Tag Archive: Henry VIII

Anna, Duchess of Cleves by Heather Darise

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Heather Darise explores the life of Anna, Duchess of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII in her new book titled Anna, Duchess of Cleves The King’s ‘Beloved Sister.’ The book takes a fresh look at Anna from the perspective of her upbringing in the Holy Roman Empire. Heather uses primary documents, including official marrage…

Dr Sean Cunningham talks Prince Arthur at the National Archives

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We featured Dr Sean Cunningham’s book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was a couple years ago on this site. Now you have chance to hear him talk about Prince Arthur and Henry VIII. Dr Cunningham will speak on Wednesday, 20 March at the National Archives. Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was…

18 Jan 1486: King Henry VII weds Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, 18 January 1486: Henry Tudor pledged to marry Elizabeth of York, the eldest daughter of King Edward IV on Christmas Day 1483 Before Henry fulfilled his pledge he would fight for the throne of England in the bloody Wars of the Roses. On 22 August 1485 Henry defeated Richard III at the Battle…

Archaeologists find 25 skeletons in medieval Cambridge friary

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More than 25 skeletons have been unearthed by archaeologists investigating the site of a medieval friary in the centre of Cambridge. Archaeologists say the skeletons are in good condition and they expect to find as many as 40 in the coming weeks. The land was home to a friary between 1290 and 1538, making many…

15 castles in Kent you can visit for a great family day out

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Canterbury Castle © Tim Stubbings The ruined Norman castle, which was begun by William the Conqueror in 1070, is one of the most ancient in Britain. The castle became a ruin in the 17th century after it was constructed as one of the three royal castles in Kent in the reign of Henry I (1100-1135)….

Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was by Sean Cunningham

Virtual book tours are taking over the internet. Earlier this year we took part in the blog tour for Kristie Dean’s book On The Trail of the Yorks. Today we are part of the tour for Sean Cunningham’s new book Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, a look at the life of Prince…

Sharing history of Kenilworth’s medieval Gatehouse

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The history of Kenilworth’s medieval Gatehouse is to be revealed to all. Warwickshire County Council’s in-house archaeology team, Archaeology Warwickshire, is working with Kenilworth Abbey Advisory Committee’s Harry Sunley Memorial Project on plans to open the 14th century ‘Tantara’ Gatehouse to visitors. The Gatehouse in Abbey Fields is the most significant standing remain of the…

The Many Faces of the Middle Ages: Medieval Facial Reconstruction

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Earlier this year the medieval world was flipped on its head with the discovery of King Richard III. One of the fascinating aspects of the project was the facial reconstruction of Richard III. But it wasn’t the first time facial reconstruction was utilized on a medieval skeleton. Facial Reconstruction What exactly is facial reconstruction and…

Medieval Glastonbury Tour: Rama App Review

Rama Travel App Medieval Exeter

We are back today with the trifecta for the Rama: Travel App. There was the Medieval Exeter tour and earlier this month I reviewed the Medieval Winchester tour. Last week Crimson Bamboo, the company behind the Rama Travel App released the Medieval Glastonbury tour by Tom Vivian (Twitter: @tomvivan). Medieval Glastonbury is available for $1.99…

Quarr Abbey monks ‘thrilled’ at World Monuments Watch listing

Monks at an Isle of Wight monastery say they are hopeful of saving medieval abbey ruins, after they were recognised in an international heritage survey. The Cistercian Abbey of St Mary’s at Quarr is among 67 “most at-risk” sites listed by the World Monuments Fund (WMF). The monks say the listing will make it easier…

Helen Castor’s ‘She-Wolves’ taste power in medieval England

Helen Castor’s very readable “She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth” is, she writes, “the kind of book I loved to read before history became my profession as well as my pleasure.” It’s full of beautiful, imperiled ladies; fearless knights; and remarkable, often unbelievable turns of fortune. Pause a moment if you feel this…

MAP: Ep 13b – St. Valentine’s Day Gift

Love is in the air today and lovers everywhere are affirming their love for each other. When it comes to great lovers of the Middle Ages their is none better than Henry VIII. After all he had six wives!!! Here is a collection of the love letters that Henry wrote to his first mistress Anne…

Couple’s home really is their castle

Cara McCandless and Barton Branstetter have never forgotten their storybook wedding trip to Thornbury Castle Hotel in South Gloucestershire, England. They lolled and loved in the footsteps of King Henry VIII, who spent 10 days in 1535 in the grand country fortress with his beloved Anne Boleyn. Then, 12 years after their 1994 wedding, the…

Six things you must do in Canterbury: Bagpuss, Chaucer and boats trips on the River Stour

A zippy new train service has put the tranquil cathedral city in Kent within an hour’s reach of London, making it an easy place to visit for many people. Gareth Huw Davies followed at high speed in the footsteps of the Canterbury pilgrims to the perfect Christmas destination. This is his must-do list… 1…ON THE…

She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth by Helen Castor

Medieval history is a fashionable but challenging period: the sources are often flimsy and obscure, yet modern readers have a craving for detail that is often absent from the prissy monkish chronicles of the time. The great challenge is to present the period’s subtle complexities without sacrificing historical authenticity. She-Wolves is a history of a…