Marry in Secret, Repent in the Tower (Guest Post)

Marry in secret, repent in the Tower: Walter Raleigh’s marriage and imprisonment. 

By R.N. Morris, author of Fortune’s Hand. 

It is said that after Walter Raleigh’s death, his widow Bess carried his mummified head around in a velvet bag. If true, it says a lot about the peculiar bond of affection that existed between them (emphasis on the word peculiar). It’s also confirmation of L.P. Hartley’s famous insight about the past. They really did do things differently there. 

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The Other Seymours: John Seymour, Son of Katherine Fillol


I have no delusions that this article will not be confusing with all the Edwards and Johns, and it’s because of that I’ve included this list of players to help you differentiate between them:

Edward Seymour/Sir Edward – Later Duke of Somerset, married both Katherine Fillol and Anne Stanhope.

Sir John Seymour – Father of Edward Seymour, later Somerset.

John Seymour – First son born to Katherine Fillol and ?

Edward Seymour/Lord Edward – Son of Edward Seymour and Katherine Fillol

Katherine Fillol – First wife of Edward Seymour/Sir Edward

Anne Stanhope – Second wife of Edward Seymour/Sir Edward

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The Plague of 1536-7 and Jane Seymour’s Delayed Coronation

Guest article by Sylvia Barbara Soberton

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed our lives in a way that has not been seen since the 1918 Spanish Flu epidemic. We live our lives knowing that a dangerous virus is out there, killing people every day. We are not used to this. When I was writing my new book, Medical Downfall of the Tudors, it really struck me that in the sixteenth century people lived with dangerous infectious diseases every day because epidemics swept through England on a regular basis, killing children and adults alike.

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A Brief History: Jane the Fool

Guest article by Stephanie Stohrer

The earliest references to what we know as court jesters, or fools, date back to the 5th dynasty of Egypt, whose Pharaohs employed Pygmies as dancers and buffoons. For centuries, royalty and nobility have hired comic entertainers whose perceived madness or imbecility (whether real or pretended, as I will explain shortly) provided amusement to their superiors.

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Under Which Tudor Monarch Did This Occur?

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Under Which Tudor Monarch Did This Occur?

Do you think you know England's history from 1485 to 1603? See if you know which Tudor monarch was reigning during each of these important events!

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The storm now known as the "Protestant Wind" destroyed the Spanish fleet sent to invade England and prevented what could have been the invasion to overthrow this monarch in an effort to restore Catholicism.

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The feuding houses of Lancaster and York were united during this monarch, thus ending the Wars of The Roses.

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Wyatt's Rebellion was an uprising led to prevent this monarch from marrying a Spanish ruler, and potentially even overthrow them.

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During this monarch's reign, the English defeated the Scottish army at the Battle of Flodden and King James IV of Scotland was killed.

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Under this monarch, Calais, England's final territory on the continent, was lost to the French after nearly two centuries.

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Under this monarch, significant reforms to religious activities began to take place, resulting in the abolition of clerical celibacy, services being led in English, and The Act of Uniformity which established The Book of Common Prayer as the instrument with which one should worship.

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An uprising led by Robert Aske, known as The Pilgrimage of Grace, occurred in favor of resuming Catholic observances and the safe return of nuns and monks to their homes after the Dissolution of the Monarchies during this monarch.

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The first captain to lead a circumnavigation around the world in a single expedition, Francis Drake, is awarded knighthood by this monarch.

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The shortest reign of all English monarchs is held by this nine-day monarch.

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Perkin Warbeck, a pretender to the English throne, claimed to be Richard of Shrewsbury, Duke of York, second son of Edward IV at the Court of Burgundy, and ultimately gained support to overthrow this monarch.

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Catherine of Aragon and Elizabeth I (Guest Post)

Guest article by Samantha K Cohen

Catherine of Aragon was born on December 16th 1485, the year Henry VII established the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth I died March 24th 1603, the year James VI of Scotland became James I of England.  

As a child of three, Catherine of Aragon, the youngest daughter of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile was betrothed to Henry VII’s heir, three year old Prince Arthur. In 1501, Catherine and Arthur both fifteen, were married. In 1502 Arthur died. The marriage lasted less than six months.

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