Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
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

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

18 Interesting Facts about Lady Jane Grey (Queen Jane)

July 5, 2021
In this latest edition in her "Facts about..." series, historian Claire Ridgway shares 18 interesting facts about Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane, who is also known as "The Nine Day Queen".
 
Find out more about the fourth Tudor monarch from Claire. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/acYkWVtO9CA
 
Book recommendations:
The Sisters Who Would Be Queen - Leanda de Lisle
Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery - Eric Ives
25 May - Lady Jane Grey gets married

25 May - Lady Jane Grey gets married

May 25, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 25th May 1553, in the reign of King Edward VI, Lady Jane Grey married Lord Guildford Dudley.

The bride and groom were from prominent families, but there is the prevailing idea that this marriage was part of a plot by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland.

Find out more in this #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/PWIeZMAH3zA

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/theanneboleyn

A man who refused a title, Lady Jane Grey’s reprieve, and a naughty earl with a magic ring

A man who refused a title, Lady Jane Grey’s reprieve, and a naughty earl with a magic ring

February 8, 2021
In this first part of "This Week in Tudor History", historian Claire Ridgway introduces a chap named John, one of the many johns in his family, who turned down a title; explains why Lady Jane Grey's execution was postponed and what happened, and introduced an earl who appears to have been a bit of a Tudor bad boy.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/Rz6quwsuFAw
 
8th February 1545, in the reign of King Henry VIII - Death of courtier and soldier Sir John Arundell of Lanherne, or John Arundell III, a man who turned down a barony from King Henry VIII. Find out why. 
 
9th February 1554 - Queen Mary I postpones Lady Jane Grey's scheduled execution and gives her a three-day reprieve. Her execution had already been postponed from 7th February, and in December 1553 it had appeared that Jane would be given mercy. What happened between December 1553 and February 1554? Why did Mary finally sign Jane's death warrant and then why did she give her a reprieve? Find out!
 
10th February 1564, in Queen Elizabeth I's reign - Death of Henry Neville, 5th Earl of Westmorland. Neville served King Henry VIII as a soldier, swapped sides in the succession crisis of 1553, and appears to have been a bit of a Tudor bad boy, being involved in dastardly plots against his own family. He had a magic ring though!
 
Other events for 8th, 9th and 10th February:
 
February 8 - The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots - https://youtu.be/sd3hP9Qb8Yk
February 8 - The Queen's favourite rebels - https://youtu.be/dhxFDUnxQig
February 9 - An awful end for a bishop - https://youtu.be/dE_mtQMSHVA
February 9 - Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, is taken to the Tower - https://youtu.be/53HVn-dfMyk
February 10 - Catherine Howard goes to the Tower - https://youtu.be/jYbD8-Qua-s
February 10 - The murder of Lord Darnley - https://youtu.be/jYbD8-Qua-s
 
Sir John Arundell's memorial brass, which depicts him in full armour, can be seen at  https://www.pinterest.es/pin/342344009155130091/ 
Executions of Lord Guildford Dudley and Lady Jane Grey - https://youtu.be/qf7up1CHfJA
August 22 - The end of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

August 22 - The end of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

August 22, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was beheaded on Tower Hill for his part in putting his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne. Northumberland's friends and supporters, Sir John Gates and Sir Thomas Palmer, were also executed.
 
Northumberland was actually scheduled to die the previous day and the crowd turned up to see, the scaffold was prepared and even the executioner was ready... but, instead, the duke was taken to church.
 
Why? 
 
Find out why and also hear a contemporary account of the duke's execution in today's talk from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/pahguELnWpE
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 22nd August 1485, the Battle of Bosworth took place. King Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor became King Henry VII, starting the Tudor dynasty on the throne of England. Find out what happened on that day in rural Leicestershire, and how Henry was victorious even though Richard came into battle with a huge advantage, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/PhFpPpt23Fg 
August 18 - The trial of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

August 18 - The trial of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

August 18, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 18th August 1553, less than a month after his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey or Queen Jane, had been overthrown by Queen Mary I, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was tried for treason at Westminster Hall in London. 
 
During his trial, Northumberland pointed out that it couldn't be treason to be acting by royal warrant and that some of those judging him had acted under the same warrant, but it did him no good. 
 
Find out what happened at his trial, what his reaction was to his sentence, and what happened to William Parr, Marquess of Northampton, and John Dudley, Earl of Warwick, who were tried with him, in today's talk from author Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/RU5aZO3uFA0
 
Northumberland’s arrest - https://youtu.be/iR5B6U8_raI
Also on this day in Tudor history, 18th August 1587, the first child born to English settlers in the New World was born in the Roanoke Colony. Her name was Virginia Dare. This colony has become known as the lost colony because all 115 colonists disappeared. Find out more in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/lZDaYgPfxoQ 
July 31 - Henry Grey, father of Lady Jane Grey, is released from the Tower

July 31 - Henry Grey, father of Lady Jane Grey, is released from the Tower

July 31, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1553, Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, was “discharged out of the Tower by the Earle of Arundell and had the Quenes pardon.”
 
Suffolk had, of course, been imprisoned after Mary I had overthrown his daughter, Queen Jane, or Lady Jane Grey, and his release was down to his wife, Frances, interceding with the queen and begging for mercy.
 
But who was Henry Grey and how did he go from being pardoned to being executed in 1554? 
 
Find out in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
Henry Grey's execution and the story regarding his head? - https://youtu.be/xkyb5qTHSBU 
 
Also, on this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1544 and 1548, the future Queen Elizabeth I wrote letters to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. The letters were written at very different times in Elizabeth's life, the first when Catherine was queen and Elizabeth had been separated from her for a while, and the second after Catherine had actually removed Elizabeth from her and Thomas Seymour's household. Find out more about these letters and their context in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/6jSr01gFj0Y 
July 21 - The arrest of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

July 21 - The arrest of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland

July 21, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 21st July, 1553, just days after he’d left London with an army to apprehend Mary, half-sister of the late king, Edward VI, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland was arrested near Cambridge.
 
But how and why did the man who had ruled England on Edward VI’s behalf, as Lord President of his privy council, come to this?
 
Historian Claire Ridgway explains his role in the accession of Lady Jane Grey as Queen Jane in July 1553 and what happened when Mary overthrew Queen Jane. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/iR5B6U8_raI
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 21st July 1545, in the reign of King Henry VIII, French forces landed on the Isle of Wight in an attempt to invade the English island. Find out what happened in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/hbPNbt5KcF8 
July 18 - Queen Jane is betrayed and Queen Mary wins

July 18 - Queen Jane is betrayed and Queen Mary wins

July 18, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1553, while her father-in-law and his forces made their way from Cambridge to Bury St Edmunds to stand against the forces of Mary, and Jane was busy writing to men requesting them to muster forces to support her, Jane was being betrayed by members of her council.
 
William Herbert, Earl of Pembroke, and Henry Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, called a council meeting and Pembroke was even said to have threatened council members with a sword! They then proclaimed for Mary.
 
Find out more about what happened on 18th and 19th July 1553 in today's talk from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/MdcxN8xxtsk

Also n this day in Tudor history, 18th July 1509, just three months into the reign of King Henry VIII, one of King Henry VII's chief advisors was accused of being a "false traitor" and convicted of treason. The new king used Edmund Dudley and his colleague, Richard Empson, as scapegoats for his father's unpopular regime. Find out more about the charges against Dudley in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/czjlVvZ2ENI

July 13 - Unease among Queen Jane’s councillors

July 13 - Unease among Queen Jane’s councillors

July 13, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 13th July 1553, while John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was preparing to leave London to apprehend the late Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, members of the new Queen Jane's council were meeting with the imperial ambassadors.
 
What was the meeting about? What was the news from East Anglia? And why were councillors beginning to feel uneasy?
 
Find out what was going on in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History". You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/3anPO7y1M24
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 13th July 1626, Tudor poet and courtier, Robert Sidney, 1st Earl of Leicester, brother of Sir Philip Sidney, died at Penshurst Place, the family seat in Kent. Sir Philip Sidney is known as one of the great poet and scholars of the Tudor age, but his brother, Robert, was also a talented poet. Find out more, including how historians discovered his work, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/3mb_HSVgM_I 
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