Blog Posts - Tudors



Pomanders and the Plague

Early December is busy for any academic, so just about the only handcrafted Christmas decoration/gift I can manage is the humble pomander. I wrap rubber bands and ribbons around oranges and lemons as Martha Stewart advises, and then stick in the clov...
by streets of salem on Dec 11, 2016

Pastry Castles

There is much focus on food and drink during December, of course, and today I’m thinking about “pastry castles”, an early form, perhaps, of our own American gingerbread houses? The British Library recently digitized one of the oldes...
by streets of salem on Dec 9, 2016

New Historical Fiction: The Beaufort Woman: Book Two of The Beaufort Chronicles, by Judith Arnopp

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USMargaret Beaufort's story continues inThe Beaufort WomanAs the struggle between York and Lancaster continues, Margaret Beaufort fights for admittance to the court of the victorious Edward IV of York and his unpopular que...
by The Writing Desk on Dec 8, 2016

New Historical Fiction ~ First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson

Available from Amazon UK and Pre-Order from Amazon US‘The throne must be a lonely place when you do not have close family, whose loyalty you can rely on.’Jasper Tudor, son of Queen Catherine and her second husband, Owen Tudor, has grown up f...
by The Writing Desk on Dec 5, 2016

The Tudor’s Road to Bosworth Part 7: The Battle of Bosworth

In this series I have followed the progress of Henry and Jasper Tudor from Pembroke Castle to their long exile in Brittany and return with an army to Wales. Their long march, covering as much as twenty-six miles a day, ended when they encountered Kin...
by The Writing Desk on Aug 21, 2016

New Audiobook - OWEN Book One of The Tudor Trilogy

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USEngland 1422: Owen Tudor, a Welsh servant, waits in Windsor Castle to meet his new mistress, the beautiful and lonely Queen Catherine of Valois, widow of the warrior king, Henry V. Her infant son is crowned King of...
by The Writing Desk on Aug 15, 2016

Book Review: Henry VII The Maligned Tudor King, by Terry Breverton

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USTerry Breverton’s passion for the subject shines through in his much-awaited new book on King Henry VII. I was fascinated by the fresh perspective of this weighty book (at over 400 pages). With a good co...
by The Writing Desk on Aug 10, 2016

The Tudors’ Road to Bosworth Part 6: The Tudors Land at Mill Bay in Pembrokeshire

After following the long exile of Jasper and Henry Tudor in Brittany I have now returned to Pembrokeshire in West Wales.  The Tudors had made an unsuccessful attempt to invade England in 1483 but learned from this near disaster. On Monday the 1s...
by The Writing Desk on Aug 7, 2016

The Tudors’ Road to Bosworth Part 5: Jasper Tudor at Château Josselin, Brittany

In this series I have followed Jasper Tudor and his nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales to their long exile in Brittany. Young Henry Tudor found himself deep in the forest at the remote Forteresse de Largoët, outside of the Breton town of El...
by The Writing Desk on Aug 5, 2016

The Tudor Society, by Claire Ridgway

Thank you, Tony, for inviting me to your blog to share a little about the Tudor Society, why it exists and what it is.I’m Claire Ridgway, a Tudor history researcher and writer, and creator of the Anne Boleyn Files website. I started the Tudor Socie...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 25, 2016

The Tudors' Road to Bosworth Part 4: Henry Tudor at Forteresse de Largoët, Brittany

In this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his young nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales and their arrival in Brittany. The Tudors enjoyed relative freedom together in Vannes as guests of Duke Francis of Brittany, then at the Château de Susc...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 24, 2016

New Tudor Book ~ Prince Arthur: The Tudor King Who Never Was, by Dr Sean Cunningham

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USDuring the early part of the sixteenth century England should have been ruled by King Arthur Tudor, not Henry VIII. Had the first-born son of Henry VII lived into adulthood, his younger brother Henry would never have bec...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 24, 2016

The Tudor’s Road to Bosworth Part 4: Henry Tudor at Forteresse de Largoët, Brittany

In this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his young nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales and their arrival in Brittany. The Tudors enjoyed relative freedom together in Vannes as guests of Duke Francis of Brittany, then at the Château de Susc...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 24, 2016

New #Tudor Book ~ Henry VII: The Maligned Tudor King, by Terry Breverton

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USHenry Tudor, the future Henry VII, has been called the most unlikely King of England. Yet his rise from obscurity was foretold by the bards, and by 1485, the familial bloodbath of the Wars of the Roses left Henry as the...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 17, 2016

The Tudors' Road to Bosworth Part 3: Exiled at Château de Suscinio, Brittany

In the first two parts of this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his fourteen-year-old nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales and their arrival in Brittany. The Tudors are recorded as spending a year in Vannes as guests of Duke Francis of Britt...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 16, 2016

The Tudor’s Road to Bosworth Part 3: Exiled at Château de Suscinio, Brittany

In the first two parts of this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his fourteen-year-old nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales and their arrival in Brittany. The Tudors are recorded as spending a year in Vannes as guests of Duke Francis of Britt...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 16, 2016

Review: Lamentation (The Shardlake Series) by C. J. Sansom

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USSummer, 1546. King Henry VIII is slowly, painfully dying. His Protestant and Catholic councillors are engaged in a final and decisive power struggle; whoever wins will control the government of Henry's success...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 15, 2016

Book Launch ~ The Virgin's War: A Tudor Legacy Novel by Laura Andersen

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USAs the Spanish Armada approaches Irish shores, Elizabeth I feels the full burden of her royal office. She must not let England fall to her former husband, King Philip of Spain. And Princess Anabel, their daughter, has ye...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 12, 2016

The Tudors' Road to Bosworth Part 2: Exiled at Château de l’Hermine, Brittany

In part one of this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his fourteen-year-old nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales. It is said their ship was forced to shelter from a storm at the island of Jersey before the long and risky sea voyage saw them l...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 10, 2016

The Tudor’s Road to Bosworth Part 2: Exiled at Château de l’Hermine, Brittany

In part one of this series I followed Jasper Tudor and his fourteen-year-old nephew Henry’s escape from Tenby in Wales. It is said their ship was forced to shelter from a storm at the island of Jersey before the long and risky sea voyage saw them l...
by The Writing Desk on Jul 10, 2016


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