Throwback Episode 42: Lady Margaret Beaufort

Lady Margaret Beaufort

Lady Margaret Beaufort was Henry VII’s mother, so in a sense she gave birth to the Tudor Dynasty.  And now that I think about it, the birth of Henry Tudor is famous because it was so difficult for her…she was young (too young to be having children, and in the…

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Old Music Tuesday: Henry’s Musical Court & The Western Wynde Mass

Western Wind Mass

Yep, you read that right. The musical court of Henry VIII. While many of us think of the monarch with six wives as fat and pretty darn corpulent, he wasn’t always this way. In fact, when he was young, he was quite the hottie, impressing women with his jousting feats,…

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Five Things About Jasper Tudor You Really Will Want to Know (if you don’t already)

In my latest episode of the Renaissance English History Podcast I talked to Melita Thomas of Tudor Times about Jasper Tudor, uncle to Henry VII and perhaps the true Kingmaker of the 15th century.  I hadn’t know much about Jasper, other than what I’ve read in historical fiction (there is a lovely…

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How the Protestant Reformation Made Elizabethan Theater

Elizabethan Theater

Last week I got podcasty with Elizabethan Theater, which is appropriate considering Shakespeare’s birthday is coming up.  I’ll be doing several episodes on the theater – this was a general introduction to this great Elizabethan institution, and then my next episodes will be more focused on Shakespeare, Marlowe, Burbage, and…

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How to Self-Publish a Book in a Week

Yep, in case anyone is wondering, I do indeed have a lot of creative projects on the go right now. It’s been a study in project management keeping them all going, to be honest, and I’m truly glad that some of them are wrapping up soon.  It will free up…

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How Scotland arrived in Westminster

This week I’ve been re-reading Alison Weir’s The Lost Tudor Princess, Alison Weir’s book about Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s niece via his sister Margaret, who married the King of Scotland.  When her husband died, she married again for love, and had Margaret, who, because she was born on English soil became a…

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Tudor and Elizabethan Fashion, Clothing, and Sumptuary Laws

I just posted a fresh Renaissance English History Podcast on Fashion, Clothing, and Sumptuary Laws in Tudor and Elizabethan England.  Below is the audio to listen, and the show notes are on the podcast website, Here are some fun things I learned this episode: Decorating a fur with jewelry,…

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The History Reading Room: Gladiators, Nordic Scotland, and Champing

A roundup of my favorite history-related stories I’ve clipped recently! Gladiators: Live Fast Die Young From BBC History Magazine’s HistoryExtra blog: Everybody has ideas about Roman gladiators.  They’re a mainstay in movies, and we all have an impression of what it would be like to have to go into a…

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The Atheist’s Favorite Service: The Wonder of Choral Evensong

Choral Evensong

Here’s a niche audience waiting for a need to be met: If you’re in the UK, AND you want to hear choral evensong services near you, there’s a new site called It’s a searchable directory of evensong services throughout England.  If you’re into choral music, there’s no better place to…

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History Reading Room Weekly Roundup – Uhtred of Bebbanburg is arriving!

Here’s a roundup of the history stories that I’ve been reading this week! Stash of Medieval Knickers Discovered From BBC History Magazine’s HistoryExtra blog: Have you ever wondered what kinds of underwear people wore before there was comfy Fruit of the Loom’s made with nice soft cotton?  I have.…

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