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I Love the Tudors: 400 Fantastic Facts, by Mickey Mayhew #Tudors

New on Amazon UK and available for pre-order on Amazon USHenry VII’s father died in prison before he was born.Henry VIII was too fat to walk down the stairs.Mary Queen of Scots was almost killed by an earthquake at Sheffield Castle.Elizabeth I wore...
by The Writing Desk on Feb 15, 2016

Historical Fiction Spotlight ~ The Lady of Misrule, by Suzannah Dunn @SuzannahDunn

New on Amazon UK and Amazon USI saw her file it away: a good Catholic girl come to supervise her in her detention. Every girl in England, now, under the circumstances, made sure to be a good Catholic girl. Except her, of course. And, if only she knew...
by The Writing Desk on Jan 28, 2016

Guest Post ~ Writing Tudor Wales by Nathen Amin @NathenAmin

Available on Amazon UK and Amazon USI first became interested in the Tudor period around about 2010 when I read David Starkey’s “Henry VIII: Virtuous Prince”. It was a fascinating insight and introduction into the life and times...
by The Writing Desk on Jan 27, 2016

Book Launch ~ The Tudor Tutor: Your Cheeky Guide to the Dynasty, by Barb Alexander

New on Amazon US and Amazon UKFrom the bloody Wars of the Roses to Queen Elizabeth I’s iconic rule, the Tudor Dynasty was a period of sex, scandal, and intrigue. Monarchs such as Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I have become a part of modern pop cul...
by The Writing Desk on Nov 3, 2015

Ranking the Royals

Another week of anniversaries, as each and every week is. For followers of the British monarchy, it was the week of Elizabeths, with Queen Elizabeth I’s birthday (September 7) and Queen Elizabeth II assuming her well-deserved title of longest-r...
by streets of salem on Sep 11, 2015

A Kingdom for a Horse

This is the time of year that every teacher, at every level, is in a back-to-school mentality. I don’t feel like I’ve been out of school this particular summer, but nevertheless I am preparing for my fall classes with that usual sense of...
by streets of salem on Aug 22, 2015

Kings and Queens of England - Episode 3: The Tudors ()

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by Documentary TV on Jun 17, 2015

Why I like Wolf Hall

How many times have I read this story, taught this story, seen this story? Countless, yet I’ve been watching Masterpiece’s Wolf Hall faithfully and fervently these past two Sundays, despite some stiff competition. For reasons I don’...
by streets of salem on Apr 19, 2015

The Consummate Fool

As the title of Beatrice K. Otto’s engaging book, Fools are Everywhere. The Court Jester Around the World, asserts, fools are a universal phenomenon in the pre-modern world. Still, maybe it’s just my Anglophilia, but it’s always see...
by streets of salem on Apr 1, 2015

A Coronation Copy

On this day in 1559 (or perhaps the day before?) Queen Elizabeth I left her court for the Tower of London, commencing the three days of festivities which would culminate in her coronation. It strikes me as a good day, therefore, to (re-)examine the m...
by streets of salem on Jan 13, 2015

Mariée et Soumise de Elizabeth Moss

Chronique réalisée par Littlepadfoot :star: Au Temps des Tudors Tome 1 : Mariée et Soumise de Elizabeth Moss Nombre de pages :  446 pages Editeur : Harlequin Date de sortie : 21 novembre 2014 Collection :  Pemberley Langue :  Français ISBN-10:...
by Songe d'une nuit d'été on Jan 8, 2015

Marco Polo: Evocative History

I just finished watching the remarkable television tableau that is Marco Polo.  It was said by some to be Netflix's answer to Game of Thrones, but it's really nothing like that high fantasy of knight and dragon, because Marco Polo is about a rea...

Peaky Blinders: Peak Television

Thought I'd check in with a review of Peaky Blinders, two seasons in with a BBC production, available in the United States on Netflix, and telling the story of a gang in Birmingham, England, same name as the show, a few years after World War I.Like m...

Of Mice and Martyrs

On this day in 1555, two of the three “Oxford Martyrs’ were put to death for their manifest Protestant heresy by the government of her Catholic Majesty Queen Mary I, an event which went a long way in cementing her historical identity as &...
by streets of salem on Oct 16, 2014

Toys & Tudors

It’s been much quieter this week. Not as many voices around. My space is getting smaller and I’m having to push things out the way more often as I keep getting squashed. I hope it doesn’t get much smaller! There were some new voices...
by Bean On An Adventure on Aug 24, 2014

Toys & Tudors

It’s been much quieter this week. Not as many voices around. My space is getting smaller and I’m having to push things out the way more often as I keep getting squashed. I hope it doesn’t get much smaller! There were some new voices...
by Bean On An Adventure on Aug 24, 2014

One Powerful Painting

I’m still processing the subject of my graduate institute–the enduring fascination and evolving image(s) of the Tudors, collective and individual–even though it ended on this past Friday afternoon. The week was pretty intense: a lot...
by streets of salem on Jul 20, 2014

Bloomsbury Tudors

My upcoming summer institute is as much about Tudorism as it is the Tudors, and as I have studied the reception and appropriation of the Tudors in the ages that followed their rule it has become increasingly clear to me how influential children’...
by streets of salem on Jul 13, 2014

Taking on the “Hot” Tudors

I am deep into the preparations for my summer graduate institute next week: “The Tudors: History, Media and Mythology”. As I’ve got the history and historiography down, my preparations encompass watching lots of videos! This will be...
by streets of salem on Jul 11, 2014

June is for Jousting

While searching my usual sources for characteristic images of the month of June, I was struck by how many epic battles occurred during the most green and golden of months: there are as many images of conflict as there are of pastoral fields and full-...
by streets of salem on Jun 2, 2014


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