Recently, primarily through examination of the Tudor Rebellions, it has become clear to me that modern historians may have a somewhat erroneous understanding of religion, politics and society in Early Modern England and he links between them. Typically, they are examined separately, as individual causes or factors that make up one particular event. For example, … More Religion, Politics and Society in Early Modern England: What the Tudor Rebellions Tell Us
It appears as if most of us always think of women when thinking of the early modern witch-hunts. This hasn’t been helped by the depiction of witches in popular culture, films and TV, but it makes us forget the array of complexities encompassing early modern witchcraft and its crime. So how did the witch-hunts come … More Women and the Early Modern Witch-Hunts
It is summer, 1483. Twelve-year-old Edward V of England and his nine-year-old brother Richard, Duke of York, are never going to be seen playing in the Tower of London grounds again. Their mother and former queen, Elizabeth Woodville, had managed to escape to sanctuary underneath Westminster Abbey, fearing that herself and her daughters would also … More Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?
At the end of May BBC Two released an hour-long TV programme examining Anne Boleyn’s downfall and the conspiracies surrounding it. For avid Tudor/Boleyn fans, it was an eagerly awaited investigation into the events of 1536, in addition to being surprisingly detailed and carefully discussed for what was essentially ‘public’ history. The main coverage is … More Review: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (BBC Two)
Welcome to Minorities Month on our blog! Today I’m going to discuss the term ‘heretics’ as a minority in Tudor England. After Henry VII’s victory at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, the sixteenth century became dominated by a new and eventually infamous dynasty known as The Tudors. The severing of the Church with Rome … More Heretics in Sixteenth-Century England
Also known as the ‘Nine Days’ Queen’, Lady Jane Grey remains a surprisingly overlooked figure in English History. Most people today with a degree of interest in the past will perhaps recognise her from Paul Delaroche’s infamous and romantic portrait of her execution, despite its exceptional inaccuracy, yet are not aware of Jane’s story or … More The Tragedy of Lady Jane Grey