Tudor Minute December 15 – Catherine of Aragon is coming into the world

Katherine of Aragon

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 15. Today in 1485 Isabella of Castile was in labor with her daughter, Katherine of Aragon, who was born overnight. Throughout her pregnancy, Isabella was traveling around in Andalucia fighting the Moors.…

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Tudor Minute December 14 – RIP James V

James V

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 14. Today in 1542 James V of Scotland died, after becoming ill when his army was defeated at the Battle of Solway Moss about three weeks before. He had already taken to…

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Tudor Minute December 13 – Bon Voyage, Sir Francis

Francis Drake

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 13.   Today in 1577 Francis Drake left for his voyage around the world. He would go on to successfully circumnavigate the globe, the first English explorer to do so, on a…

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Tudor Minute December 12 – Happy Birthday Anne of Denmark

Anne of Denmark

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 12. Today in 1574 Anne of Denmark was born. She would become the Queen Consort of James VI/I and would become Queen of England. She was born at Skanderborg Castle in Denmark,…

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Episode 094: Gresham, The Royal Exchange, and England’s First Mall

Episode 094 of the Renaissance English History Podcast was on Thomas Gresham and the Royal Exchange, England’s first shopping mall. (remember, if you like this show, there are a few ways you can help it succeed. The easiest – and free – is to leave a rating on iTunes. It…

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Tudor Minute December 11: Katherine Howard awaits her fate

Katherine Howard

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 11. Today in 1541 London (and Katherine Howard) was reeling from the executions of Thomas Culpepper and Francis Dereham, that happened yesterday. Dereham had been arrested after Thomas Cranmer let Henry know…

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A Look at Bernard Cornwell’s New Book Fools and Mortals

In the historical fiction genre, very few have made a mark like Bernard Cornwell. With his rich and celebrated bibliography, there is no doubt that Cornwell’s works have inspired readers to learn more about history. In my  history reading room round-up, already praised Cornwell’s take on the Anglo-Saxon period: “Bernard…

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Tudor Minute December 8 – Happy Birthday, Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Happy Birthday, Mary Queen of Scots! Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 8. It’s been a week of Mary, Queen of Scots, and that’s set to continue today, as it’s her birthday. She was born in 1542, the…

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Tudor Minute December 7 – Happy Birthday Lord Darnley

Lord Darnley

Tudor Minute December 7 Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 7. Today is the birthday of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, who was the grandson of Margaret Tudor by her second husband, Archibald Douglas. While he had a claim…

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Tudor Minute December 6: Happy St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day

Tudor Minute December 6 Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for December 6. Today is St. Nicholas Day, a day devoted to children in the Tudor period. During the feast of St. Nicholas, a boy from the choir would be…

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