Religion, Politics and Society in Early Modern England: What the Tudor Rebellions Tell Us

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

Who Killed the Princes in the Tower?

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?

Review: The Last Days of Anne Boleyn (BBC Two)

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)