A Year in Review: 2020

The year 2020 will likely go down as one of the most turbulent in our lifetime, yet though it all we found a way to come together using history. So let’s look at what happened here in 2020, what was popular and what everyone was talking about.

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What Did They Look Like? (Part One)

What is that old saying about idle hands? Well, this is what happens when I’m left alone with my phone for too long, and am reminded how fun FaceApp can be. So, for far too many hours I tried different variations of the portraits you know. Let’s begin with the Tudors and branch out from there.

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Bess of Hardwick: A Brief History

 

Four times the nuptial bed she warmed

And every time so well performed

That when death spoiled each husband’s billing

He left the widow every shilling. 

-Horace Walpole

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The Jewels of the Tudors – Part One (Guest Post)

Written by Lissa Bryan

Tudor nobles were taught from birth that God had chosen them to fill a particular station in life as a part of the Great Chain of Being. Part of their duty to their station was dressing appropriately for their rank. From the linen they wore to the jewels that adorned their person, every aspect of their attire had to properly reflect their position in life.

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The Political and Religious Influence of France on Anne Boleyn (Guest Post)

by Olivia Longueville

Anne Boleyn was one of the most controversial and captivating women of the Renaissance. For a time, she wielded a surprising level of influence over the volatile King Henry VIII, and her significance as the mother of one of England’s most important monarchs, Elizabeth I, cannot be denied.  This article explores how Anne’s education and experiences in the court of France during her formative years both enabled her to ascend to the heights of power while simultaneously setting the stage for her tragic death.
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Lady Anne Clifford (Guest Post)

Article by Steph Stohrer

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places:

Thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and

thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer

of paths to dwell in. – Isaiah, 58:12

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