Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Question from ? - Education of women in early 16th century

What kind of education would women like Catherine Parr, and other aristocratic and gentlewomen born in the early 16th century, have been given? Thank you :)

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Question from ? - Romantic links of Mary and Elizabeth

Who was Elizabeth I thought to have been in love with, throughout her life? I know of Seymour, Dudley and Essex, but were there more? And was Mary I ever romantically linked to anyone other than her husband? Happy New Year and thank you!!!

Friday, December 17, 2021

Question from Arthur - Early Tudor laws

Hi, I was wondering if a list of early Tudor or pre- tudor laws that might still of been followed exists anywhere? I particularly want to know if Fighting or brawling in the streets of London or a Tavern would of been considered a breech of peace back then or not?

Monday, October 11, 2021

Question from Anonymous - Books Henry VIII may have read

I am looking to read the books Henry VIII is likely to have read. Is there a list anywhere or any information on which books he read? Thank you.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Question from Anonymous - Journal subscription suggestions

I finished my university studies a few years ago, but I want to get back into reading scholarly articles. Are there any particular journals or subscriptions you would recommend for someone interested in Henry VIII's time? Thank you.

Friday, October 01, 2021

Question from Nicole - Household of Charles Brandon

How big was the household of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk? Would he have had his personal chaplain?

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Question from dmj - Isabella of Castile's treatment of her daughter

Is it true that the Spanish queen mother of king Henry vlll first wife was torturous to her own daughter, Catherine sister?

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Question from Sandra - "Mother of the Maids"

I'd like information about the women who served as "Mother of the Maids (of honor)" for Henry VIII, Edward and Mary, both their names but also what their jobs were, specifically (if possible). I've seen mentioned Lady Stoner/Stonor, Margaret (or Anne) Foliot, and Elizabeth Billingham.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Question from Peter - Son of Roland de Velville

I have traced my family tree back to Roland De Velville but by a son. The online information records two daughters but no son. Is this an inaccurate record or how do I find out whether he had a son?

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Question from Stephanie - DNA links to Henry VIII

Is there a way to tell through DNA if youre related to King Henry Viii? Im a descendent of Mary Bolelyn throughly Catherine Carey and her grandson Thomas West de la warr. Thanks any information is much appreciated.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Question from Dee - Enclosures and the 1549 rebellions

Would you say enclosures were the main cause of unrest for the 1549 rebellions?

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Question from Emmy - Legal justification for Katherine Howard's execution

Why was Katherine Howard executed? Was it for adultery? Suzannah Lipscomb, in an interview about Anne Boleyn, said adultery wasnt a capital crime or punishable by death (and Anne was executed for imagining Henrys death); besides, both Katherine and Culpepper said they didnt actually sleep together. Was it for speculating about the kings death? That got Dereham, I think, but that didnt apply to her. Was it for failing to disclose her sexual history, as laid out in the Bill of Attainder of 1542? But then why was Culpepper executed? What, exactly, was the legal justification?

Monday, April 12, 2021

Question from Clemmie - Death of George, Duke of Clarence

I am curious about the execution of Edward IV's brother (George, Duke of Clarence) . Legend has it he was drowned in Malmsey wine. It seems the rumour circulated shortly after his death; Shakespeare then said the same in his play (although I am aware of how very little historical his plays can be) Since there is no proof about how George actually died, does anyone think the wine option is likely? I actually do not know what to think. It seems like an odd way to die, and a rather complicated and expensive choice to execute a convicted traitor (even though he was brother to the king). Second question, if the Malmsey is actually not how George died, how was he actually killed? We are of course only making hypothesis. I could only find he was "executed privately". What is the most likely way for it to have been carried out (for it to be quick and private)? Beheaded? Stabbed? Strangled? I would love to find out what truly happened to him.

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Question from John - Looking for information on Elizabeth Fielding

Looking for a connection between Elizabeth Fielding daughter of Edward Fielding and his wife Elizabeth Maria Polteney (1646-1692) who was daughter of Maurice Wittelsbach Simmern (1620-1652) who was the son of Frederich V Vonder Pfalz of the Palatinate of the Rhine, who married Elizabeth Stuart (1595-1662) and through them to James Stuart VI of Scotland and I of England and VI of Scotland and son of Mary Queen of Scots. There seems to be some disagreement as to who the Elizabeth Fielding really was, there is some mention of her being adopted. If she is who some say she is, the line can be traced back through Mary Queen of Scots all the way to Chrodobertus (6720-673). That would make King James a great grandfather and his mother, Mary, a great grandmother. It all becomes very interesting and somewhat time consuming. If anyone has any information to share regarding Elizabeth Fielding, I would be most appreciative.

Sunday, February 07, 2021

Question from Julie - Tudor black and white houses

Why were the Tudor houses black and white? We are doing a school project and nowhere seems to tell us why they were that colour.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Question from Daniel - Tudor Hampton Court and Tower of London vs today

How much of Hampton court or the tower of London would Henry VIII recognize if he was alive today!? As London in general I think he would be sickened to be honest, I personally think these modern glass and steel dystopian buildings that overlook these beautiful historic buildings is an absolute crying shame!!

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Question from Daniel - Henry VIII and modern London

What would Henry VIII think of London today?

Friday, December 11, 2020

Question from Tess - Anne of Cleves translator

Did Anne of Cleves have her personal translator when she first arrived at the court of Henry VIII? I read that she did not speak much English...?

Monday, November 30, 2020

Question from Keely - Public confrontations between Henry VIII and his children

Are there any eyewitness accounts of Henry VIII ever having a face-to-face confrontation with any of his children? Did he ever yell or reprimand them in public once?

Friday, November 27, 2020

Question from Trish - Marie Paulet

I also wander how I could advertise my relative Marie Paulet marrying George southcombe in Satterliegh in 1574. I am also trying to find out about where she came from is to apply for her farther's will or buy a michofiche that I could find out about her birth. I think she was born in 1554. I think the man's name was Nicholas Paulet of Hinton Saint George, Somerset. He died in 1603. Her grandfather I think [was] Sir Hugh Poulet Governor of Jersey. [Post slightly edited for clarity - Lara]

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Question from Trish - Anna Margaretta Regina Pedissiqua

I am trying to find out about Anna Margaretta Regina Pedissiqua who had married Thomas Berry in about 1453. I am just trying to find out about where she was born and where he came from.

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Sunday, August 09, 2020

Question from Daniel - Surviving things from Henry VIII's reign

Does anything survive today how it was during his reign if Henry Viii was alive today, would he recognise anything?? If he was alive or has everything completed destroyed? Is sad because that was the golden age of england, wheres it all gone is my question??

Sunday, July 26, 2020

Question from Tess - Customary time for wearing mourning clothing

Hello! I am in the process of writing a novel set in the Tudor period (Henrician). Does anyone know for sure how long widows were supposed to keep black clothing (for mourning)? I read somewhere that there was no clear law about it, but what was considered 'proper'? The 1-year-period seemed to have only been set up in the Victorian era... or was it also applicable for the early sixteenth century? Many thanks xx

Monday, July 13, 2020

Question from Al - Information on item found in Southwell

Hi I am looking for some information on this item I have. It was found in Southwell next to The Archbishops palace. I know the main design probably represents Henry VIII but the other designs on it are proving a little difficult to decipher. I have put the relevant info on this youtube video https://youtu.be/ZnfnV_XmyWc

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Question from Erin - Women's hair at their executions

I am doing a project on pen pals and we started talking about ladies being beheaded did they wear there hair up or was their head above the neck covered in a handkerchief