Picture of the Week #444

Medieval wall painting preserved at Norwich Cathedral. Photo May 2015.

Maybe not the most stunning photo I’ve ever taken, but I loved the scrolling vine pattern of this painting. I’d love to embroider this along the bottom of a skirt or something (note to self: find time to start sewing and stitching again…)

Upcoming Books and Events for May 2017

How can it already be time for the May round-up?!?

Books

Everyday Life in Tudor London: Life in the City of Thomas Cromwell, William Shakespeare & Anne Boleyn by Stephen Porter was released last fall in the UK and on Kindle, but the US hardcover is out on May 1.

Next up is Colouring History: The Tudors by author Natalie Grueninger of On the Tudor Trail and artist Kathryn Holeman is out May 1 in the UK and will be out later this year in the US.

And finally, Tudor Monarchs: Lives in Letters by Andrea Clarke is out on May 11 in the UK and later this summer in the US.

Events

Tudor Queens Day at Gainsborough Old Hall to be held on May 13, 2017 – join authors Alison Weir and Nicola Tallis and local historian Marilyn Roberts for talks on the wives of Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey. (This is another that I’m posting a month early in case tickets sell out!) PDF flyer with more information, including how to get tickets

This has a listing of a number of events between March and June – Power and Performance at Hampton Court PalaceJoin author and historian Lauren Johnson as she hosts an impressive line-up of speakers to explore ideas of power and performance in the lively Tudor court. The next talk is May 10 on “Sacred music and the Reformation”, followed by “Playing the fool” on May 23 by Suzannah Lipscomb. Ticket information is at the link.

Coming up at the end of June is The real Wolfhall – A celebration of its revival and Royal Tudor history at the actual Wolfhall manor house. Click here for more information on the event and how to purchase tickets.

Picture of the Week #440

The Garrick Inn, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

The Garrick Inn is right next to Harvard House in Stratford-upon-Avon and dates back to at least Elizabethan times, but some parts may be older. I didn’t stop in for a pint on my last visit but I’ll make sure to next time I’m in town (although who knows when that will be!).

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for April 2017

Books

A few books that have already been out for a while in the UK will be released in April in the US:

Amy Licence’s Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife is now out in the US after a release last fall in the UK.

Gareth Russell’s Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine Howard at the Court of Henry VIII was released in January in the UK and will be out on April 4 in the US with the slightly different title Young and Damned and Fair: The Life of Catherine Howard, Fifth Wife of King Henry VIII

Anne Boleyn in London by Lissa Chapman has been out since October in the UK and will be out later this month in the US.

And a couple of new books are out the month – it looks like the Scottish branch (i.e. descendants of Margaret Tudor) are getting some more attention these days:

Margaret Tudor’s daughter from her second marriage is the subject of So High a Blood: The Life of Margaret, Countess of Lennox by Morgan Ring is out in both the UK and US on April 6:

And Margaret Tudor’s great-granddaughter, Arbella Stuart is featured in Jill Armitage’s Arbella Stuart: The Uncrowned Queen which will be out April 15 in the UK. I don’t see a US release date yet, but I’ll update when if I get more info.

Events

Tudor Queens Day at Gainsborough Old Hall to be held on May 13, 2017 – join authors Alison Weir and Nicola Tallis and local historian Marilyn Roberts for talks on the wives of Henry VIII and Lady Jane Grey. (This is another that I’m posting a month early in case tickets sell out!) PDF flyer with more information, including how to get tickets

This has a listing of a number of events between March and June – Power and Performance at Hampton Court PalaceJoin author and historian Lauren Johnson as she hosts an impressive line-up of speakers to explore ideas of power and performance in the lively Tudor court. The next talk is April 25 on “Plays of persuasion”. Ticket information is at the link.

Exhibitions

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford opened at the Washington DC’s Folger Shakespeare Library in February and will run through the end of April.

Picture of the Week #437

Stained glass window at Harvard House, Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo May 2015.

From the information sign:

This stained glass was uncovered in the early 1900s during restoration works organised by local author Marie Corelli. Dating from between 1400 and 1500, it was probably brought here from another building. It is decorated with images of primroses, columbine, oak or holly leaves, and daffodils.

Sunday Short Takes

More buildings to save your pence for!

* Thornbury Castle, Honeymoon Spot of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, On Sale for $10.3 million – Although since this one is also a hotel, I think I would settle for just staying there instead of buying the whole thing. I know several readers of this site have been there, but it’s still on my ‘to do’ list!

* Barsham Manor House on rightmove – This property in Norfolk intrigues me. Henry VIII apparently stayed there several times and it’s in an area that some of my ancestors are from!

* Knole House has £20 million revamp and unveils the National Trust’s biggest conservation project ever – Not one you can buy or stay overnight at, but you can visit! More about Knole at the National Trust

* King Henry VIII’s sixth wife collaborated with Thomas Tallis to write music to rally her husband for war – The fragmentary manuscript pages were used as stuffing for cracks in the walls (!!!) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford

* Hans Holbein in England – Interesting blog post from The National Archives, including excerpts from primary sources

Picture of the Week #434

Lion rampant heraldic beast in the Chapel Court Garden at Hampton Court Palace. Photo May 2015.

This garden was one of the pleasant surprises upon my return to Hampton Court. In the 15 years since my last visit, this space opened in 2009 for the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne. The design is based on the view seen through the arches in The Family of Henry VIII painting (even though the painting actually depicts the Great Garden at Whitehall Palace – more info from the Royal Collection website).

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for March 2017

Books

Giles Tremlett’s Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen, which was released in February in the UK, will be out on March 7 in the US:

Events

Nicola Tallis, author of Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey will talk about her book at the Bradford on Avon Library on March 9, 2017. Click here for more details

And this has a listing of a number of events between March and June – Power and Performance at Hampton Court PalaceJoin author and historian Lauren Johnson as she hosts an impressive line-up of speakers to explore ideas of power and performance in the lively Tudor court. The first talk is March 28 on “Anne Boleyn: musician and composer”. Ticket information is at the link.

Exhibitions

Katharine, England’s Spanish Queen opened in the Visitor Centre at Peterborough Cathedral on January 16 and will run through March 15, 2017.

500 Years of Treasures from Oxford opened at the Washington DC’s Folger Shakespeare Library in February and will run through the end of April.

Picture of the Week #433

Private dining area at Palmer’s Farmhouse at Mary Arden’s Farm. Photo May 2015.

If I remember correctly, this is the area for the master of the house to have a private dinner, as opposed to the larger meal area that everyone ate at. Eventually I’ll have some photos from the Tudor meal they did in the main dining room while I was visiting. It was fun to watch!

Sunday Short Takes

I haven’t had some historical dream properties on the Sunday Short Takes for a while and now we have three. Save your pennies!

* This Elizabethan country house is for sale for the first time in 500 yearsPlas Clough in Denbighshire has previously been inherited by subsequent generations

* Grand Tudor mansion near Tamworth could be yours for £4millionHaselour Hall, which has been described as one of ‘the most charming half-timbered house in the county’, is being sold by Sutton Coldfield-based estate agency Aston Knowles.

* Castle fit for an escaping Queen on the market for £1.5 million500-year-old castle where Mary, Queen of Scots, stayed after escaping captivity from a nearby island

And in other news –

* Shakespeare in Italy – Study Shakespeare for two weeks in Italy this summer

* Behind the scenes at … Hampton Court Palace: See Henry VIII’s botch redecoration to impress Jane Seymour and stunning views from Palace roofThe Standard has taken a camera behind the scenes at Hampton Court Palace, inside its archaeological store and Tudor costume room, and to see the glorious views from the roof of the Palace.

* Introducing Open Access at The Met – I’m so happy to see more museums and galleries finally releasing public domain art *into* the public domain. It was established under Bridgeman v Corel (1999) that photographic reproductions of public domain works of art do not create a new copyright so the Met is coming into line with that decision. The question of photographs of 3D public domain objects hasn’t been quite as straightforward, but the Met is also making those copyright-free. Just a few examples: Armor Garniture of George Clifford (1558–1605), Third Earl of Cumberland and Standing salt with cover.

Picture of the Week #430

Church of St Michael the Archangel, Framlingham, Suffolk, England. Photo May 2015.

So far the only other picture I’ve used from St. Michael’s is the tomb of Henry Fitzroy (Picture of the Week #340) but expect to see more in the future. They were doing a recording when I first got over to the church (a short walk from the castle) so I wandered around the outside for a while and took a bunch of photos of some great overgrown and weathered graves in the churchyard. And I have a lot more photos of the interior, including some close-ups of features on Fitzroy’s grave.

And any fans of the show Detectorists might recognize the church from the show, although I seem to recall it was actually a stand-in for a library. At one point there is a scene of two of the characters sitting on a bench outside and I realized I sat on that very same bench after my walk around while I was waiting for them to open the church!