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Reformation in England

England was slow to join the Reformation but when the Pope refused to grant King Henry VIII a divorce (or more accurately an annulment) Henry withdrew England from the Roman Catholic Church. 131 more words

One Church, One Century, Six Identities: What is Anglicanism (Part 3)

Last time I talked about Anglicanism, I talked about the Reformation context for where an independent Church of England began. But unlike those who followed after Martin Luther in Germany (Lutheran) and those who followed after Ulrich Zwingli in Switzerland and west Germany (Reformed), the Reformation in England wasn’t in anyway smooth. 930 more words

Henry Pole the Younger rides again?



Yes, that Henry Pole. A contact asked us recently whether his mother (nee’ Jane Neville) had been arrested in November 1538 and executed with her husband (Henry Lord Montagu) and others that December or January. 186 more words

Discussion Questions - 'The Queen's Fool' by Philippa Gregory

  • What kind of tone does the novel’s opening scene instantly set, and what does it tell us up front about Hannah’s and Elizabeth’s characters? If you’ve read other fictional accounts of Elizabeth’s life, how does this portrayal of her compare?
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Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

The land was flowing with milk and honey.


The Tudors is the second volume in Peter Ackroyd’s History of England after Foundation. 

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Book Review

The Tragic Life of 'Bloody' Mary Tudor

We view the past through our own moral lens, often finding ourselves at odds with the views of people long gone. When we find that our modern sensibilities contradict the opinions of past communities we should ask ourselves why that is. 3,708 more words


A Colchester mystery

Have you ever visited Colchester Castle? The guide book is very informative about three thousand years of the town’s history, particularly the 1989 revision, which I have. 204 more words