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.

Which Tudor Are You?

Which Tudor Are You

If you were living and breathing in the 1500’s, who would you be?

The Role of Religion in the Politics of the Northern Rebellion of 1569

Thomas Percy, Earl of Northumberland

On 14 November, 1569, Thomas Percy, seventh Earl of Northumberland, and Charles Neville, sixth earl of Westmoreland, called on all Catholics to take up arms in defence of their true faith as they occupied the Northern city of Durham.

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.

The most popular boys’ names in Tudor England

What were the most popular names for boys in England during the 16th century? In his book Names and Naming Patterns in England 1538-1700, Scott Smith-Bannister looked at the records of tens of thousands of names to answer this question.

The marriage of Philip of Habsburg and Mary Tudor and anti-Spanish sentiment in England : political economies and culture, 1553-1557

Philip of Habsburg and Mary Tudor

This thesis examines the early part of Mary I’s reign, focusing on her marriage to Philip of Habsburg and the marginalisation of their co-monarchy in Tudor historiography.

The most popular girls’ names in Tudor England

Portrait of Elizabeth Knollys, Lady Leighton (b. 15 June 1549, maid of honor early in the reign of Queen Elizabeth

What were the most popular names for girls in England during the 16th century?

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

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