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Katherine Howard and the Importance of Gender History

| January 23, 2013

“In histories that treat men as three-dimensional and complex personalities, the women shine forth in universal stereotypes: the shrew, the whore, the tease, the shy virgin, or the blessed mother”.1 Women in the early modern period were gloomily viewed as being “a defective being, the ‘botched male’ of the Greek tradition whose main characteristics were … Read the Rest …

Anne Boleyn: A Martyr or Seductress

| September 19, 2011

Anne Boleyn is one of the most controversial talked about women from the 16th century. From stories heard around the world, Anne enticed men into her bed, was incestuous with her brother George and had planned on killing the King of England. In Joanna Denny’s book, Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England’s Tragic Queen, … Read the Rest …

Thomas Cromwell: An Appraisal of History’s Whipping Boy

| July 28, 2011

Born in the depths of obscurity in London, England, it comes as no surprise to learn that almost nothing is known of Thomas Cromwell’s early, formative years. Reverse dating places the year of his birth at approximately 1485, and he was the son of Walter Cromwell, a shearman, and sometime beer brewer. The only other … Read the Rest …

The Brief Life of Guildford Dudley

| April 11, 2011

Like his wife, Lady Jane Grey, Guildford Dudley is a figure about whom fiction has become virtually inseparable from fact. Here are the facts that are known about this young man, who lost his life on the scaffold on February 12, 1554. Guildford was the son of John Dudley, who eventually became the Duke of … Read the Rest …

Lady Anne (Boleyn) Shelton

| April 5, 2011

Lady Anne (Boleyn) Shelton is probably most well-known for her role in taking charge of the Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, once Lady Anne’s niece, the more famous Anne Boleyn, became Henry’s second queen. While the most common opinion is that Lady Anne bullied and mistreated Mary, this is not … Read the Rest …

Was Henry VIII an Effective Monarch?

| April 1, 2011

With the forthcoming end of The Tudors it seems like the end of an era. After 4 dramatic series of power, death, sex and beheading, the series detailing the infamous monarch is drawing to a close. Is it truly accurate, maybe not, but it has sparked an interest for the period in many minds, young … Read the Rest …

Anne Boleyn: “England’s Most Influential Queen Consort” and “The Most Happy”

| March 8, 2011

Anne Boleyn, how do we know her? Who was she? …. Answer in the simplest terms: Anne was Consort of England; she was a lover and a fighter. She was witty, charming and beautiful. Most importantly she played the game. Before we start let me get you an insight on Anne’s appearance and her personality. … Read the Rest …

Sir John Shelton

| February 16, 2011

According to THE SHELTONS, a geneology by Z.F. Shelton of Alabama written in 1962, the Shelton family is an old one. Though early records are impossible to corroborate, the writer states that the Shelton family is descended from the prophet Mohammad through his last wife, Ayesha. Tracing the family through Charlemagne and his ancestors, the … Read the Rest …

Lady Margaret Beaufort

| February 16, 2011

The Lady Margaret Beaufort was the mother of Henry VII by her marriage to Edmund Tudor. The wedding took place in 1455 when she was only 12 years old and Edmund was 24. Being a Lancastian, Edmund was taken prisoner by Yorkist and later died in captivity, leaving Margaret a widow and pregnant at 13. … Read the Rest …

Henry Howard: The Last Victim of Henry VIII

| February 9, 2011

Not only is Framlingham in Suffolk well-known for its history and castle, its medieval church of St. Michael is the home to the magnificent tombs of the locally well-known Howard family. One of those is that of Henry Howard, the medieval poet who became Henry VIII’s last victim. It is believed that Henry Howard was … Read the Rest …