Category Archives: Tudors

The lost prince of Tudor England

I was very excited to hear that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have had a new baby girl – Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. It’s amazing to think that such a tiny little person has the opportunity to make her mark on history in such … Continue reading

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A song to die for?

A little while ago I discovered how in Elizabethan England, a musical performance – in that case of a piece by Sheppard in 1569 – could be politically explosive. But in the England of Henry VIII your choice of song and the … Continue reading

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A castle, a cathedral, and two rebellious earls

The year is 1569, and in the hallowed surroundings of Durham Cathedral, something earth-shattering is taking place: they are singing Mass. Perhaps this is not especially significant in itself – after all, Mass was sung every day in that cathedral for … Continue reading

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In which I almost succumb to dressing up as a Tudor…

Historical reenactments get a bit of a bad press. They’ve got an image of being incredibly nerdy (dare I say ‘weird’?) and ever-so-slightly sinister. On Midsomer Murders the members of the war reeactment society rub shoulders with serial killers, devil-worshippers and others … Continue reading

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In the footsteps of Margaret Tudor

We tend to think of history as all to do with time: it’s all about things that happened in the past. True, some events always have a place attached to them – the Battle of Hastings, Bosworth, Edge Hill, Culloden – but how … Continue reading

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