Alison Weir on Tudor Feminism, Norah Lofts, and the Cult of Anne Boleyn

About 2o years ago I read Alison Weir’s Six Wives of Henry VIII.  I remember starting it, laying in my bed in my attic bedroom when it was snowing outside.  I was immediately hooked on this saga of drama and the way lives could be forever changed because of the inability…

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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, englandcast.com. Here are some fun things I learned this episode: Decorating a fur with jewelry,…

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Random Friday Fun Facts: Dr. David Skinner and the music of the 16th century

About a month ago I was in the UK for a girls’ weekend (by myself), and as I’ve been trying to do more with my Renaissance English History Podcast lately (like my Tudor Minutes on youtube), I decided to find an interesting person to interview for the show.  At the…

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Old Music Monday: Blow Northern Wynd

I’ve been busy the past few days getting another Renaissance English History Podcast episode researched, written, recorded, and posted.  I’m always getting emails and facebook messages asking me what the music is that I use in the intro.  So I decided to do my Old Music Monday on the intro…

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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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Renaissance English History Geekdom

Many of you know that I geek out on Renaissance English History.  I still have a “bucket list” to do to get an advanced degree in it, but for now, I do what I can with books and travel. If you haven’t checked out my Renaissance English History Podcast yet,…

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