Books, poetry and portraiture, Subjects for discussion, Tudor portraiture, Uncategorized

The Tudors Dynasty Decameron 2020 project

            Recently, Rebecca Larson of www.Tudor’sDynasty.com and I were communing about how to amuse ourselves during this Covid-19 crisis and what we could do if we ended up having to self-isolate.  We came up with the idea of creating a new Decameron, the first version was written by Giovanni Boccaccio (1313-1375) in around 1353.  So we are throwing it out… Continue reading The Tudors Dynasty Decameron 2020 project

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Today we remember the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, & commemorate those lives

As the Red Army rolled across Poland towards Berlin during the cold winter of 1944/45 it came to the notorious death camp where over a million people were exterminated, most of them Jewish on 27th January 1945. The horrors of what was being whispered about in the lands free from Nazi oppression, but being denied,… Continue reading Today we remember the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, & commemorate those lives

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Verdun 1916

Peter Jackson's documentary 'They shall not Grow Old' is well worth a watch. I was sent this poem written by someone who has been inspired by Peter Jackson's documentary and was immediately reminded of Paul Nash's painting, The Mule Track.  The painting hangs in the Imperial War Museum, London as part of the museum's permanent collection.… Continue reading Verdun 1916

Books, Interviews, Uncategorized

An Interview with Sarah Bryson

I have been interested in Sarah Bryson's work ever since I met her in September 2016. She has been researching Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's brother-in-law and Henry's sister, Mary Tudor for the past ten or so years. This February her book La Reine Blanche: Mary Tudor - her life in letters, was published by Amberley… Continue reading An Interview with Sarah Bryson

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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