the tudors

Thomas Cromwell – Tracy Borman

As if my terrible Thomas Cromwell crush after reading Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies (which I finished rereading last night and can confirm is still very much one of the greatest books that I have ever read) wasn’t already bad enough, it seems to have increased ten fold lately thanks to the BBC version of the novels, which ends this week (woe and lamenting), in which Cromwell is played with superlative skill and panache by Mark Rylance. I really wasn’t sure about Rylance at first as he seemed to me to be lacking Cromwell’s trade mark bulk and […]

Tudor fun at Hampton Court Palace

As you will all no doubt know by now, I have been a fan of the Historic Royal Palace team’s work for a really long time. It’s hard to think of many other organisations so wholeheartedly committed to bringing the past to life and who consistently work so hard to make learning about history so fun and fresh and relevant to modern day audiences. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they take care of such a fascinating array of properties but while other organisations might perhaps take a more conservative approach, they prefer instead to take a much more modern, […]

Wolf Hall on BBC2

As you probably all know by now, I am a MASSIVE HUUUGE fan of Hilary Mantel’s series of books about Thomas Cromwell (in fact, I’ve been a MASSIVE HUUUGE fan of Hilary Mantel since I picked up A Place of Greater Safety a couple of days after it was first published) and have been beside myself with excitement about the upcoming television series, which is due to hit BBC2 on the 21st of January. Hurray. I was pleased as punch to finally see the trailer last night but fell asleep before I could share it with you all. I know, […]

Margaret Tudor, 28th November 1489

Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and his peculiarly enigmatic queen, the flaxen haired and pulchritudinous Elizabeth of York and the elder sister of Henry VIII was born in Richmond Palace on 28th November 1489. She was married by proxy to James IV, King of Scotland on 24th January 1502, aged just twelve then packed off away from her family and everything that she knew to Scotland and a husband who, although reputedly very good looking and charming, was sixteen years her senior and well known for his philandering ways. Let’s make it clear though that young Margaret, although reportedly […]

Why do we love Anne Boleyn?

Anne Boleyn. Photo: National Portrait Gallery, London. ‘Good Christian people, I am come hither to die, for according to the law, and by the law I am judged to die, and therefore I will speak nothing against it. I am come hither to accuse no man, nor to speak anything of that, whereof I am accused and condemned to die, but I pray God save the king and send him long to reign over you, for a gentler nor a more merciful prince was there never: and to me he was ever a good, a gentle and sovereign lord. And […]

Mary, Queen of Scots’ first wedding day

‘All I can tell you is that I account myself one of the happiest women in the world‘ – Mary, Queen of Scots to her mother on the morning of her wedding. The ill fated wedding of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland and the Dauphin François of France took place on the 24th April 1558 at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. The young couple had been closely raised together since they were small children and so were the very best of friends and must have felt more like siblings than man and wife. The fourteen year old groom was the […]