Friday, March 29, 2013

Garden and Eat Like a Tudor

I stumbled upon an interesting article today which looks at what veggies were grown by Tudors, and which you can still grow and use today.

Be sure to check it out here.
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Monday, March 18, 2013

March Giveaway: Tudor Rose Wax Seal

To make things a bit easier on myself, I've decided to close down my Tudor Tattler Facebook Page and only post on the Everything Tudor Facebook Page. Since my overall website is Everything Tudor, and the Tudor Tattler is part of it, I am simply merging them.

I really appreciate all of my wonderful readers' support with all social media connected with this website. Please make sure to "like" the Everything Tudor Facebook page (for future updates from the Tudor Tattler) if you haven't already, as I will no longer be posting on the Tudor Tattler Facebook Page.

With that said, to celebrate this "merger," I've decided to giveaway something special this month:

A Tudor Rose Wax Seal. This lovely brass seal is engraved with a Tudor Rose, and works with all types of sealing wax.

How do you win this fabulous prize?

  • To get your name in the "hat" once, leave a comment here (you must do at least this to enter the giveaway).
  • To get your name in twice, "like" the Everything Tudor Facebook page OR "follow" me on Twitter. If you do both, you will get your name in three times! If you have already done one or both, let me know in your comment as it will still count.
You have until 12 am on March 31st to enter. The winner will be randomly drawn on April 1st and announced. Good luck, and thanks again for all the support!

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Reconstructing Richard III's Tomb

Though this is slightly dated now, I thought it was still very interesting. Archaeologists have reconstructed what they think Greyfriars, the place which held Richard III's remains, looked like. It was originally constructed in 1230, and was one of the first Franciscan Friaries in England. Using old glass, stone, and foundations found at the site of Richard's dig, archaeologists were able to piece together what Greyfriars looked like.

This article goes into a lot more detail, as well as provides artists' reconstructions of what Greyfriars might have looked like inside and out! 
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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Garden Archaeology at Hampton Court

Though this article is from 1994, I still found it extremely fascinating! It discusses the excavation of the Privy Garden at Hampton Court, originally built for Henry VIII, and later transformed by William and Mary.

After the fire at Hampton Court in 1986, historians at the palace not only restored the Palace interior, but also William III's Privy Garden. Using old plans and excavations, they were able to restore it to the best of their knowledge.

When built for Henry VIII, the Privy Garden severed 
"as part of a triangle of ground between the palace and the River Thames. To the west was the Pond Yard where ornamental pools were stocked with freshwater fish for the kitchens. To the east all types of game roamed in House (later Home) Park. Between these two ‘larders’ were the Privy Garden and Mount Garden, so named after a central mound with a banqueting house at the summit. A long building known as the Watergate linked the ensemble with the river and provided access not only for the King but also for important courtiers and foreign visitors, so that views of the Privy Garden would have been amongst their first impressions of Hampton Court. This was a ‘heraldic’ garden, laid out like a chess board, with individual squares filled with red brick-dust, white sand and green lawn. There were bushes, made into topiary that was clipped into human shapes and mythological figures. The whole was dominated by heraldic beasts on painted poles, designed as a display and reminder of royal power."
By the time of William and Mary, this type of garden was out of style, and the more modern symmetrical gardens seen today were installed.

The Recreated Tudor Garden
Read more about the archaeology and installation of William's garden here.

Luckily, a Tudor garden can still be seen at Hampton Court. I had the lucky experience of stumbling upon it during my last trip there. I happened to walk into one of the palace's many courtyards and found myself transported back to Tudor England (as if I hadn't already felt that walking through the Great Hall...)! The recreated Tudor Garden has been planted with herbs and flowers available in the 16th Century, as well as laid out with painted rails and posts, topped with heraldic beasts. Simply stunning.

Edit: After posting this article, I was contacted by a rep of Hampton Court Palace who passed along this link to me. It goes into a lot more current detail about the state of the Privy Gardens at Hampton Court palace, including information on restoring the Privy Gardens, information on why you should see them, and downloadable resources. Be sure to check it out!
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