The Kenilworth Portraits: The Images Elizabeth I Never Saw

When Dudley stood back and admired the two new, full-length paintings hanging on the walls of his Warwickshire home at Kenilworth Castle, he knew he was treading on delicate ground. The queen was soon to arrive as part of her summer progress – and Dudley had spent millions (in modern-day money) in preparation for the … Read more

Baddesley Clinton: Murder, Loyalty and Treason in Tudor England

Baddesley Clinton

NB: Baddesley Clinton Cover image via Wikimedia Commons, by localpref: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 There is something singularly beautiful about a medieval, moated manor house; I have some favourites dotted around the country, which perhaps, one day, we might compare notes on? Igtham Mote in Kent, Markenfield Hall in North Yorkshire and Oxburgh Hall … Read more

Compton Wynyates: The Most Perfect & Secret Tudor House in England?

Compton Wynyates

If you LOVE Tudor buildings, then I can guarantee that the subject of this blog is going to make you tingle with insatiable and unfulfilled lust, wholly directed at seeing for yourself what Emery calls ‘the markedly romantic and singularly complete early Tudor house’, built by Sir William Compton at Compton Wynyates in the early … Read more