March 27, 2013

10 Questions With Author Kathleen Kent

In an new Q&A, Kathleen Kent, author of The Traitor's Wife and The Heretic's Daughter "answers 10 questions about her favorite time period in history, her favorite figures from history, and the age old question of coffee or tea." She is quite the Tudor history lover. You might even be surprised by which of Henry VIII's wives is her favorite...

Read her answers here.


'Henry VII's Wilderness Years' Podcast with Author Derek Wilson

In a new podcast on History Today, Derek Wilson discusses Henry Tudor (later VII)'s life before taking the crown, particularly his life in exile in "the wilderness" for fourteen years. Living in "the wilderness" (aka the European continent, particularly Brittany and the French Royal Court) was dangerous, often resulting in Henry being used as a pawn, or "sacrifice" as Wilson describes, in the game of royal politics. However, Henry was quite clever an mastered the game, eventually gaining support of the French regency and returning to England.

One of the more interesting points I thought was how this time in his life led to his later paranoia, constantly looking for plots and intrigues.

Take a listen for yourself and let me know what you think! You can also read more about Henry VII, as well as Wilson's article, in the April issue of History Today.




Read an Elizabethan Manuscript Online for the First Time!

To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, a rare manuscript has been been brought to light with the collaboration of the British Library and the Hellenic Institute at Royal Holloway. Originally, it was written in Greek for Elizabeth I in 1566, praising her father, King Henry VIII. Now, it is being dedicated to Elizabeth II, and made viewable online!

The full manuscript, with accompanying transliteration, edition, English translation and historical notes on the text and author can be viewed on the Hellenic Institute's website.


March 25, 2013

New Issue of BBC History Magazine Focuses on The Tudors


Thanks to Carolyn from BBC sharing this with us! The April issue of BBC History Magainze will be focusing on the Tudors.

Inside are:

The Trial of Anne Boleyn
Guilty as charged, or an innocent woman? Suzannah Lipscomb examines theories as to why Henry VIII sent Anne Boleyn to the scaffold in 1536. 

The Spanish Armada
Elizabeth I’s England was ill-prepared for the attempted Spanish invasion of 1588, says Robert Hutchinson. 

The Tudor Breakfast Revolution
Ian Mortimer discovers that breakfast hasn't always been regarded as the most important meal of the day.

Be sure to check it out!

March 5, 2013

Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge Update and Giveaways: March

Sorry I'm a few days late getting this up. I've had a very busy time at work lately! I will start off with updates on reviews. February saw four new reviews:

  • Fencing Mom reviewed Winter King: Henry VII and the Dawn of Tudor England by Thomas Penn.
  • Jonah Knows Best reviewed Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII, Murder Most Royal by Jean Plaidy, and Secrets of the Tudor Court by D.L. Bogdan.

All reviews can be accessed on the February Page. If I left out any reviews, please let me know! 

For March, be sure to post your reviews (or a link to your reviews) as a comment on this post.

For February's Giveaway, I'm pleased to announce that Nannette (Fencing Mom) has won a copy of The Tudor Secret by C.W. Gortner! 

As with all my giveaways, the winner was chosen using random.org number generator. Nannette, please e-mail me at everythingtudor"at"yahoo.com (replace the "at" with an @) to claim your prize!

I am in the process of putting together the giveaway for March, so keep an eye out for a separate post on that! 

Don't forget, you can sign up for the Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge through December 2013. Those not signed up for the Reading Challenge must leave a comment on The Tudor Book Blog Reading Challenge 2013 Page.