So there you have it, a full circle of starting with a Catherine and ending with a Catherine. As we have seen over the last few months each of Henrys wives brought something different to their role as wife of the Tudor king. They all felt they knew how best to behave with the King… Read More We’re Six! The results….
Laura Adkins Described by Derek Wilson as the ‘Cleverest and most passionate of Henry VIII’s wives’ Catherine Parr is the last of Henry’s women, the one who ‘Survived’. However, as we have seen over the last few months with the other wives who came before her, there was a lot more to these women than… Read More Catherine Parr – well matched
Part four of Henry VIII interesting wives is the turn of Anne of Cleves written by History Rambler. Will she be able to persuade you that it is Anne of Cleves who was the most interesting? For many years the fourth wife of Henry VIII, Anne of Cleves, has been reduced down to ‘the ugly… Read More One of a kind, no category – Anne of Cleves
Guest post by Natalie Lomako Let’s talk about Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII. The one who supplanted Anne Boleyn in his affections and in his bed. The one who finally gave him a son. His one true love. Was she, though? Or did she die before she could have displeased Henry? Due… Read More Jane Seymour: Third Time’s The Charm
Merry Christmas to you – in this mini post I would like to share with you the origins of some traditions of Christmas and also a little bit of murder (why not it is Christmas). A week after Christmas, 29th December 1170 at the altar of Canterbury Cathedral the body of the Archbishop lay sprawled… Read More Murder, mistletoe and Misrule – with a side serving of Mince Pies: Some traditions and events of Christmas past in England.
I love visiting the ruins of a castle or abbey. There is something hauntingly beautiful about them, small fragments of the past that have survived. Yes, there are sites like the Tower of London that survived the centuries through restoration and rebuilds, but ruins – they are the skeletons of these ancient buildings. Readers of… Read More Whitehall Palace – the remains
Much has been written about the Tower of London, which began life in 1078 at the request of William the Conqueror. It has over 900 years of history; it is home to the crown jewels, and infamous as the site of a number of executions. In this post, I want to try to tell you… Read More Martin, Murder, Myths and more – fascinating stories about the Tower of London
In the year 1588 England was on the edge. The Spanish Armada had set sail from Europe to invade the English coast and to rid it of its Heretical Virgin Queen Elizabeth I and all who supported her. At this time, it was clear that the Armada would no longer be a threat as it… Read More The heart and Stomach of a King – Elizabeth I and the Tudor Blockhouses of Essex
In the Kent countryside lies a picturesque moated Castle, a castle which was the childhood home of Anne Boylen, Henry VIII’s second wife who was executed on the scaffold in 1536. This Castle is Hever and it has over 700 years of history to explore as well as 125 acres of grounds. Over the next… Read More Hever Castle