Friday, December 14, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
I spent a good 45 or so minutes today enjoying this fascinating podcast from the National Archives on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and how their fashion choices reflected the political climate at the Tudor court. It is well worth a listen!
Here's the link.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Henry VIII Goes to the Dungeon, Archers on the Mary Rose, an Estate Survey, and a Castle Perservation Effort
Brian Blessed Plays Henry VIII in a new production at The London Dungeon! This video goes into detail about how Blessed prepared for the role, and how Henry VIII is being incorporated into London's scariest attraction.
A survey of one of Kent's largest Tudor estates is now available online. Rarely seen by the public, this survey shows some of the inner workings of the estate. It was also used in inheritance claims all the way to the early 17th century. Read more about it here.
Read the actual survey here.
Sandsfoot Castle, one of Henry VIII's coastal defense building projects, fell into disrepair in the 17th century. Now, it has finally undergoing preservation measures and being opened to the public! Read more here.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
|No known portrait of Margaret exists. However,|
here is one of her great granddaughter, Lady Agnes
Douglas, looking ever the saucy wench.
Margaret was the daughter of James II of Scotland, and youngest sister to James III of Scotland. It is said that she was James' favorite sister, and "a Princess of great beauty, but of a reputation that was more than loose."
According to contemporary sources, Margaret was "charged with too much familiarity with her own brother." It was known that she was James' favorite sister, but whether the implied relationship is true or not, it is fact that she was "familiar" with Lord William Crichton. Crichton was a powerful noble at court, and enemy of James III. It was speculated that Crichton seduced Margret to get back at James for sleeping with his wife. The two carried on their love affair long enough for Margaret to bear at least one illegitimate child, a daughter named Margaret Crichton.
The story doesn't end there. Lord Crichton's "disagreements" with the King caused him to take an extended vacation in England. Luckily for him, his wife died while he was in exile. According to one source, Margaret pined for him so, that the King recalled Crichton to Scotland under the condition that he marry her.
Though Crichton did (according to Sir Walter Scott) return and marry Margaret, the issues between he and the King were unresolved. James III was a very unpopular King, and was eventually overthrown. He died in battle in 1488. Margaret remained out of the political upheavals of her brother's reign upon her marriage, living out her days at her husband's country residence.
What think ye? Was Margaret a silly girl, easily swayed into a revengeful love affair, or a genuine lover who put her heart before her family?
Note: Some of the scandalous information about Margaret comes from Sir Walter Scott, a late 18th/early 19th century novelist and poet. Thus, it must be taken with a grain of salt.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Do you think the death of his close friend made Henry think about his own mortality?
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
|Empson, Henry VII, and Dudley|
However, the first day of my job, my new boss informed me that my assistant might need to go...but it was my job to decide! Great way to start your first day on a new job, firing someone!
But then I thought...well Henry VIII did it, in his very Henry way.
Back in 1509, the new young king decided that he would be better off with new ministers. His father, Henry VII, was not the most popular King by the end of his reign. His ministers, even less popular! Of course, when Henry VIII, a young 18 year old, ascended the throne, he inherited his father's ministers. They probably thought they had a shoe-in for running the country for so young a king. Henry's grandmother, Margaret Beaufort, had a similar idea. She claimed she would serve as regent as Henry was "too young" to rule on his own (though luckily for him she died before that could really happen).
|Young Henry VII|
The moral of this story? Henry started a new job with a little "spring cleaning." Well...if Henry did it, should I? Hum...I don't know. I'm tempted to think that Henry VIII isn't the best role model. His motto was pretty much, "Stand in my way, I make you a head shorter."
In case any of you are fearful I am turning into Henry VIII, do not be. After careful consideration, I have talked with the assistant and he seems to have straightened out. Thus far, he will not face the executioner's axe. However, like all those at Henry's court, the shadow of the block is a constant companion. Hopefully my assistant doesn't feel that way. I fancy myself a bit nicer than Henry...for now ;)
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
The winner is...
Congrats, Cheryl! Please e-mail within a week at everythingtudor "at" yahoo "dot" com to claim your prize.
To the rest of you, thank you so much for entering! I am posting another giveaway tomorrow at the Tudor Book Blog! Be sure to check back and enter to win! I have at least one giveaway a month, so do not dispare if you haven't won. There are plenty more opportunities!
Saturday, August 4, 2012
First, a little about the book:
Ever since she first appeared in the Tudor court, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second queen, has been a mystery and a source of controversy. Even her birth is shrouded in obscurity; both year and place are the subject of debate. Was she beautiful, as those who fell under her spell believed, or was she a rather plain girl blessed with striking eyes and a wealth of black hair?
More mysterious still is the nature of her role in one of the most turbulent times in British history. Henry, who wrote her impassioned love letters and composed songs in her praise, honoured her as no woman was ever honoured before, and finally defied the Pope in order to marry her. Her enemies at the time believed she owed her success to witchcraft, and indeed she bore two ‘devil’s marks’. But was she, in fact, only a hapless pawn, subject to the passions of a notoriously mercurial autocrat? Why was her fall from favour so sudden and complete? Henry’s love changed to a hatred so vicious that he conspired with his chief minister to have her accused of adultery with five men – one her own brother. Four of them went to the block protesting her innocence – and their own.
About the Author: Norah Lofts was one of the best-known and best-loved of all historical novelists and many of her books remain in print today. Anne Boleyn is one of her rare - yet highly successful - forays into non-fiction and displays her trademark application of authentic period detail to a gripping narrative. Her fictionalised account of Anne Boleyn's life, The Concubine, was a huge bestseller in the UK and US. Lofts wrote more than fifty books.
Now, there are several ways to enter:
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In the room you find an old wooden floor, covered in dust, obviously not walked on for many years. There are old trunks, tapestries, and pieces of furniture. They all look very old...possibly even Tudor. You open a chest and find...
What? What one item from Tudor England would you like to find in that box?
Thursday, June 28, 2012
To celebrate, be sure to check out this great Youtube video on Henry's birth and early life. It is the first episode of the Mind of a Tyrant series by David Starkey, and focuses on Henry's birth, as well as his upbringing as Prince.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Now, the winner for the drink charms is...
Congrats, Sarah! Please e-mail me at everythingtudor(at)yahoo(dot)com within two weeks to claim your prize.
To all other contestants, thank you for entering! Please check back soon for another fabulous giveaway!
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Now, without further ado, the winner is...
Congratulations! Please contact me at everythingtudor(at)yahoo(dot)com within two weeks to claim your prize!
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Though I normally post these on The Tudor Book Blog, I'm going to post my review here for this giveaway. It will also appear under "My Reviews" on The Tudor Book Blog.
Juliana St. John, who gracefully narrates the story, is a young woman who harbors dark secrets, one of which is her ability to see glimpses of the future. This “gift” is a terrifying burden to her, as she constantly worries that it will be found out and she will be accused of witchcraft. Her own mother disowns her after one of her visions comes true. However, a lucky happenstance meeting with the dashing Thomas Seymour, sends Juliana to the court of Henry VIII to serve as maid of honor to Katherine Parr.
Unlike her own mother, Katherine Parr treats Juliana as a daughter, fulfilling that longing for maternal love within Juliana’s soul. As their relationship grows, Juliana becomes the Queen’s “Secret Keeper,” one of the few Parr can trust in the tumultuous and treacherous world of the Tudor Court. Throughout the novel, Juliana’s visions offer interesting insight into the workings of the court, as well as into her own past...
There are a wide range of characters in this novel. I feel that Byrd did an excellent job of characterizing them, especially the historical ones. I really liked how Byrd portrayed Katherine Parr. She is a beautiful woman, inside and out, always eager to help others.
Overall, I give this novel 5 Tudor Roses!
The only criticism I had (and this is just me personally) is that it took me longer to connect with Juliana than it did Meg Wyatt in Byrd’s first novel, To Die For. However, I think I enjoyed this novel better. I love the supernatural element to it that I haven’t often found in other Tudor novels I’ve read.
I highly recommend this novel to those old and new to Tudor fiction. It is a good read that one is easily sucked into.
A huge thank you to Sandra Byrd for providing me with a copy of her wonderful novel, and the prize for this giveaway!
Now, for the Giveaway! There are two things you must do to enter:
1) Do one of the following:
- Sign up for Sandra Byrd's Newsletter here (which also enters you to win a kindle!)
- Friend Sandra Byrd on Facebook
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You have until Midnight on June 22nd to enter. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 23rd. Good luck!
Secondly, a big thank you to all those who entered and participated in the great discussions on Anne!
Now, for the winner of the Anne Boleyn shirt! Drum roll.....
Congrats Kathy! I will send your contact info to Claire who will get you your prize. Thanks again to all who entered.
Be sure to jump over to the Tudor Book Blog today to enter a giveaway for Her Highness the Traitor, and here at the Tudor Tattler for a giveaway for The Secret Keeper!
Wow, June is the month for giveaways!
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
- The scandal of christendom
- Goggle-eyed whore
- The concubine
- The putain
- The English Mare
- The Royal Mule
- A home-wrecker
- Francis I, King of France, confiding in Rodolfo Pio, Bishop of Faenza: “Francis also spoke three days ago of the new queen of England, how little virtuously she has always lived and now lives, and how she and her brother and adherents suspect the duke of Norfolk of wishing to make his son King, and marry him to the King's legitimate daughter, though they are near relations.”
- Eustace Chapuys, imperial ambassador, reporting that Henry VIII had confided in him that Anne had been “corrupted” during her time in France.
Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am”
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Here we see Lady Arbella in a virginal white. Her simple dress is accented with black jewels upon the sleeves and down the center front of the dress. It is finished off with thick strands of pearls. What think ye? Is it perhaps too white (and virginal), rivaling the Virgin Queen herself?
Friday, May 11, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
But there is another character on the show who does. He had the look of Henry: the red hair, the height, and, probably, the abs. Who is the character? Why none other than the Duke of Buckingham, one of Henry's many rivals in Season 1.
Let's take a look at what Henry really looked like. According to the Venetian Ambassador,
"His Majesty is the handsomest potentate I ever set eyes on; above the usual height, with an extremely fine calf to his leg, his complexion very fair and bright, with auburn hair combed straight and short, in the French fashion, his throat being rather long and thick. He was born on the 28th of June, 1491, so he will enter his twenty-fifth year the month after next. He speaks French, English, and Latin, and a little Italian, plays well on the lute and harpsichord, sings from book at sight, draws the bow with greater strength than any man in England, and jousts marvelously. Believe me, he is in every respect a most accomplished Prince; and I, who have now seen all the sovereigns in Christendom, and last of all these two of France and England in such great state, might well rest content..."According to this description, plus others not mentioned here, Henry looked little like JRM. He looked more like Steve Waddington (aka the Duke of Buckingham).
What think ye? Would you have rather seen the roles reversed? How do you think each would have done?
Friday, May 4, 2012
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Henry Courtenay was that son of William Courtenay, Earl of Devon and Princess Catherine of York, sister of Queen Elizabeth of York. Thus, Henry Courtenay was Henry VIII's 1st Cousin. Despite "being family," William Courtenay and Edward Courtenay (Henry's grandfather) were thrown in the Tower as traitors in 1504. Evidence that they supported the main Yorkist claimant over Henry VII didn't help their case. Lucky for them, Henry VII died without ordering their executions.
Life at Court
With the rise of Henry VIII to the throne in 1509, the sun seemed to shine a little brighter on the Courtenays. They were released from the Tower and their Earldom restored. Henry was allowed to inherit his father's title in 1511 upon William's death.
|Henry Courtenay from|
the Order of the Garter
In the late 1520's, it is not surprising that he sided with the King and aided in the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey. Wolsey's fall made Courtenay second in power to the King. He also sided with the King on the "Great Matter," despite the fact that Katherine of Aragon cited him as one of her "friends." He sat as commissioner at the divorce hearings. When it was Anne Boleyn's turn to fall, Courtenay again played a big part, serving as commissioner at her trial.
Despite aiding the King in getting rid of his first wife, Courtenay's wife remained in correspondence with Catherine. She was a Catholic and did not attempt to hide it. It did not help matters that Courtenay was not a friend of Cromwell. From primary evidence, he seems to have disapproved of the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
In 1538, Courtenay, along with his wife and son, were thrown into the Tower. He was put on trial for the so-called "Exeter Conspiracy." By the time he was tried, the "evidence" had been construed to claim Courtenay was attempting to insight rebellion and take the throne for himself. In reality, it was most likely another ingenious plot by Cromwell. Like with Anne Boleyn and her "lovers," Cromwell was able to rid himself of his enemies (more like men who held power and were close to the King), such as Courtenay and Nicholas Carew.
Courtenay was found guilty and executed on Jan. 9, 1539. Also like Anne Boleyn, he was beheaded with a sword. His son wasn't released from prison until 1553 by Queen Mary I.
Considering Henry Courtenay's position within the Government and Royal Family it is surprising that little is really written about him. I suppose he is overshadowed by Wolsey, Cromwell and other men who formed the King's inner circle. Though Cromwell's masterful art of riding himself of his enemies is best displayed with Anne Boleyn, Courtenay proves another good example.
Henry Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter
Henry VIII: King and Court, Alison Weir
Friday, April 27, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
But how did she rise to such power, and have the ability to hold the attentions of a King so much younger than herself? Diane served several of King Francois I's Queens, and became a member of the King's inner circle. In 1525, Francois was captured by Charles V's troops. His ransom? A trade for his two sons, Henri and Francois. Upon leaving France for captivity in Spain, Henri was apparently kissed goodbye by the lovely Diane. In 1530, the two boys were finally returned to France. It is thought that Diane was appointed by Francois I to teach his son Henri courtly manners, as his education had greatly suffered during his captivity. In 1533, Henri married Catherine de Medici. However, around 1538 he took on a mistress; Diane.
The love triangle continued until Henri's death in 1559. Catherine finally got her revenge by banishing Diane from the King's bedside, despite his pleading for her. Once he died, Diane was banished from court, though she lived in comfort on her estates for the rest of her life. Even upon her death at 66, spectators remarked on her strikingly youthful appearance.
Her secret? Drinking gold.
So why drink gold, if one is so healthy? Alchemy was all the rage in the Medieval and Renaissance world. Often times, alchemists would also serve as apothecaries. Henry VIII himself dappled in it, creating elixirs to rid his favorites (and himself) of ill humors. Gold was (and still is) considered the most valuable of metals. It was also, for the Kings of France, a symbolic link to the Sun. Thus, it is no surprise that the King's mistress, who would have had the very best of everything, would drink gold. It is highly likely that the King himself partook of gold elixirs. However, Diane seems to have taken it to the next level.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
This panel, depicting an elephant, is among several done by Mary, Queen of Scots and her attendants during her captivity in England. This panel dates from about 1570. It is currently held and the V&A.
Read more about it here.
Friday, April 20, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Here we see Lady Elizabeth wearing an elegant black gown, covered in a silver damask pattern. Her dress is topped with a large lace ruff and accented with gold trim and jewelry. She couldn't decide which broach to wear, so wore three in her hair, one of her ruff, and three on her dress.
What think ye? An overkill flop or true fashion?
Monday, April 16, 2012
Sunday, April 8, 2012
It wouldn't be Stuart Week without deciding if King James was a trend setter or flopper. Here we see James in a simple white doublet and hoses, accented with black and silver trousers. He wears a large chain of estate, set off with gold and black jewels. He finishes his ensemble with a black, gold, and silver cloak and delicate black shoes, accented with silver and pearls. What think ye? Fashion or Flop?
How does he compare to his predecessor?
Friday, April 6, 2012
|Pocahontas around 1616. |
She is attired in English Garb.
But how true is this?
Pocahontas was originally named Matoaka, and was daughter to the powerful Chief of the Powhatans, Wahunsenachawh. She was born around 1595 and lived in Virginia.
The most famous story relating to her is that she rescued John Smith. Smith was an English sailor and soldier. He lead the Virginia Colony (including Jamestown) between 1608 and 1609.
In 1607, Smith was captured by the Powhatans and brought to Werowoconoco, the capital of the Powhatan tribe. There, he claimed to have been brought before the chief and nearly executed, but that "at the minute of my execution, [Pocahontas] hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine; and not only that, but so prevailed with her father, that I was safely conducted to Jamestown."
What is true about the story is that Pocahontas did befriend Smith and helped save the Jamestown settlement. It was said that "every once in four or five days, Pocahontas with her attendants brought...so much provision that saved many of their lives that else for all this had starved with hunger."
In 1613, Pocahontas was captured by the settlers and held for ransom. By this time, Smith has left for England due to an injury. The Indians were told he was dead. War between the tribe and settlers had been going on for several years as the Indians felt their land was being encroached on. For a year, Pocahontas lived with the settlers. When she was finally allowed to return to her people, she refused and stayed with the English.
|Pocahontas in "The New World."|
|Portrait thought to be|
of Pocahontas and her son.
In 1616 the family traveled to England. Smith learned of their arrival and asked the Wueen to welcome Pocahontas as a royal visitor. The couple were invited to a masque the Banqueting Hall at Whitehall. She was warmly welcomed, though due to James I's unimposing nature, did not realize she had met the King until later.
In 1617, the couple attempted to return to Virginia. However, Pocahontas died of unknown causes and was buried near Gravesend, Kent in England.
The Pocahontas Archive
Women's History in Virginia - Pocahontas
Thursday, April 5, 2012
"A slight, crooked, hump-backed young gentleman, dwarfish in stature, but with a face not irregular in feature, and thoughtful and subtle in expression, with reddish hair, a thin tawny beard, and lear, pathetic greenish-colored eyes, with a mind and manners already trained to courts and cabinets, and with a disposition almost ingenuous..."However, I have a bit of gossip for you today which might paint a new picture of Cecil for you. How about one of him as the lover?
Shocking, I know. However, there is strong evidence that Cecil had at least two affairs with notable ladies at the Tudor and Stuart court.
The first is Katherine Knyvet, Countess of Suffolk. Katherine was known at court for her great beauty. She was also known to be a bit of a trollop. Her string of affairs were said to have included Robert Cecil. Her husband, Sir Thomas Howard, Earl of Suffolk, seems to have turned a blind eye to the affairs, though she used his influence to gain favors for her lovers. Katherine bore twelve children, all of whom her husband claimed as his. No one may ever know if they all were or not.
As stated before, there is little evidence to support an affair with Robert Cecil. However, considering she was one of the most notorious women of James' court, and Robert one of the most despised, it is no surprise the two were linked.
Lady Audrey (sometimes referred to as Ethelred) Walsingham, was wife of Thomas Walsingham and Mistress of the Robes to Queen Anne of Denmark. She was a close friend of the Cecils, which sparked rumors that she and Robert had an affair. In 1608, William Cecil (Robert's son) and Katherine Howard (Katherine Knycert's daughter) were married in Audrey's lodgings. She was well liked, with the continuation of Marlowe's Hero and Leander by George Chapman being dedicated to her.
Unfortunately, there is little evidence that Robert Cecil had affairs with these two women. However, they had some sort of relationship, enough so to incite rumors. With the description above, I wouldn't be surprised if he did have affairs. He was certainly an intelligent and charming man, which would have certainly made him attractive, even if he had a slight physical deformity. If affairs did take place, I would like to know how he became entangled with two so very different women as Katherine and Audrey.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Here we see Ann Wortley, Lady Morton wearing a burnt orange silk gown. It is accented with orange lace embroidery, and white lace cuffs and frill. The Lady's hair and accent frill and jewels are very reminiscent of the late Queen Elizabeth. Her dress is scandalously short, revealing a wee bit of her delicate slipper.
What think ye? Did the Jacobeans continue in fashion, or flop?
*Note: This is one of two "Fashion or Flops?" this week. I am also posting about Jacobean fashion later this week! Stay tuned.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Why couldn't he perform? Rumors abounded that Frances was slipping him herbs that prevented it. Others stated that he was "bewitched." During the divorce proceedings, it was seriously debated whether he should be sent to Poland to be "unwitched!" Regardless, Carr had the ear of the King. James intervened and the divorce went through.
Curiously, Overbury died in the Tower. The divorce was finalized soon after.
Rumors abounded that Frances had had Overbury poisoned. Despite this, Carr and Frances married in Dec. of 1613. The two were soon arrested on suspicion of murder. Carr proclaimed his innocence. Frances, however, admitted a small part in the crime. She was convicted of murder, but spared execution. Why was the King so lenient? Some think he had a part in the murder, too. He apparently resented Overbury, with one witness saying that James "hath long had a desire to remove him from about [Carr], as thinking it a dishonour to him that the world should have an opinion that [Carr] ruled him and Overbury ruled [Carr]." Both Carr and She were pardoned and finally released from the Tower in 1622. They lived happily together.
With the evidence in, what think ye? Was Frances an innocent woman, whose only crime was to be stuck in a loveless marriage, easily becoming a scapegoat for a jealous King's will? Or was she a loose woman, who would stop at nothing, including murder, to get what she wanted?
Fraser, Antoina. The Weaker Vessel.
Lindley, David. The Trials of Frances Howard.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Hi guys! I'm currently on a much needed vacation until Wednesday. I am having some technical difficulties getting some posts up. Today I am only posting the Artifact Monday and tomorrow the Tudor Tart. However, I will be making up the rest of the posts (and adding a few extras such as a Fashion or Flop) Wednesday thru Sunday! Thanks for your patience and understanding!