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Elizabeth of York

Margaret Beaufort – My Lady the King’s Mother

Lady Margaret Beaufort was born on 31 May 1443 at Bletso as the daughter of Margaret Beauchamp and John Beaufort, Duke of Somerset. Margaret had seven half-siblings from her mother’s first marriage to Sir Oliver St John and would later have another half-brother from her mother’s third marriage to Lionel de Welles, 6th Baron Welles. Her [read more]

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Catherine Parr

The music of Catherine Parr brought to life

Words written by Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s last wife, are being performed to music for the first time in 470 years on Friday. Dr David Skinner from Cambridge University found a fragmented score in the late 1970s and intensively researched the piece. It is the Ninth Psalm from Catherine’s book “Psalms or Prayers.” The words [read more]

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Catherine Parr

Catherine Parr – The Scholar Queen

This article is by Gillian. Born in 1512, Catherine is most well known for being King Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, outliving him by about a year. However, Catherine was much more than just a wife- she was an academic, a theologist, and genuinely interested in politics and the governing of the kingdom. Catherine was [read more]

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July Book News

The Other Tudor Princess: Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s Niece Paperback – 4 Apr 2016 (UK) & 1 July 2016 (US) The Other Tudor Princess brings to life the story of Margaret Douglas, a shadowy and mysterious character in Tudor history – but who now takes centre stage in this tale of the bitter struggle for [read more]

Book Reviews

Insurrection: Henry VIII, Thomas Cromwell and the Pilgrimage of Grace by Susan Loughlin Book Review

Autumn 1536. Both Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn are dead. Henry VIII has married Jane Seymour, and still awaits his longed-for male heir. Disaffected conservatives in England may have seen an opportunity for a return to Rome and an end to religious experimentation. However, Thomas Cromwell has other ideas. In August, the Lutheran influenced [read more]