Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?

Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?

August 20, 2021
Thank you to Sebnem for asking "Did Elizabeth of York really have an affair with Richard III?", something which has been popularised by the "Cousins' War" series of novels by Philippa Gregory and the TV adaptations of them. 
 
Is there any truth to this idea? Was Elizabeth of York in love with Richard III? Did Richard and his niece become lovers? And did Richard III poison Anne Neville, his queen? Historian Claire Ridgway looks at what history tells us about Elizabeth of York and her uncle, Richard III.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/SiIWLs0X00E
 
Book recommendation: Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen by Amy Licence
8 August - Princess Margaret Tudor marries James IV of Scotland

8 August - Princess Margaret Tudor marries James IV of Scotland

August 8, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 8th August 1503, King Henry VII's eldest daughter, Margaret Tudor, married King James IV of Scotland.

Find out more about their marriage, and how it was arranged, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.

You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/rcBOxk8Emw4

Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial - https://www.tudorsociety.com/signup/

 

Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:

 

On This Day in Tudor History - https://amzn.to/3oceahH

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown - https://amzn.to/3m8KaSi

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat - https://amzn.to/2TdwyZr

The Anne Boleyn Collection - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Anne Boleyn Collection II - https://amzn.to/3o9LUwi

The Anne Boleyn Collection III - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books - https://amzn.to/3jkJ5Vz

 

Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for MedievalCourses.com - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/life-anne-boleyn-mc06/

 

You can find Claire at:

https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com 

https://www.tudorsociety.com

https://www.facebook.com/theanneboleynfiles/

https://www.facebook.com/tudorsociety/

https://twitter.com/AnneBoleynFiles 

https://twitter.com/thetudorsociety 

https://www.instagram.com/tudor.society/ 

https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/

5 August - Sir Reginald Bray

5 August - Sir Reginald Bray

August 5, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1503, in the reign of King Henry VII, administrator Sir Reynold or Reginald Bray died.

Who was Bray? What offices had he held? And what are his links to Westminster Abbey and St George's Chapel?

Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/fHKZMaQZwe4

29 July - The death of Thomas Stanley, Henry VII’s stepfather

29 July - The death of Thomas Stanley, Henry VII’s stepfather

July 29, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 29th July 1504, in the reign of King Henry VII, the king's stepfather died.

Find out a bit more about Thomas Stanley, and his role in helping his stepson take the throne,  in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.

Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial - https://www.tudorsociety.com/signup/

 

Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:

 

On This Day in Tudor History - https://amzn.to/3oceahH

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown - https://amzn.to/3m8KaSi

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat - https://amzn.to/2TdwyZr

The Anne Boleyn Collection - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Anne Boleyn Collection II - https://amzn.to/3o9LUwi

The Anne Boleyn Collection III - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T

The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books - https://amzn.to/3jkJ5Vz

 

Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for MedievalCourses.com - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/life-anne-boleyn-mc06/

 

You can find Claire at:

https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com 

https://www.tudorsociety.com

https://www.facebook.com/theanneboleynfiles/

https://www.facebook.com/tudorsociety/

https://twitter.com/AnneBoleynFiles 

https://twitter.com/thetudorsociety 

https://www.instagram.com/tudor.society/ 

https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/

28 June - A rebellious baron is executed

28 June - A rebellious baron is executed

June 28, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1497, in the reign of King Henry VII, Sir James Tuchet, 7th Baron Audley,was executed after rebelling against his kind.
 
Find out how this baron got involved in a rebellion in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/d14B11EhIwI
 
Find out more about the Cornish Rebellion in these videos:
June 17 - The Cornish Rebellion and the Battle of Blackheath - https://youtu.be/u5uPO7Vza9Y
June 27 - Two Cornishmen gain fame permanent and immortal - https://youtu.be/lWsAT7SRIzQ
13 June - George Neville, a man with a very mixed court career

13 June - George Neville, a man with a very mixed court career

June 13, 2021

On 13th June 1535, courtier George Neville, 3rd Baron Bergavenny, died. He'd done well for himself in the reigns of King Richard III and Henry VII, but came undone in Henry VIII's reign.

What happened to George Neville?

Find out a bit more about him in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/jyhRndYFyis

31 May - Lady Margaret Beaufort

31 May - Lady Margaret Beaufort

May 31, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 31st May 1443, Lady Margaret Beaufort, the woman known as the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, was born.
 
Find out a few facts about her in this #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.
 
Here's a link to a more detailed video on her - https://youtu.be/RGbjeIrxtKc
20 Interesting Facts about Henry VII

20 Interesting Facts about Henry VII

May 26, 2021

Historian and author Claire Ridgway introduces us to the very first Tudor monarch, King Henry VII, with 20 interesting facts.

Henry VII does seem to be a neglected monarch, as many people find his son, Henry VIII, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth I, far more interesting, but he deserves some attention, don't you think? 

You can view this podcast as a video here:
https://youtu.be/NpoqIccMH7M

Claire recommends the books Winter King by Thomas Penn and Henry VII and the Tudor Pretenders: Simnel, Warbeck, and Warwick by Nathem Amin.

21 April - A new king for England!

21 April - A new king for England!

April 21, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 21st April 1509, Henry VII died and his son came to the throne as Henry VIII.
 
What did the people think of this news?
 
In this #TudorHistoryShorts, historian Claire Ridgway shares two contemporary sources about Henry VIII's accession. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/00-OnueuwAg
 
Find out more about Henry VII's death and Henry VIII's accession in this more detailed video - https://youtu.be/ngAH2vn7l40
Plays with wonderful titles, Sir Ralph Sadler’s busy life, and a dying king makes his will

Plays with wonderful titles, Sir Ralph Sadler’s busy life, and a dying king makes his will

March 29, 2021
In this first part of This Week in Tudor History for week beginning 29th March, historian Claire Ridgway talks about William Wager, a playwright and clergyman who picked wonderful titles for his works; the interesting life and career of Sir Ralph Sadler, who started out working for Thomas Cromwell and who went on to serve Henry VIII, Edward VI, Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey) and Elizabeth I - oh, and Claire will tell us about his bigamous marriage! Then, finally, Claire will leave us with the dying King Henry VIII making his last will and testament.
 
29th March 1591 - The burial of playwright and Church of England clergyman, William Wager, at his church, St Benet Gracechurch. His plays included “Enough is as Good as a Feast” and “The Longer thou Livest the More Fool thou art”.
 
30th March 1587 - The death of diplomat and administrator, Sir Ralph Sadler, in his 80th year. He was laid to rest in St Mary’s Church, Standon.
 
31st March 1509 - The dying Henry VII made his last will and testament at Richmond Palace. He died three weeks later.
 
Sir Ralph Sadler's letters and speeches can be read at https://archive.org/details/statepaperslette01sadluoft/page/n3/mode/2up?view=theater
 
Other Tudor history events for these dates:
March 29 - As foul a lady as the smallpox could make her - https://youtu.be/OkBlboV2G8o
March 29 - Children encourage John Laurence at his sad end - https://youtu.be/ToYVgj9hQqI
March 30 - Thomas Cranmer and his protestation - https://youtu.be/P78Iz-2dLVA
March 30 - A "pregnant" Mary I makes her will - https://youtu.be/LWrcLR61Kbo
March 31 - John Donne, the bell tolls for thee - https://youtu.be/w7Gv5Dw8EJQ
March 31 - King Henry VIII as King Ahab, Anne Boleyn as Jezebel - https://youtu.be/fm1xJmzIyIA
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