Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
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

20 July - Philip of Spain prepares to marry Mary I

20 July - Philip of Spain prepares to marry Mary I

July 20, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 20th July 1554, Philip of Spain, son of Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, arrived in England to prepare for his marriage to Queen Mary I.
 
Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.
Here's a link to a video on their marriage - https://youtu.be/289MSTDoZHA
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/RmSfIR_0AB8
12 July - True soldiers of Jesus Christ get burnt

12 July - True soldiers of Jesus Christ get burnt

July 12, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, men who were described as "true soldiers of Jesus Christ", were burnt at the stake at Canterbury. 

Find out about John Bland, John Frankesh, Nicholas Sheterden and Humphrey Middleton, and their fates, in this edition of  #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.

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

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7 July - Mary hears news of Edward VI’s death

7 July - Mary hears news of Edward VI’s death

July 7, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1553, in the short reign of Queen Jane (Lady Jane Grey), Mary, eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, received news of her half-brother King Edward VI's death.

Where was Mary received the news? What was she doing and what happened next?

Find out in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. 

https://youtu.be/r5R8payyIXQ

3 July - Mary I bids farewell to Philip for the final time #shorts

3 July - Mary I bids farewell to Philip for the final time #shorts

July 3, 2021

On 3rd July 1557, Queen Mary I said goodbye to her husband, King Philip II of Spain, for the final time, although she didn't know it at the time.

Find out more about why he had returned in the first place and what happened next in this latest edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this as a video here:

https://youtu.be/3FZMB4WEesA

8 June - Mary is very wrong

8 June - Mary is very wrong

June 8, 2021

Henry VIII's eldest daughter, Mary, was convinced that her woes were all down to her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, and so there was hope for Mary after Anne Boleyn's execution in 1536.

What did Mary expect to happen and what did happen?

Find out more in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. https://youtu.be/1vY4uoO0pqA

14 April 1556 - Conspirator cheats executioner

14 April 1556 - Conspirator cheats executioner

April 14, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 14th April 1556, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Sir Anthony Kingston, died at Cirencester. He was on his way to London to face charges that had been laid against him, and it's likely that he would have been executed.

Why? What had he done? 

Find out what Kingston was accused of from 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/

This week in Tudor History, January 18-24, Part 1

This week in Tudor History, January 18-24, Part 1

January 18, 2021
Part 1 of "This week in Tudor History" covers Tudor history events from 18th to 21st January.
 
Find out all about these Tudor events from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History" and several other Tudor history books.
 
18th January 1543 - Baptism of composer, court musician and perhaps spy Alfonso Ferrabosco at the Cathedral of San Petronio, in Bologna, Italy. This Italian composer popularised the madrigal at the English court and may have acted as a spy for Elizabeth I in Italy. Find out more about his life, career, marriage and children, from Claire.
 
19th January 1561 - Administrator and diplomat, Sir Edward Carne, died in Rome. This man, who claimed to descend from the Kings of Gwent was sent by Henry VIII to negotiate a marriage match with Christina of Milan and then Anne of Cleves, and marriage matches for his daughter, the future Mary I. Find out more and how he ended up dying in Rome.
 
20th January 1558 - The state opening of Mary I's fifth and final Parliament, and the only public appearance of the queen since July 1557! 
 
21st January 1556 - The death of Eustace Chapuys, imperial ambassador and a man whose dispatches are a wonderful source for Tudor historians, researchers and authors. Chapuys was a fascinating man and a loyal supporter and friend of Catherine of Aragon and her daughter, the future Mary I. Find out more about him, and how he helped the queen and princess.
 
Enjoy Alfonso Ferrabosco’s works being performed:
https://youtu.be/mASvlU5JCt4
https://youtu.be/qQHSKuCfwlc 
November 12 - Wily Winchester

November 12 - Wily Winchester

November 12, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 12th November 1555, Mary I’s Lord Chancellor, Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, died. He was laid to rest at Winchester Cathedral in what is now known as the Bishop Gardiner Chantry Chapel.
 
In today's talk, Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History", tells you about the life and career of "Wily Winchester", a man who went from being a valued advisor to being imprisoned, and then got back into favour, crowned a queen and became Lord Chancellor! He led quite a life! 
 
You can see this video on YouTube here:
https://youtu.be/_P309bgQiYo
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 12th November 1537, the corpse of Queen Jane Seymour, Henry VIII's third wife, was transported by a chariot in a procession from Hampton Court Palace to Windsor Castle, in preparation for burial. Jane Seymour's heart and entrails had been buried in the chapel at Hampton Court Palace following her death on 24th October 1537. Queen Jane's stepdaughter, the Lady Mary, acted as chief mourner for the proceedings. In last year’s video, I gave details of the procession, the service at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, where Jane was buried, and the commemoration in the city of London, so do watch that - https://youtu.be/fS2dShOcH3I 
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