"Most humbly prostrate before the feet of your most excellent majesty, your most humble, so faithful and obedient subject, who has so extremely offended your most gracious highness that my heavy and fearful heart dare not presume to call you father, deserving of nothing from your majesty, save that the kindness of your most blessed … Continue reading Mary Tudor & the Letter of 1536
Edward VI was the much longed for male heir when he was born in 1537. His father Henry VIII must have felt a certain amount of reassurance that his throne would now be inherited by a son, and not one of his daughters Mary and Elizabeth. Yet despite making Mary and Elizabeth illegitimate, he included … Continue reading Edward VI & the ‘Devise for the Succession’
What did it mean to be the heir to a royal house and know your future was to be King? Well Prince Arthur had some experience in this area. He was the firstborn son of King Henry VII of England and his Queen Elizabeth of York. Born in 1486, only a year after his father's … Continue reading Heir and Spare
Elizabeth I is known as one the greatest monarchs in English history. She ruled England for 45 years overseeing the crushing defeat of the Spanish Armada and creating a manageable religious settlement between England's Catholic and Protestants (which was no easy feat in early modern Europe!). Yet the Elizabethan age may never have happened, one … Continue reading The Turning of the Tide
Most people know of the tragic ‘nine day’s queen’ Lady Jane Grey, but her younger sisters Katherine and Mary often get overlooked. However, in 2012 Katherine was brought vividly to life in Alison Weir’s historical fiction novel A Dangerous Inheritance, which throws to light Katherine’s life in the vicious Tudor court and her doomed marriage … Continue reading Heart over Head: The Doomed Marriage of Lady Katherine Grey
Henry VIII is one of the most well-known monarchs in British history and accordingly features in an impressive amount of films, TV shows and books. From Wolf Hall to Carry On Henry – he has been presented in a variety of ways. Lipscomb’s book, rather than just being another addition to Henry’s bibliography, stands out … Continue reading Recommendation: ‘The King is Dead: The Last Will and Testament of Henry VIII’ by Dr Suzannah Lipscomb.