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Greenwich Palace remains unearthed

Greenwich Palace, also known as the Palace of Placentia, once stood on the banks of the river Thames but was demolished in 1660 by King Charles II. Two future Queens were born at the Palace of Placentia, Queen Mary I and her half-sister Elizabeth I. The remains of beautiful lead-glazed tiles and a cellar with [read more]

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Elizabeth I

The Blackening of Queen Mary I’s Name

It seems only fitting to end the Year of Mary I with an article on her posthumous reputation. The blackening of Mary’s name began in her sister’s reign, although John Knox was the first to attack her during her lifetime in his best-known pamphlet The first blast of the trumpet against the monstrous regiment of women. [read more]

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January 2017 Book News

Catherine of Aragon: An Intimate Life of Henry VIII’s True Wife Hardcover – 15 Oct 2016 (UK) & 10 January 2017 (US) Catherine of Aragon continues to fascinate readers 500 years after she became Henry VIII’s first queen. Her life was one of passion and determination, of suffering and hope, but ultimately it is a [read more]

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The Funeral of Queen Mary I

Mary’s body had lain in state at St. James’s Palace until 13 December 1558. Her successor Elizabeth was determined to give her a funeral worthy of a Queen and the final bill came to a staggering £2 million in today’s currency. Mary’s coffin was draped in cloth of gold to begin its journey to Westminster Abbey. [read more]