Guest article by Samantha K. Cohen It is said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Of course this was said long after Gloriana left the stage for as everybody knows Cynthia, goddess of the moon adored pearls. Pearls, because of their shimmering beauty, are linked to the moon. They represent purity, virginity, and femininity all of which Elizabeth I put great store in.
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I was having a difficult time coming up with a topic for this week's podcast. I reached out to my followers on Facebook and a couple of them mentioned that they would be interested in finding out what got me interested in The Tudor dynasty in the first place. I thought it was a fantastic idea and so I ran with it. This episode begins talking about Henry VII and the Battle of Bosworth as well as Elizabeth of York and leads up to the birth of Prince Arthur. I discuss my [More]
By Patricia Deegan This is an article about the buildings and grounds of the monasteries rather than the religious people within them or their religious practises. Although a number of the original Christian communities in Britain (the Celtic Church) had had monasteries, the monks during that period lived almost like hermits in separate cells within the monastery grounds. However there gradually came a movement within western Europe that led to a more communal way of [More]
The Privy Council was a group of men who were advisers to the King. It included a variety of men including those from the religious sector to very important state offices, as you'll note from the list. After 1540 the Privy Council (19 men) worked together as a board having letters and warrants signed collectively by them. The Privy Council sat virtually every day. Within it Court and State became as one, for the Privy Council met almost exclusively at Court after the [More]