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You may have seen the news about the discovery of a contemporary carving of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge and how Paul Fitzsimmons, an antiques dealer, bought it for £75 and how it's now worth £200,000. It's a wonderful find and the good news is that Paul isn't keeping it to himself, it's going on loan to Hampton Court Palace. Thank you, Paul, and tha…
 
Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married from 14th November 1501 until Arthur's death on 2nd April 1502, but did they consummate their marriage? They certainly slept in the same bed, but did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor have sex? Find out what people said at the Legatine court hearing in 1529 and the Zaragoza hear…
 
Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled over England from 1558 to 1603, is one of England's most famous monarchs, and is seen by many as one of the best. But how much do you know about this Tudor queen? In this talk, historian Claire Ridgway shares 25 interesting facts about Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. You can see this podcast as a video at the following l…
 
Thank you to Sebnem for asking "Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?", something which has been popularised by the "Cousins' War" series of novels by Philippa Gregory and the TV adaptations of them. Is there any truth to this idea? Was Elizabeth of York in love with Richard III? Did Richard and his niece become lovers? And …
 
Thank you to all our wonderful subscribers, we can't believe that we've reached 60,000! Enjoy this quiz and let us know how you get on! The questions are here and the answers are below (no cheating!) 1) Who said: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”? 2) Who was…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 8th August 1503, King Henry VII's eldest daughter, Margaret Tudor, married King James IV of Scotland. Find out more about their marriage, and how it was arranged, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/rcBOxk8Emw4 …
 
On this day in Tudor history, 7th August 1574, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester's illegitimate son, Sir Robert Dudley, was born at Sheen. Find out more about Sir Robert Dudley, who grew up to be a mariner, cartographer and landowner, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the fol…
 
On this day in history, 6th August 1623, Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, the famous playwright, died. Find out a bit more about Anne Hathaway, and hear the tomb inscription written about her by her son in law, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:…
 
As well as running her Podcast and YouTube channel, author and historian Claire Ridgway runs the Tudor Society membership site. What's happening in August over at the Tudor Society? Find out all about August 2021's events from Claire. There's so much Tudor history to enjoy! Try out the Tudor Society with a 14-day free trial at https://www.tudorsoci…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1503, in the reign of King Henry VII, administrator Sir Reynold or Reginald Bray died. Who was Bray? What offices had he held? And what are his links to Westminster Abbey and St George's Chapel? Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a …
 
On 4th August 1598, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died. He'd been Elizabeth's chief advisor and a man she called her spirit. Hear a few more William Cecil facts in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link: https://youtu.be/YUQ…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 3rd August 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Lord Russell marched his troops from Honiton to Woodbury. They were off to put down the Prayer Book Rebellion. Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/g…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 2nd August 1514, Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, was granted a licence to found a college at his manor of Thornbury. Find out more about Thornbury Castle in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/AVM1fDFaFP8…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 1st August 1596, courtier John Ashley or Astley died. He and his wife Kat Ashley were loyal servants and friends of Queen Elizabeth I. Find out more about John Ashley in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/VppDg8yZ…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1549, Edmund Sheffield, 1st Baron Sheffield, was killed by a butcher during Kett's Rebellion in East Anglia. What happened? Find out in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link: https://youtu.be/JeEDNl-ZfDU Claire is the found…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 29th July 1504, in the reign of King Henry VII, the king's stepfather died. Find out a bit more about Thomas Stanley, and his role in helping his stepson take the throne, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those…
 
On this day Tudor history, 28th July 1540, in the reign of King Henry VIII, a client of Thomas Cromwell, who was also executed that day, ended his life on the scaffold. What was the magic and "detestable vice and sin" of which he was accused? Find out more about him in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.…
 
On 27th or 28th July 1553, Sir John Cheke was imprisoned in the Tower of London. But how had a royal tutor and secretary ended up being thrown in the Tower? Find out more about him in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/pnJ6-hJ3gas…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 26th July 1538, in the reign of King Henry VIII, George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury, died. Shrewsbury was a loyal servant of the Crown and a soldier. Find out more about him in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.b…
 
On this day in history, 25th July 1602, in the reign of King James I, thirteen-year-old Elizabethan actor Salomon Pavy was buried at the Church of St Mary Somerset, near Blackfriars Theatre. Find out more about Salomon Pavy and how he came to be an actor in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast …
 
On this day in Tudor history, 24th July 1594, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Catholic priest John Boste was executed in Durham. Find out more about Boste and what led to his brutal end in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/URKH7aj9qc0 Clai…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 23rd July 1584, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Protestant printer, bookseller and publisher John Day died. Find out more about this Protestant printer and the famous works he printed in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https…
 
On this day in history, 22nd July 1437 or 38, soldier and royal councillor John Scrope, 5th Baron Scrope of Bolton, was born. Find out more about Scrope and his service to the Yorkists, and later imprisonment, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://yout…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 21st July 1586, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, explorer Thomas Cavendish set sail from Plymouth. Where was he going and why? And how would he break Sir Francis Drake's record? Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following lin…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 20th July 1554, Philip of Spain, son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, arrived in England to prepare for his marriage to Queen Mary I. Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.Here's a link to a video on their marriage - https://youtu.be/289MSTDoZHA You can see this podcast as a…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 19th July 1543, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn died. Mary Boleyn is known for being Henry VIII's mistress at one point, and you can find out a bit more about her in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. Mary Boleyn playlist - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLepqWJ7TpkrKSxTb…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1565, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the queen's close friend and loyal servant, Kat Ashley, died. Find out more about Kat (also known as Katherine Ashley, Katherine Astley and Katherine Champernowne) in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from Claire Ridgway. Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, a…
 
On this day in history, 17th July 1537, in Scotland during the reign of King James V, Janet Douglas, Lady Glamis, was burnt to death. She was accused of plotting to poison the king! Find out more about what happened, and why James V hated her family, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from Claire Ridgway. Claire is the founder of the Tudor Soci…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 16th July 1517, the feast of St Francis, Frances Brandon was born. She was King Henry VIII's niece. Find out a bit more about Frances Brandon in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from Claire Ridgway. Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 15th July 1573, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, architect and theatre designer Inigo Jones was born. Find out more about this famous architect and the buildings he designed in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for …
 
On this day in Tudor history, 14th July 1514, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Christopher Bainbridge died in Rome. Who was this cardinal? Who claimed to have poisoned him and why? Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/f…
 
Today is the anniversary of the birth of John Dee, the astrologer, mathematician, alchemist, antiquary, spy, philosopher, geographer and adviser to Elizabeth I and influential statesmen. He was born on 13th July 1527 in the reign of King Henry VIII. Hear a few facts about John Dee in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, men who were described as "true soldiers of Jesus Christ", were burnt at the stake at Canterbury. Find out about John Bland, John Frankesh, Nicholas Sheterden and Humphrey Middleton, and their fates, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You …
 
On this day in Tudor history, 10th July 1561, Queen Elizabeth I visited the royal mint at the Tower of London to check on her new coins. Why was she producing new coins? What was the problem with the previous coinage? Find out in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. https://youtu.be/NhQYVAwvGvo…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 9th July 1575, Queen Elizabeth I visited Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, home of her favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Her stay would be a long one, 19 days! Find out a bit more about her stay at Kenilworth Castle in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podca…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 8th July 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, a rebellion began in East Anglia. It was Kett's Rebellion. Find out more about Kett's Rebellion, why it began, what happened next and what happened to the rebels leaders, in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this as a vid…
 
Author and historian Claire Ridgway is just putting the finishing touches to a course she's written for MedievalCourses.com on the fascinating 16th-century queen, Mary, Queen of Scots. The course goes live on 1st September 2021, but you can pre-order it right now and save $25 with coupon code MQS2021 by going to this page - https://medievalcourses.…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1553, in the short reign of Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey), Mary, eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, received news of her half-brother King Edward VI's death. Where was Mary received the news? What was she doing and what happened next? Find out in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire …
 
On this day in Tudor history, 6th July 1570, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Margaret Clement (née Giggs), adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More, died in Mechelen. Find out more about Margaret Clement, what Sir Thomas More had bequeathed her, and how she had helped some imprisoned priests, in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from histori…
 
In this latest edition in her "Facts about..." series, historian Claire Ridgway shares 18 interesting facts about Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane, who is also known as "The Nine Day Queen". Find out more about the fourth Tudor monarch from Claire. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/acYkWVtO9CA Book recommendati…
 
On 4th July 1623, Elizabethan composer William Byrd died. Find out about William Byrd, his association with Thomas Tallis, and his works, in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcasr as a video here:https://youtu.be/ROskKXH1wFA Here is a YouTube video of performances of his works:William Byrd…
 
On 3rd July 1557, Queen Mary I said goodbye to her husband, King Philip II of Spain, for the final time, although she didn't know it at the time. Find out more about why he had returned in the first place and what happened next in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this as a video here: https://you…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 2nd July 1594, a sexton and gravedigger known as Old Scarlett was buried at Peterborough Cathedral. Who was this man? Which two queens was he said to have buried? And what is his link to Shakespeare? Find out more about Old Scarlett in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.https://youtu.be/T…
 
As well as running this YouTube channel, author and historian Claire Ridgway runs the Tudor Society membership site. What is the Tudor Society and what's happening in July over at the Tudor Society? Find out all about July 2021's events from Claire. There are lots of Tudor goodies to enjoy. Try out the Tudor Society with a 14-day free trial at http…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 1st July 1536, less than two months after the execution of Anne Boleyn, Parliament passed legislation that meant that the king had no legitimate heirs. How strange! Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this as a video here:https://youtu.be/MpcB3jY2Pi4 -- Claire…
 
On this day in Tudor history, 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, set off on their progress to the north of England. Why did Henry VIII choose to go to the North? Find out in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/7fK7…
 
On 29th June 1613, the Globe Theatre, which had been built by William Shakespeare's company of players, burnt to the ground. Find out more about what happened in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:https://youtu.be/jUN9t-qPTJ4 Claire is the founder of the Tudor…
 
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