Friday, August 31, 2012

Elizabeth I: The Bachelorette

I don't know if anyone has stummbled upon the site Hark! A Vagrant, but I love it! There are a ton of comics there, all poking fun at history. I thought I would share one of my favorites for this week's Friday Funny:

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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Tudor Tart: Princess Margaret Stewart

No known portrait of Margaret exists. However,
here is one of her great granddaughter, Lady Agnes
Douglas, looking ever the saucy wench.
I haven't written a Tudor Tart in a while, so I thought I would post one today on Princess Margaret Stewart.

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.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On This Day in Tudor History: Death of Charles Brandon

Alright, I know The Tudors gets a lot of grumbles for its historical inaccuracies, but I don't think anyone can deny that they get a little choked up during this scene. Brandon, throughout the show (and history) was one of the only people Henry didn't lose or get rid of. Very touching! (I couldn't find the entire scene in its own video, so there is some Katherine of Aragon thrown in there, too).

Do you think the death of his close friend made Henry think about his own mortality?

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Well...Henry Did It!

Empson, Henry VII, and Dudley
 As I mentioned on Facebook, I've recently started a new job! I am finally getting my professional career as a librarian started. After getting a Masters and working an assistant library job, I am very happy to have finally landed a real librarian position!

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
One of Henry VIII's first decrees as King was to order that his father's two most hated and powerful ministers, Sir Richard Empson and Edmund Dudley, to be quickly rounded up at taken to the Tower, only two days after his coronation! They were charged with high treason and executed. Henry VIII then gave money to the people, reportedly extorted by the two unfortunate ministers. The people were happy, and, more importantly, Henry was happy.

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 ;)
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Anne Boleyn" Giveaway Winner!

Sorry I'm a day late posting the winner! But, I won't keep you waiting any longer!

The winner is...

Cheryl E.

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!
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

August Giveaway: Anne Boleyn by Norah Lofts

This month, I am hosting TWO giveaways! The first is going to be held here at the Tudor Tattler, and feature a copy of Anne Boleyn by Norah Lofts. Amberley Publishing has kindly offer a brand new copy for one lucky winner!

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.

Read more about this new release at Amberley Publishing's webpage.

Now, there are several ways to enter:
1) Leave a comment here with your name. This will enter you one time.
2) Like The Tudor Tattler on Facebook. This will enter you a second time. If you have already liked on FB, mention that in your comment.
3) Follow The Tudor Tattler on Twitter. This will enter you another time. If you are already a follower, mention that in your comment.
4) Follower The Tudor Tattler on Blogger. This will enter you another time. If you are already a follower, mention that in your comment.
That gives you a chance to get your name in the hat up to four times! The giveaway starts today, and ends on Sunday, August 12th. The winner will be announced on Monday, August 13th. The second giveaway (a copy of David Loades' Mary Rose) will open on August 13th as well.
Good luck!
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