Spotlight: Tudor History Lovers

“Spotlight” is a new feature to TudorsDynasty.com – This feature will be used to spotlight another Tudor-related website, social media account, or author.

Our first “Spotlight” recipient is the Facebook page, Tudor History Lovers. This page was created by our friend, Susan Abernethy. You might recognize her name because she is also a guest author on this site. Susan is one of the very first people who took interest in what I was doing and was kind enough to give me advice and tips.

Susan runs a few Facebook pages and is an admin for several groups along with having her own website called, The Freelance History Writer. Her Facebook pages include: Tudor History Lovers, Medieval History Writers and The Freelance History Writer.

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We interviewed Susan to get a better feel for who she is and what she enjoys.

TD: Your website The Freelance History Writer covers more than just English history. Can youfill everyone in on what they can find on your website?

SA: Thanks Rebecca for inviting me to talk about my favorite subject, history! Yes my specialtyis English and Tudor history. But The Freelance History Writer has so much more of interest.There are several particular sections on the blog. Included is a page with the history of all the
major medieval cathedrals in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. There are many fabulouswomen in Scottish history so I have a special section on them. Ever since my college days, Iveenjoyed French history, especially medieval and Renaissance and I have a big section dedicatedto France. Another page Ive started lists all the articles related to the History Channel televisionshow Vikings and I have an adjunct blog with book reviews on all the books Ive read forhistorical research.

TD: What made you decide to start a Facebook page called Tudor History Lovers and how longhas the page been active?

SA: Ive had two pages on Facebook for many years. The first one I started is called MedievalHistory Lovers and the second page is the companion to the blog, The Freelance History Writer.At first I was posting Tudor related history to Medieval History Lovers but eventually, about six
months ago, I decided the Tudors deserved a page of their own. The page is meant to reachserious lovers of Tudor history as I found some Facebook pages on the era lacked authenticity.Within the last year, I had been doing a lot of research into the Wars of the Roses so the page
covers the period from the beginning of the Wars of the Roses to the death of Elizabeth I. WhatI enjoy about having these history pages is it allows me to learn about other eras and historicaltopics when Im looking for things of interest to post.

TD: If you had to choose one person from the Tudor period to travel a long distance with, whowould that be?

SA: Last year I read a biography of Bess of Hardwick by Mary Lovell. This was a fantastic book,so well researched and so well written. It was a joy to read. Bess herself is such a captivatingcharacter and was held in high esteem by Elizabeth I. She was an incredible entrepreneur, anunlikely position for a women in those times. She was possibly the most successful businessperson of the entire Tudor era. I would love to have a personal tour of her private homes ofChatsworth and Hardwick Hall and of all her commercial enterprises.

TD: What’s your favorite Tudor-related book, and why?

SA: This is a really hard question Rebecca because I have so many favorites. Ive alreadymentioned Mary Lovells book on Bess of Hardwick. I would be remiss if I didnt mention two of Alison Weirs books. Her book The Lady in the Tower is a complete analysis of the downfall ofAnne Boleyn. She covers all the angles and even has a list of the dates she allegedly had sexualrelations with her lovers and what Anne was actually doing on those dates. Of course it doesntadd up. And Weirs biography of Elizabeth of York is just a masterpiece. But my most recentfavorite is Lacey Baldwin Smiths Henry VIII: The Mask of Royalty. I was sad to finish thisbook. Its the best psycho-history biography Ive ever read. Smith really gets down to thefundamentals of Henrys personality.

TD: Who do you think is the most underrated Tudor period “character”?

SA: Lately Ive been looking into a most intriguing Tudor character. She is Anne Seymour, neStanhope, the wife of Queen Jane Seymours brother Edward, Duke of Somerset. She has hadthe misfortune of suffering from a bad reputation by historians based on a misconception. Idont doubt that she was a proud woman and may have displayed a bad temperament. She evenlanded in the Tower of London when her husband lost his position as Lord Protector during thereign of Edward VI.

But before the death of Henry VIII, Anne was a strong Protestant and she managed to remain inthe good graces of Queen Katherine Parr and the Lady Mary, two women on the opposite ends ofthe religious spectrum. Mary released Anne from the Tower after she became Queen. Annewent on to live a long and prosperous life from that point on and had many works of literaturededicated to her. She obviously was an educated woman and a patron of the arts. Retha MWarnicke has done of good job toward working to restore Annes reputation in her bookWicked Women of Tudor England.

TD: You’re online nearly every day – what’s the first history-related website (other than yourown) you visit each day?

SA: Good question. I dont visit a specific history-related website but I have an account withBloglovin.com. This is a clearinghouse where you can enter all your favorite blogs and when anew article is posted, you get them in your news feed on Bloglovin. So every morning, I get a listof new articles from my chosen favorite history websites. Its really a great resource for findingarticles to post to my Facebook pages.

TD: Do you have any plans for writing a book in the future?

SA: Funny you should ask that! Ive had countless people encourage me to write a book. Imgood at tossing around ideas but havent committed to anything. Right now Im enjoyingresearching and writing for The Freelance History Writer. Im having too much fun!

TD: If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you go?

SA: Right now Im working on a trip to France which has been a dream of mine since I was ateenager. I want to visit as many medieval sites as possible, especially the domain of Williamthe Conqueror. Id love the see the Bayeux Tapestry. And someday Id like to visit Scandinavia
and Ireland, the lands of my ancestors.

TD: What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

SA: I dont think a lot of people know I love movies! My parents took me to many movies whenI was a kid and my husband and I go to the theater at least once a week. We also attend theTelluride Film Festival here in Colorado every other year. Telluride is an old mountain goldmining town at 9,000 feet above sea level. The festival is held over Labor Day Weekend in earlySeptember and its five days of complete movie bliss. We look forward to it.

We’d like to sincerely thank Susan Abernethy for taking the time to answer our questions. We’d also like to publicly thank her for being such a great mentor and support system to budding bloggers all over the world. Today, we recognize you, Susan. 🙂

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