Lost & Found: Remarkable Survival of Monastic Books

Roche Abbey

On 15 January 1535, King Henry VIII was proclaimed Supreme Head of the Church of England. In a bid to claim annulment of his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, Henry sought to abandon Rome and the Catholic opposition to his divorce. The break with Rome triggered England’s transition to being a Protestant country, which brought … Read more

West Horsley Place: At Home with Gertrude Courtenay, Marchioness of Exeter

I am delighted to be hosting a stop on Sylvia Barbara Soberton’s virtual book tour for her new book The Forgotten Tudor Women: Gertrude Courtenay: Wife and Mother of the last Plantagenets. A writer and researcher specialising in Tudor history, Sylvia’s work goes behind the scenes, to share the lives of lesser-known people from the … Read more

The Royal Family of Britain: 1000 years of Treachery, Triumph and Rejoicing!

One of the most iconic and enduring institutions in the world, the British monarchy has weathered many storms. From the bloodiest of battles to religious, political and economical uprisings, our kings and queens have faced treachery, triumph and rejoicing! As we approach Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, we look back on centuries of royal traditions … Read more

Tudor Macarons: A Christmas Treat

Welcome back to The Great Tudor Bake Off. For our last Tudor bake of the year, our resident chef here at The Tudor Travel Guide, Brigitte Webster, shows us how to make macarons, a Tudor Christmas treat. Advent was a time for fasting in Tudor England, meat was taken off the menu and fish was eaten instead. For … Read more

Busks, Busk-Points, Courtship and Sexual Desire in Early Modern Europe

Please note: THIS BLOG CONTAINS ADULT CONTENT AND EXPLICIT SEXUAL REFERENCES I have long been fascinated by Tudor dress, from the magnificent gowns worn by queens and courtiers to the garments worn by women of the mercantile classes. The fashions of the Tudor dynasty communicated status, power and femininity; dress was a form of political … Read more

Tudor Pear Pie: An Autumnal Treat

This blog contains affiliate links Welcome back to The Great Tudor Bake Off. This month at The Tudor Travel Guide, our resident chef, Brigitte Webster, cooks up an autumnal treat: Tudor Pear Pie. With little means of storing food, ingredients in Tudor times were often eaten when they were fresh and seasonal, or preserved by pickling or placing … Read more

The Mary Rose: Splendour, Sinking and Salvage

Welcome back to The Tudor History & Travel Show. In this episode, I visit the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth for a guided tour, led by two experts: Dr. Alexzandra Hildred and John Seager. Alex is Head of Research and Curator of Ordnance and Human Remains at the Mary Rose Trust. She joined the project in … Read more

‘Palaces of Revolution’: Life, Death and Art at the Stuart Court.

This post contains some affiliate links Confession time: I am not a fan of the Stuart monarchy. In fact, if you press me, then privily I will admit that although my interest in English history stretches way back to our Anglo-Saxon forefathers, it stops around 24 March 1603 with the death of Elizabeth I, the … Read more

Travel Essentials: Winter & The Christmas Season In The UK

Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials! The final episode in the 2021 series of Travel Essentials, today’s episode will get you in the festive spirit. As your one-stop shop for all things Tudor Travel, we make sure you have all of the information you need to make the most of your … Read more