Early on in her marriage with the King of England Katherine of Aragon found herself very loyal to Spain and her father, Ferdinand of Aragon. Author, Alison Weir states in her book The Six Wives of Henry VIII, that Katherine greatly influenced her husband on the interests of Spain - sometimes more than the interests of England. It was obvious that Katherine was still very loyal to her father and her home country. At this point in their marriage Katherine was Henry's "go-to" [More]
Here at TudorsDynasty.com I try to put out new a article at least every other day, but sometimes it doesn't happen and sometimes I publish more. It's just the nature of the beast when I have a full-time day job. I've decided to start publishing a newsletter that will highlight the last 5-10 posts in case you've missed them. Here is newsletter #1 with the 10 latest posts on Tudorsdynasty.com You can click on the article name or picture to be directed to the post [More]
When was the last time you actually sat and thought about when or how something was created, or wondered where it came from? Recently I was watching a program about the Tudors that depicted them playing cards and I thought, I wonder what the history is behind playing cards? Playing cards originated in 9th century China during the Tang dynasty.ą During the same time in England, Alfred the Great was the King of Wessex and had become the dominate king in England. Fro [More]
Our friend Susan Abernethy at The Freelance History Writer was nice enough to let us share with you her article, "The English Sweating Sickness." Reading this article will give you some insight on life during Tudor times and the fear of catching the sweating sickness. In doing some research on Mary Boleyn for an article, I learned that Mary’s first husband William Carey died of the “sweating sickness” or the “English Sweate” in England in the summer of 1528. Thou [More]
As which was custom, Queen Victoria spent Christmas (1900) at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight - immobile due to terrible rheumatism in her legs and poor vision due to cataracts. After Christmas, sometime in January, she felt weak and unwell and by mid-month she was drowsy, dazed and confused. On 22 January 1901, she passed away at the age of 81. Her son, Edward (succeeded as Edward VII), and her eldest grandson, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, were at Victoria's [More]
I found a short 5-minute video on YouTube called, "Lady Margaret" - about the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. It's very entertaining and educational at the same time, please take a minute to check it out as it was created by Historic Royal Palaces. It touches base on the Wars of the Roses, the impact she had on Princess Mary's (later Queen Mary I) life, her son Reginald Pole's betrayal of the King and her ultimate execution.
1540 - Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex arrested & imprisoned on June 19, 1540. From the son of a blacksmith to the 1st Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell's fortunes grew, as did his friendship with Henry Vlll. That friendship with Henry is what inevitably caused his demise. Henry Vlll was an irrational man -- Thomas did not receive a trial, and was sentenced to the axe. 1566 - King James VI of Scotland/James l of England was born on this day, June 19, 1566. Jam [More]