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Book review - The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory has a real talent for bringing alive the characters of her stories. Those who lived and breathed during the Wars of the Roses over 500 years ago are brought to life on the pages of her books. 759 more words

Henry VIII

On this day in 1519 - Katherine Willoughby was born

Katherine Willoughby was born on 22nd March 1519 to William Willoughby and his wife Maria de Salinas. She was born at Parham Old Hall in Suffolk. 466 more words

Tudor Chronicles

On this day in 1556 - Archbishop Cranmer was burned at the stake

On 21st March 1556 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was burned at the stake for treason and being a heretic on orders of Queen Mary I.

Cranmer’s problems began on the death of King Edward VI in 1553. 570 more words

Tudor Chronicles

March 16, 1554 - Elizabeth's Letter to Mary I (the "Tide Letter")

Elizabeth wrote this letter after being informed that she would be taken to the Tower. Sir Thomas Wyatt (son of the poet who wrote verse about Anne Boleyn) had rebelled against Mary I following the announcement of her plan to marry Philip of Spain. 820 more words


Ballads Across Borders

Over the last few months I have been privileged to give some lectures for Sovereign Education, who provide study days for A-level students.

The two most recent lectures were on the subject of ‘the King’s Great Matter’.  591 more words

Historical Research

Review of LAST CHILD by Terry Tyler for #RBRT: another tour de force!

The good old days…weren’t

I’ve wondered what the effect might have been if historical (or literary) figures had modern technology. (If Adam and Eve Sent Texts… 1,992 more words


Bloody Mary and the map monster

It has often been queried by historians, proper historians that is, with degrees and everything, why Mary I had such a desire to kill. Her nick name, given to her after her death, was Bloody Mary and that was not because of the heaviness of her menses! 1,314 more words

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