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Illuminated manuscripts fit for a King

In the British Library we have a collection of illuminated manusripts that are as important to our national culture as the history of battles won and lost by kings long gone. Gifts by George II and George III form the core of the British Library known as the King’s Stack. George II gave 2000 volumes,… Continue reading Illuminated manuscripts fit for a King

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Book Review: La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor – Her Life in Letters by Sarah Bryson

Sarah Bryson has brought this less well known Tudor princess to life.  Using the surviving letters of Mary Tudor we are drawn into the world of a Tudor princess who was initially used as a political pawn.  The book begins with a description of  Mary's childhood up to 1515 when she was married off to the… Continue reading Book Review: La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor – Her Life in Letters by Sarah Bryson

Symbols and emblems

The Plantagenet literary legacy and the early Tudor use of visual propaganda

When Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York in January 1486, it was not only the unifying of two warring noble house, but the birth of a new artistic age. Queen Elizabeth was the daughter Edward IV whose collection of books formed the first Royal Library now housed in the British Library. Edward was an avid… Continue reading The Plantagenet literary legacy and the early Tudor use of visual propaganda

Portraiture

How we know the Movers & Shakers of Tudor Society

How does a 21st century audience recognise the shakers and movers of Tudor society? Clearly those historians who immerse themselves in documents will have a feel for the way they believe these men and women thought.   Combine that with the use of the portrait as a propoganda tool and suddenly these influential people are no… Continue reading How we know the Movers & Shakers of Tudor Society

Artists of Northern Europe

Is the work of 15th century Flemish artists ‘primitive’?

The 15th century Flemish artists have long been referred to as 'primitive'.  You might ask why this idea that artists who hail from north of the Alps comes from and just who they are.  My concept of primitive is not quite the level of sophisticted observation depicted on a flat surface as seen in the… Continue reading Is the work of 15th century Flemish artists ‘primitive’?