The Most Surprising Things I Learned about Catherine of Aragon this month

I’ve been podcasting with Tudor Times again, this month about Catherine of Aragon. I have read countless books about Henry’s six wives, and Catherine always takes up a huge proportion of each book simply because of the large role she played in Henry’s life. She was married to him the…

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Mary I (but probably should)

Mary Tudor (aka Mary I, aka Bloody Mary) is the Person of the Month over on the Tudor Times website.  I did a podcast episode on her about a year and a half ago, and I wanted to revisit this much-maligned woman.  So here, for your reading pleasure – some random…

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The Execution of Lady Jane Grey

When I was 24 I moved to London because I was in love with the English choral tradition, and wanted to immerse myself in music and history.  I also happened to have a crazy crush on an Unavailable Man who lived there, but even though the man and I didn’t…

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Old Music Monday: Mary Tudor and Choral Music

I just finished another episode of my Renaissance English History Podcast (the most uncreatively named podcast ever!) (get it on itunes!) on Mary Tudor, and it got me thinking about church music during the five years that Mary reigned.  She wasn’t famous for endowing any colleges, or really supporting scholars,…

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