Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
The Tudors in their own words - King Henry VIII’s Pastime with Good Company

The Tudors in their own words - King Henry VIII’s Pastime with Good Company

December 2, 2022
Today's Tudor quote is from King Henry VIII, who ruled from 1509 to 1547. Historian and author Claire Ridgway shares his composition "Pastime with Good Company". 
 
You can hear it put to music at https://youtu.be/6YcDFOu6qWw
The Tudors in their own words - King Henry VII, 7th August 1485

The Tudors in their own words - King Henry VII, 7th August 1485

December 1, 2022

Welcome to this new series "The Tudors in their own words"! From 1st December to 24th December inclusive, historian and author Claire Ridgway will be sharing quotes from different Tudor people. 

Today's Tudor quote is from King Henry VII, the first Tudor monarch, who ruled from 1485 to 1509.

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 4 - Lighten Our Darkness - Becoming Elizabeth or Becoming Mary?

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 4 - Lighten Our Darkness - Becoming Elizabeth or Becoming Mary?

July 8, 2022

This week’s episode of Becoming Elizabeth, Lighten our Darkness, had us thinking that Elizabeth might just be pregnant, saw the end of Queen Catherine Parr, and should, Claire feels, have been called Becoming Mary.

Let historian and author Claire Ridgway share with you the history behind this week’s episode and her views on how things played out, as we say goodbye to Catherine Parr, see Elizabeth becoming independent and a new Elizabeth, and watch Mary reacting to the violence aimed at her beloved church, a violence caused by her own half-brother Edward IV's religious policies. Oh, and Claire points out a Tudor character who is sadly missing from the series.

If you love talking Tudor, particularly about Elizabeth I, then you'll want to be a part of Claire's Elizabeth I online event which features 8 experts and lots of Tudor talk.

Find out all the details and register at https://claireridgway.com/events/elizabeth-i-the-life-of-gloriana-the-virgin-queen-online-event-7-16-september-2022/

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 3 - Either Learn or Be Silent

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 3 - Either Learn or Be Silent

July 7, 2022

Trigger alert - some discussion of the abuse Elizabeth I suffered.

In this week’s episode of Becoming Elizabeth, episode 3 "Either Learn or Be Silent", things come to a head between Thomas Seymour and Elizabeth, but is historian Claire Ridgway still angry, or has she calmed down? How does she feel about the Elizabeth and Seymour storyline and just how close was this episode to history?

Claire looks at what history tells us about Seymour's behaviour with Elizabeth, including the dress-slashing scenes, as well as looking at the timeline of events, the Mary/Elizabeth letter storyline, Elizabeth's 15th birthday, Elizabeth and Lady Jane Grey, the Greys, Edward VI and Lord Protector Somerset, Pedro de Negro and Catherine Parr's feelings about her pregnancy. Phew!

The link to Susan Higginbotham's article on Frances Grey - https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/the-maligned-frances-grey-guest-post-by-susan-higginbotham/

The link to Miranda Kaufmann's article on Pedro de Negro - http://www.mirandakaufmann.com/pedro-negro.html

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 2 Part 2 - feedback from Tom Cullen and Anya Reiss

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 2 Part 2 - feedback from Tom Cullen and Anya Reiss

July 6, 2022

Thank you to all those who commented on my last video with their views on the Elizabeth and Seymour storyline. It's such an important topic and it was great to open up that dialogue.

Huge thanks go to Tom Cullen, who plays Thomas Seymour, and Anya Reiss, the writer, for reaching out to me, sharing their views and giving some insights into how and why Elizabeth and Seymour are depicted this way and where their storyline is going.

But what about the rest of the episode? Well, don't worry, in this episode I look at the relationship between Edward VI and Princess Mary, the fuss over Catherine Parr's jewels, and the characters Lady Jane Grey and Robert Dudley.

Here's the link to my article featuring Tom Cullen's comments, which he gave me permission to use - https://www.elizabethfiles.com/actor-tom-cullen-responds-to-my-anger-over-becoming-elizabeths-thomas-seymour-and-elizabeth-storyline/10295/ You can see Anya's comments replying to me on Twitter as the Anne Boleyn Files - https://twitter.com/AnneBoleynFiles/

Becoming Elizabeth - Epsiode 2 - Elizabeth I’s #metoo moment is ruined

Becoming Elizabeth - Epsiode 2 - Elizabeth I’s #metoo moment is ruined

July 5, 2022

Trigger alert: Claire discusses the harassment and abuse experienced by Elizabeth I, as featured in the episode.

Historian and author Claire Ridgway is rather cross this week as she talks about a key storyline in this week's "Becoming Elizabeth" episode. Claire says. "I’m so angry, spitting mad actually. I feel that Becoming Elizabeth has taken the #MeToo movement, thrown it on the floor and stamped all over it. This was an opportunity to educate; instead, we’ve ended up with a trashy romance."

Find out exactly what Claire thought of the Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour storyline. Spoiler alert - she didn't think much of it!

Join Claire in her weekly chats and all the goodies on offer with the online event "Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen" by registering at https://claireridgway.com/events/elizabeth-i-the-life-of-gloriana-the-virgin-queen-online-event-7-16-september-2022/

Do make sure you register in time for this week's chat. It takes place on Friday 24th June at 10pm UK/ 5pm New York time.

Becoming Elizabeth -  Episode 1 - Keep the Knife Bright - Fictions versus history

Becoming Elizabeth - Episode 1 - Keep the Knife Bright - Fictions versus history

July 4, 2022

In the first of these weekly videos on the Starz series "Becoming Elizabeth", historian and best-selling author Claire Ridgway discusses Episode 1 "Keep your knife bright".

Claire looks at the main scenes of this episode and explores just how close they were to the real history of the events of early 1547, just after the death of King Henry VIII.

  • What really happened in early 1547?
  • Was the timeline correct?
  • Was Catherine Parr really already involved with Thomas Seymour?
  • Did Edward Seymour dash off to Scotland?
  • And what about Thomas Seymour and the young Elizabeth I?
  • We know that Thomas's behaviour with Elizabeth caused a scandal, but were his advances welcome?

Claire explores these issues and will be going into even more detail this Friday, 17th June, in a live chatroom chat that's part of her online event "Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen". These chats will be held weekly to discuss each episode. You can find out more about the event and how to register at https://claireridgway.com/events/elizabeth-i-the-life-of-gloriana-the-virgin-queen-online-event-7-16-september-2022/

The Fall of Anne Boleyn with Claire Ridgway 13-20 May 2022

The Fall of Anne Boleyn with Claire Ridgway 13-20 May 2022

April 20, 2022

Join historian Claire Ridgway, author of "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown", for a completely online 8-day event exploring the dramatic events of spring 1536.

https://claireridgway.com/events/the-fall-of-anne-boleyn-2022/

This event is completely online so you can join in from the comfort of your home. This event is for you if:
- You want to understand exactly what happened in the spring of 1536
- You want to understand how Anne went from being the woman Henry VIII broke with his beloved church to possess to being replaced by her maid of honour
- You want to know who was involved in Anne's fall, who was implicated and why, and how two men escaped with their lives
- You're interested in getting behind the fiction and myths
- You'd like to know what happened afterwards and what Anne Boleyn's legacy was
- You'd like to know if Jane Boleyn really brought down the Boleyns out of hatred and revenge
- You'd like to pay tribute to Anne Boleyn by spending 8 days immersed in her story and connecting with like-minded people!

Mary Boleyn - What do you want to know?

Mary Boleyn - What do you want to know?

February 3, 2022

Historian Claire Ridgway is doing a masterclass on Mary Boleyn on 12th February and would like your help in preparing it. Please leave a comment answering the following questions (as many as you want):
1. What you think of Mary Boleyn? Who is your Mary Boleyn?
2. What interests you about Mary?
3. What myths do you think surround Mary?
4. And, finally, what questions do you have about Mary that you want answered?
Thank you for your help.
The masterclass is a bonus for ticketholders of "Anne Boleyn, the Woman who Changed England" and you can sign up at https://claireridgway.com/events/anne-boleyn-the-woman-who-changed-england/ 

Was Thomas Boleyn on the jury at Anne Boleyn’s trial?

Was Thomas Boleyn on the jury at Anne Boleyn’s trial?

January 27, 2022

"How did Thomas Boleyn feel sitting in judgement on his children?" is a question that historian Claire Ridgway was asked recently, and it's one she's been asked before.

 
But did Thomas Boleyn even sit on the jury that tried Queen Anne Boleyn and her brother, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford?
 
Find out what history tells us about the jury in this talk from Claire.
 
Links to other videos on Thomas Boleyn:

Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn - https://youtu.be/fvgbE1FaMYw

The Death of Thomas Boleyn - https://youtu.be/KhiuvNMUiyY
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