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The Lost Tudor Prince

Arthurs-Chantry-Worcester-Cathedral Prince Arthur's Chantry at Worcester Cathedral
1502 saw a huge blow dealt to the, still fragile, Tudor dynasty. by Author Following his victory over Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth, in August 1485, Henry Tudor was crowned Henry VII of England. He set about cementing his hold on the throne by marrying Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV. This has been, rather simplistically, explained...
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Princess Elizabeth - The Prisoner

Princess Elizabeth - The Prisoner
Elizabeth I, revered by many as the greatest of the Tudor monarchs, was an unlikely queen. With the benefits (or myopia) of hindsight we know that Elizabeth reigned longer than any other Tudor monarch but her journey to the crown of England was long, dangerous and by no means certain. During the reigns of her half-siblings she found her position, a...
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Servants and Masters

Servants and Masters
The relationship between servants and their masters has long been a topic of interest for playwrights, screen writers and authors. Our appetite, as readers and observers, is ever hungry (who else is hoping they are secretly thinking of bringing Downton Abbey back?)  In this 5-min history fix I am going to take you on a quick journey to four pl...
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Shakespeare's Childhood

Shakespeare's Childhood

William, the third child of John Shakespeare and Mary (nee Arden), was born in April 1564. No one knows for certain the date on which William Shakespeare was born. Many like to believe it is the 23rd April, the same date on which he died 52 years later. It’s plausible. The records of Holy Trinity Church record his baptism on 26th April 1564 and it was customary at the time for newborn babies to be christened on the next Sunday or Holy Day following the birth. It is also widely accepted that he was born at the house now known as ‘Shakespeare’s Birthplace’ on Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

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Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn
My blog this week is coming to you from the magical and enchanting Hever Castle, childhood home of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII and mother of Elizabeth I. I can not help but be moved by Anne's story whenever I hear it retold but sitting here, in the castle gardens of her childhood home, her safe place, the place which held such good memor...
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Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I: A tale of no winners

Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I: A tale of no winners
Elizabeth I of England and Mary, Queen of Scots, were both descendants of Henry VII. Mary was the grand-daughter of Henry's eldest daughter Margaret, who had become Queen of Scots on her marriage to James IV of Scotland. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VII's son, Henry VIII. Nostalgia for the Tudor kings and queens has often clouded the general...
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