February 25, 2011

New Q&A Page!

Because I have received quite a few Tudor Book and non-book related questions, I decided to create a page specifically for that. The Q&A page is in the main bar menu above under the header. There you can peruse old questions. Despite them being “old” feel free to submit a comment to any of the questions.
Also, if you have any book questions or any general Tudor related questions, feel free to submit them to The Tudor Librarian. You will see them posted on the Q&A Page.

February 24, 2011

Marie Antoinette: Queen of France.org

I can now tell you why I have been more quiet the last few weeks…I have created a sister site for Everything Tudor.com! I have worked long and hard to create a new site for one of my other historical passions: Marie Antoinette.
I have received a lot of e-mails about my “About” page on this site, with so many people expressing how much they too love Marie Antoinette. Therefore, I have created a site very similar to Everything Tudor.com. Marie Antoinette: Queen of France.org offers biographies, picture albums, a Q&A page, and much more! There is also a new online store where you can buy replica Marie Antoinette portrait and film jewelry.

Here’s the link for the new site. Please feel free to visit often and leave comments, questions, etc.!

Catherine of Aragon and Two New Tudor Performances

Sorry it has been a bit quiet here lately. I have been working on something new and exciting…but more on that later :D

First off, here is a nice review for Catherine of Aragon: The Spanish Queen of Henry VIII by Giles Tremlett. According to the reviewer, “Catherine’s story is beautifully told by Giles Tremlett. His emphasis on her life in Spain as a child & his researches in Spanish sources give a fascinating picture of Catherine & her background…” Here’s the link to the full review.

If you are interested in this author, you may want to attend a talk by him at Westminster Cathedral Hall on April 7th at 7pm. Here’s a link for more info.

Also, if you enjoy the theatre, be sure to check Anna Bolena at the MET starting Sept. 26th, and All the King’s Fools at Hampton Court Palace starting Feb. 24th and ending the 27th. Here’s a link to an article discussing this interesting new performance.

February 14, 2011

New Reviews and an Author Guest Post

His-Fic Chick has posted a guest post by author Sandra Worth. the post is titled A Rose for All Seasons: The Adventures of a Dazzling Scottish Beauty. The post focuses on the subject of Worth’s latest novel, Lady Catherine Gordon, wife of the pretender Perkin Warbeck who claimed to be Richard, Duke of York, one of the vanished Princes in the Tower.
It’s a great post. Be sure to check it out here.

Speaking of Pale Rose of England, here’s a new review for it. And another.
I found a nice review for The Other Boleyn Girl. I like that the reviewer pulled from sources like Eric Ives and Retha Warnicke. For example, they explain that “Gregory states she followed Retha Warnicke’s ‘original and provocative theses in her novel. This is also interesting, as many depictions show Anne as being executed due to her political and religious leanings.”

Here’s the link for the full review.
A few extras:
Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen review

Thomas Cromwell: The Rise and Fall of Henry VIII’s Most Notorious Minister review

Guest post article titled Behind the Legend of Perkin Warbeck at The Maiden’s Court

Two blog posts by author C.W. Gortner here and here

Sorry to rush through this post today! I have a big surprise coming up this week so all my time is being devoted to that.  More on that soon ;)

February 13, 2011

Tudor Secret Giveaway Winner!

I have placed all of the entries into random.org and the winner is……


Thank you all for entering! Please don’t forget that we have a giveaway every month, so check back for details on March’s giveaway soon!

Also, our Twitter and Facebook pages are really starting to get a large following! Be sure to “follow” and “like” them. As soon as there are 100 people following/liking them I am going to have a special giveaway! More details soon.

February 9, 2011

Win an Autographed Copy of The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir!

Now that the Save Anne Boleyn’s Portrait facebook page has 500 “likes,” an autographed copy of The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn is being given away. Check here for details to win!

February 7, 2011

Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore

I am very excited to post about a new book by one of my favorite authors, Alison Weir. Her newest non-fiction work is a biography on Mary Boleyn, mistress of Henry VIII and sister to Anne Boleyn. It is due out on Oct. 4th in the USA and on Oct. 6th in the UK.

According to the author, “In this book, the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Henry VIII’s famous mistress, Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne, his second queen, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds Mary Boleyn and uncovers the truth about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.
Her extensive, forensic research has facilitated a new portrayal, in which she reveals, for example:
-The probable nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters.
-New evidence about the reputation of Mary’s mother, Elizabeth Howard, who was rumoured to have been an early mistress of Henry VIII.
-Why we do not know what Mary looked like.
-The truth about Mary’s much-vaunted notoriety at the French court, and her relations with King Francois I.
-What happened to Mary after she left the French court.
-Mary’s role at the English court.
-Why Mary’s first husband, William Carey, was not an insignificant and complacent nobody, as is often claimed.
-The less-than-romantic truth about how Mary became Henry VIII’s mistress, and when.
-The truth about Mary’s reputation in England, and why Henry’s queen, Katherine of Aragon, did not complain about her being his mistress.
-New evidence that has a strong bearing upon the paternity of Mary’s two Carey children, whom many people believe were fathered by the King.
-Evidence to show that Henry VIII had more than one bastard child.
-When Mary’s affair with Henry VIII probably ended.
-How Mary was treated, and regarded, by her family.
-Where Mary lived after her disastrous second marriage to William Stafford and their banishment from court.
-Why there is barely a mention of Mary at the time of Anne Boleyn’s fall in 1536.
-How Anne’s daughter, the future Elizabeth I, may have been helped to regard her executed mother in a sympathetic light.
-The truth about Mary’s tenure of Rochford Hall, where she is  said to have lived for the last years of her life.
-The truth about Mary’s reputation.
Alison Weir’s site also has an abridged excerpt from the book:
“Mary Boleyn has gone down in history as a ‘great and infamous whore’. She was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII`s second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child. It was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was declared invalid. It is not hard to see how this tangled web of covert relationships has given rise to rumours and myths that have been embroidered over the centuries, and particularly in recent years, so that the truth about Mary has become obscured. In all my years of writing women’s histories, I have never tackled a subject who has been so romanticised, mythologised and misrepresented. Everyone knows Henry VIII as the King who married six times. His matrimonial adventures have been a source of enduring fascination for centuries, and the interest shows no sign of abating. Yet comparatively little is known or understood about Henry`s extra-marital adventures, and most people have the wrong idea about the woman who is now the most famous of his mistresses, Mary Boleyn. Was she really a ‘great and infamous whore’ with a notorious reputation? Is it true that Henry VIII was the father of her children? I am often asked these and numerous other questions about Mary, and am constantly being made aware, not only of various misconceptions that are accepted as facts by many, but also of the views of many others who are well-informed on the subject and are wondering why Mary Boleyn is so misrepresented. It is for these reasons – and because I have done a lot of unpublished research on her over four decades – that I have written a biography of Mary. Mary Boleyn represents only one short episode in Henry VIII`s chequered love life; all we can say with certainty is that she was his mistress for a short period while he was married to his first wife, Katherine of Aragon. Mary`s true historical significance – and importance – lies in the implications of her royal affair for her more celebrated sister, Anne Boleyn. My interest in Mary, and my research, goes back to the 1960s, when she was regarded as little more than a footnote to history. Since then, I have written about her briefly in three books, ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, ‘Henry VIII: King and Court’ and ‘The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn’, while my unpublished research comes from my extensive original version of ‘The Six Wives of Henry VIII’, completed in 1974. There is no escaping the fact that an air of mystery pervades every aspect of Mary Boleyn`s life. There is so much that we don`t know about her, and only so much we can infer from the scant sources that have survived. She is in the shadow of her famous sister in more than one way. It is the persistence of the mythology surrounding Mary Boleyn that has been the most disconcerting aspect of my research. For much of what we might read about Mary, even in history books, should be treated with caution, based as it is on false assumptions and what might be termed ‘urban myths’. For this reason, this book is not only a biography but also a historiography of Mary Boleyn. What follows is a tale that has never fully been told, a rigorous assessment of what we know – and don’t know – about Mary Boleyn, which hopefully will enrich our understanding of this much–misrepresented lady and her relations with Henry VIII.”
Here’s a link to Alison Weir’s official site for more information.

February 5, 2011

Save Anne Boleyn's Portrait!

Although this isn’t book related, I feel it is extremely important to share here!

I mentioned a while back that Anne Boleyn’s famous portrait has recently been found to be quite damaged and in need of urgent restoration.

According to the National Portrait Gallery website, the portrait “is in a particularly vulnerable and unstable condition as a result of structural problems with the wooden panel.  Vertical cracking has occurred across the picture causing minor paint loss where the wood has split (see the photograph taken in raking light alongside).  We need to act now as the damage is being caused by the long term effects of an unsuitable cradle (an applied wooden panel support) which must be removed. Therefore this important and much loved painting needs urgent conservation treatment to ensure it can be put back on public display.

The Gallery hopes to raise £4,000 for conservation work on this picture, and with your help we very much hope to be able to undertake this work in early 2011.” To donate to the cause, click here.

Natalie, from On the Tudor Trail, and Sarah from Anne Boleyn: From Queen to History have informed me of a page they have made on Facebook to spread the word. Show your support by “liking” this page and even adding it to your own pages!

Here’s the link to their facebook page.

Also, I have decided that all proceeds from the sale of the handcrafted Anne Boleyn Signature “B” Necklace on the site are going to be donated to the Save Anne Boleyn’s Portrait project. If you wish to either donate or purchase the “B” necklace (in any letter), follow this link!

February 1, 2011

Two Upcoming Author Talks

Author Suzannah Lipscomb is doing a talk on March 3rd at the Mary Rose Museum titled “Prince to Tyrant – What changed Henry VIII?” from 7-9pm.

Author Elizabeth Norton is also doing a talk titled “Catherine Parr: Last Queen of Henry VIII and Regent General of England” from 7-9pm on April 28th.

Make sure to mark these on your calendar! If anyone goes to one of these and wants to write in about it, I will be happy to post. And a big thanks to the Tudor Tutor for posting this on Twitter!

Tudor Secret Giveaway!

The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner is now available in the USA! Yay!

To celebrate, the author has been kind enough to send me an extra copy of his new novel to give away to one luck reader. To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment here with your name and e-mail (your e-mail will not be published). This will earn you one entry. To get your name in a second time, re-post this giveaway either on twitter, facebook, or your own blog. Post the link back here so I can see it. This will double your chances of winning!

The giveaway ends Feb. 7th at midnight. The winner will be announced on Feb. 8th. The giveaway is open to everyone, but if you do live outside the USA, please include where you are from! (I won’t post this, I’m just curious to see where all my readers come from!)

Good luck!

By the way, be sure to keep an eye out for my review for this book next week!