Book Review: Everyday Life in Tudor London

I love books about London. Just when you think you’ve heard it all, another writer falls in love with it and gets the inspiration to churn out a new chapter in this city’s unique history. While most books attempt to encompass the entire story from its Roman past to the present day (an exhausting task), […]

5 Frightening Reads for Halloween!

Halloween is just around the corner so here are some ghoulish books to get your into the spooky spirit!

The Origins of the English Reformation Reconsidered

How different might the first years of the English Reformation look if we try to view them forwards rather than backwards, remembering that the first generation of converts to reform were not early ‘Protestants,’ but late medieval Catholic Christians?

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.

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.

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.

The Kildare Rebellion and the Early Henrician Reformation

The Kildare Rebellion and the Early Henrician Reformation Steven G. Ellis (The Queen’s University, Belfast) The Historical Journal, 19, 4 (1976), pp. 807-830 Abstract In the 1530s, Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell carried out fundamental changes in the Tudor state. These changes amounted to a revolution in which three elements may be distinguished: the erection of […]

Representations of Elizabeth I

This thesis looks at three themes in representations of the Queen in Elizabethan literature. They are: the problem of representing a female ruler; the relation between the cult of Elizabeth and the cult of the Virgin Mary; and representations of Elizabeth as Cynthia, the moon-goddess. These topics are seen as focal points for problematic issues in panegyric.

"The lying'st knave in Christendom": The Development of Disability in the False Miracle of St. Alban's

What none of these studies have examined, however, is the performance of disability at the center of the St. Alban’s episode.

Saints on Stage: An Analytical Survey of Dramatic Records in the West of England

This essay provides an analysis of the known surviving records relating to mimetic representation of non-biblical saints in a broad region of western England, from the north (Cumberland, Westmorland) to the southern tip of Cornwall. The question of how many of these references can be considered ‘scripted’ drama is addressed, and other categories (pageant, costumed guild ridings, and festive customs such as boy bishop ceremonies) proposed.

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