Hampton Court Celebrates 500 Years!

Hampton Court. Photo by Medievalists.net

Thinking of visiting Hampton Court? Check out this list of things to see while you’re there!

Seven year itch: evidence suggests Henry VIII may have been close to taking a seventh wife before his death

Katherine Willoughby, drawing by Hans Holbein the Younger

The Tudor monarch King Henry VIII is perhaps best known for his penchant for marriage, famously taking six wives during his lifetime – and now a recently published book suggests that Henry was about to take a seventh before getting cold feet and calling the whole thing off.

How to be a successful jouster in the 16th century

Henry VIII jousting while Catherine of Aragon watches

If you came up against Henry VIII at a jousting tournament, it might just have been advisable to let the king win.

An evening with Philippa Gregory : The King's Curse

British author Philippa Gregory delighted a packed auditorium last night in Toronto, as she spoke about the way she writes historical fiction, her views on Henry VIII, and the travails of going on tour.

What went wrong with Henry VIII?

Henry VIII

Nancy Bilyeau takes a look at two recent books about King Henry VIII – Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII, and Henry VIII: the Life and Rule of England’s Nero

Which One of Henry VIII’s Wives Are You?

henrys wives

If you lived in the Tudor era, which one of Henry VIII’s unfortunate wives would you have been?

CONFERENCES: Beyond Iconophobia: 'Decorative' art and the visual culture of Early Modern England

The following piece is my summary of a brilliant paper given by Tara Hamling on at the Institute of Historical Research on art, religion and visual culture in Early Modern England.

Places to See: Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

My visit to Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge in Epping Forest.

CONFERENCES: Bookend Brides – Tudor Queens First and Last

What did it mean to be a queen consort in the 1540s? What did it mean to be a Queen consort at the end of the Middle Ages? Four authors: Linda Porter, Vanora Bennett, Elizabeth Fremantle and Joanna Hickson, examine the lives of Catherine of Valois and Catherine Parr.

Sutton House: A Tudor brick home through the centuries

My visit to Sutton House, a Tudor brick home in East London, in Hackney.

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