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!

Picture of the Week #429

Castle Acre Priory, Norfolk, England. Photo May 2015.

Castle Acre Priory was, not surprisingly, one of the many such buildings that were affected by the suppression of the monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII. The priory was handed over on November 22, 1537 and leased to the Duke of Norfolk, who later sold it to Thomas Gresham. The prior’s lodging (see the area near the middle of the photo with the pitched roof) was converted into a house, which is probably the reason that part remained mostly intact.

Visiting the priory was one of those ‘happy accidents’ of travel that I hope everyone experiences when they go abroad. When I was planning out the trip, I had decided to book a B&B for one night in Castle Acre because it was a good stopover place as I was heading from East Anglia towards the Midlands. As I was looking around to see the local attractions I discovered that the ruins of the priory were far more substantial than I had thought, so I decided to add it to the day’s plans and I’m glad I did! And I totally fell in love with the town of Castle Acre. There are the ruins of the old castle, the old medieval bailey gate, and the ruins of the priory all within easy walking distance from the center of town. I definitely recommend a stop if you’re in the area!

Upcoming Books and Exhibitions for February 2017

Books

A book slipped past me in January, as I suspected! (surprised there weren’t more…)

First up is The Turbulent Crown: The Story of the Tudor Queens by Roland Hui (and if I may be so presumptuous, a long-time friend of the site!) was released earlier in January in both the UK and US:

And the other new release Giles Tremlett’s Isabella of Castile: Europe’s First Great Queen which is out February 9 in the UK and March 7 in the US. I guess this technically isn’t “Tudor history”, but of course Isabella was Catherine of Aragon’s mother so I say it counts. 🙂

Events

This is actually in March, but I wanted to get it out early:

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.

Picture of the Week #427

St. Nicholas Church in Blakeney, Norfolk, England. Photo May 2015.

There are two towns in England with the name Blakeney – one in Norfolk and one in Gloucester, and I have now visited both. And if you’re wondering why someone would go out of their way to visit two towns with the same name in two different parts of England, for me there is a very good reason – that’s my mom’s family name! I grew up knowing about both towns (as well as Mountblakeney in Ireland – still on the to-do list) and remember when they were basically just a name and a dot on a map in the giant atlas in the local branch of the library (boy are we spoiled by Google Maps and Google Street View now!). I still don’t know what connection there may be between the towns and Mom’s family, but that’s a genealogy/history project for another day. I only drove through the town in Gloucestershire back in 1998, but on the 2015 visit I was planning to spend a number of days in East Anglia so I ended up in the Norfolk Blakeney for about half a day. I walked part of the Norfolk Coastal Path and explored the town a little and walked up to the church, seen above.

The church was mostly built between the 13th and 15th centuries and was resurfaced in the Victorian era. You can learn more about the building and its history here.

Sunday Short Takes

Welcome to the first round-up of 2017! I admit that I had a couple of things to post last week but I totally and completely forgot about it until about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. So, here are a couple of weeks’ worth of stories!

* V&A returns Tudor bedroom to original Sizergh Castle settingLondon museum formally transfers grand oak-panelled room, for which it paid £1,000 in 1891, to National Trust site in Cumbria

* A Tudor Childhood – Excerpted from Tracy Borman’s The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty

* Queen Elizabeth I’s long-lost skirt to go on display after being found on a church altar in Herefordshire – The altar cloth that I posted about last May will go on display at Hampton Court Palace and will undergo an 18-month restoration.

* How ‘Sherlock of the library’ cracked the case of Shakespeare’s identity – Don’t be put off by the title, this isn’t a “so-and-so actually wrote Shakespeare’s plays” article. In fact, it’s rather the opposite!

* Lucy Worsley’s Secrets of the Six Wives, which has already aired in the UK, will be airing on PBS stations in the US next weekend (check your local listings for times)

And finally – a video to finish off the post this week:

* Tapestry re-hang at Hampton Court Palace – The most surprising thing in the video is the use of Velcro to hang the tapestries. I mean how they hang them now, not how the Tudors did. 😉