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Markenfield Hall: The Loveliest Place You’ve Never Heard Of

A medieval, moated and much-loved family home, Markenfield Hall is a historic house unlike any other. Set within stunning Yorkshire countryside south of Ripon, medieval Markenfield has remained largely untouched and is one of a few moated, medieval manor houses that its original owners could still recognise; indeed, the Hall is instantly recognisable thanks to … 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

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

The Very Best Of Typically English Things To Do When Visiting the UK: Travel Essentials

Cover Image: Seckford Hall, courtesy of Seckford Hall Hotel and Spa, Suffolk. Welcome back to the Tudor History & Travel Show: Travel Essentials! Here in Travel Essentials, we cover those all important things to consider when you’re planning your next Tudor trip. For those of you who like to touch Tudor history in person, Travel Essentials … Read more