday, June 25, 2018

Sorry about the late comment approvals!

Hi y'all,

PhD Historian pointed out to me that some of the comments he had submitted hadn't been showing up and so I went in and found a lot of comments awaiting approval that I hadn't received the email notification for. (I have it set for Blogger to send me an email when a comment is submitted and then again when I approve it so I know it went through.) I'm not sure what happened, but I've set it up again with another of my email addresses and I'll keep an eye out on the Blogger dashboard as well.

Sorry to everyone who submitted a comment in the last few weeks and are just now seeing it show up! I'm hoping I didn't miss any legit comments in the sea of spam comments, so if something you submitted in the last month didn't post, try it again.

Thanks for your understanding!

** Update July 30 **

Looks like it's working again, finally! When I first was made aware of the problem I went over to the Blogger forums and found a lot of people having the same problem. Blogger posted about the problem and hasn't officially closed out thread (which would mean it should be fixed) but I tried something someone else in the thread suggested and it seems to be working. I'll keep manually checking for comments awaiting moderation for a while, just in case!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Mourning clothes and jewels

What were mourning jewels and clothes like in Tudor times?

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Notification of accession to the throne

How did heirs find out that they were the new kings? Who was in charge of notifying them and what was the process like?

Monday, June 18, 2018

Question from Cristhian - Royal funeral processions

What were funeral processions of Tudor royals like? Was there any difference between a king's and a queen's? Who were part of it?

Friday, June 15, 2018

Question from Ashley - Arthur and Catherine of Aragon and Ludlow

Did Arthur Tudor(Prince of Wales)and his new wife catherine of aragon go to ludlow castle of there own accord?or did henry vii(arthurs Father) instruct them to go there?

Monday, May 14, 2018

Question from Sarah - Mary Tudor at Anne Boleyn's coronation

Did Mary, Henry VIII's sister, attend Anne Boleyn's coronation? I've read conflicting reports.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Question from Sarah - Elizabeth I and Bess of Hardwick

I have heard that Elizabeth I described Bess of Hardwick as the woman she loved best. Is there any source which confirms this (it's in Lovell's biography but without a source given). Were they really that close?

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Question from Bruce - Top of artichoke orb in Mary Tudor portrait

Can anyone please tell me what is hanging off the Tau Cross atop the artichoke Orb Mary BRANDON nee TUDOR is holding. Are they Bells (anything to do with St. Anthony), or Scales (anything to do with St. Michael)?? A similar Tau Cross is also in the portrait of Francois I of France and Eleanor.

(Related to this previous thread:

Monday, March 12, 2018

Question from Tabitha - History of English monarchs including pre-1066 figures

I am looking for help finding a book or books that can give me a chronological order of English monarchs from the very begining ( not starting in 1066). I have several books put jumoing around is harder for me. I like the book to provide more information than just the highlights of each person. Prehaps also include a detailed family tree amnd more imnformation on the details of their reign. Thanks you.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Question from ? - Meghan Markle related to Jane Syemour

I have read that Meghan Markle is descended from Lord Hussey and the Wentworths, so distantly related to Jane Seymour. I keep seeing this in tabloid newspapers though - is there any source I should trust on this?

Monday, March 05, 2018

Question from Annie - Story of child falling from Queen's House at the Tower

Quick question - While visiting the tower a few years ago, I was told about a child who died in the Lieutenants Lodgings/Queen's House at some point. I think that the Yeoman said that she fell from one of the windows? Does anyone have any idea who that could have been or who her family was?

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Question from David - Night bellman

In Tudor England the night bellman supposedly walked the streets, ringing his bell, crying the o'clock and adding, "All is well!" I have found contemporary references to some typical bellman activities, but none of him crying "All is well!" I wonder if this is a myth or whether anyone is aware of any evidence of this wording?

Monday, February 05, 2018

Question from Kenneth - Godchildren of Elizabeth I

Could you send me a list of the godchildren of Queen Elizabeth the First?

[Throwing this out to the blog as a whole, but I can also pass on the submitter's email address if anyone also wants to email them directly. - Lara]

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Question from Lily - Gender history dissertation ideas


I'm currently a 2nd year History student and I have to submit my dissertation proposal by April.

However I'm really stuck between a couple of ideas. I'm particular interested in gender history and/or the tudors.

I was thinking along the lines of how the cultivation of the virgin image enhanced Elizabeth's monarchical authority? Something to do with Elizabeth or maybe was Elizabeth so successful because she was protestant with comparisons to her other female counterparts?

Or a bit different, I wanted to look at gender in Weimar Germany but I wouldn't know where to start.

If anyone has any suggestions that would be great!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Question from Sarah - Description of Mary Tudor Brandon's death and funeral

Can anyone help me find a good contemporary description of Mary, Dowager Queen of France's death and funeral?

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Question from Sarah - Description of wardship

Does anyone know where I could get a good description of what wardship of a child meant in Henry VIII's early reign?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Question from Gail - Descent from Katherine Grey Seymour

If katherine seymour had been made queen and her children succeeded her, who would be on the throne now.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Question from Julian - Records of Early Modern English

I would appreciate any referrals to audio recordings of Early Modern English that I could buy. I have been re-creating the Persona of Matthew Baker, Henry VII's "great Esquire" since 2003. Having now assembled clothing, accessories, and an exhibition encampment, I thought that this year before my Lady and I get too old, we would make an attempt at Early Modern English pronunciation, speeches, and phrasing. The vocabulary and the phrasing are enshrined in contemporary documents and we have assembled a considerable library of transcriptions to help us. But the SOUNDS? Where can we find some audio recordings to buy? I understand Professor David Crystal is considered the suprmeme Authority on this subject - but i cannot find any audio recordings on sale anywhere. perhaps it's GIGO on my IT searches.Help?

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Question from Joyce - Grave of Sir Christopher Hatton

when I was living in London for my nurse training l lived near Clerkenwell , so loved the history of the place. Ely Place and the church one of my favorite places. I know Sir Chrstopher Hatton was buried in Old St Pauls but understand his tomb monument was destroyed in the Great Fire.What happened to his actual grave! was the site known or is it just lost in time now?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Question from Jina - Daughters of Elizabeth Tilney and Agnes Tilney

Good evening,
I am hoping to get some help.

Did both Elizabeth Tilney and Agnes Tilney (cousins that were married to Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk) have children named Elizabeth Howard?

I am trying to confirm which Elizabeth married Henry Radclyffe, 2nd Earl of Sussex. I also need to confirm they had a daughter together named Mary Grey Radclyffe.

I think the two Elizabeths are being confused leaving the date of death years before Mary Grey Radclyffe's birth.