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/

New Mary, Queen of Scots online course with Claire Ridgway!

New Mary, Queen of Scots online course with Claire Ridgway!

July 7, 2021

Author and historian Claire Ridgway is just putting the finishing touches to a course she's written for MedievalCourses.com on the fascinating 16th-century queen, Mary, Queen of Scots.

 
The course goes live on 1st September 2021, but you can pre-order it right now and save $25 with coupon code MQS2021 by going to this page - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/the-life-of-mary-queen-of-scots-mc12/
 
It's open internationally and is completely online, with video (and audio) lessons and PDF transcripts, as well as resources.
 
19 June - Mary, Queen of Scots gives birth to a son called Charles

19 June - Mary, Queen of Scots gives birth to a son called Charles

June 19, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, on 19th June 1566, in Scotland, Mary, Queen of Scots gave birth to a baby boy who would grow up to be King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England. He was baptised Charles James though.

Find out more in this talk by historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:

https://youtu.be/t_Gw7qOZ9gg

14 May - The Creeping Parliament

14 May - The Creeping Parliament

May 14, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 14th May 1571, the "Creeping Parliament" was held in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Why was it called the "Creeping Parliament" and why were there actually two Parliaments meeting? What was going on and what happened next?

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

A princess marries, a queen faces death, and a spy and lawyer die - 1-7 February Part 2

A princess marries, a queen faces death, and a spy and lawyer die - 1-7 February Part 2

February 4, 2021
In this second part of "This week in Tudor history" for the week beginning 1st February, historian and author Claire Ridgway talks about Tudor events and people associated with 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th February.
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/AoTzXI0v7y8
 
4th February 1495, in the reign of King Henry VII - Anne of York, daughter of the late King Edward IV, marries Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, at Westminster Abbey in London. 
 
5th February 1605, diplomat, Member of Parliament and spy, Sir Edward Stafford dies. Even though he appears to have spied for Spain during the Spanish Armada, he managed to avoid serious trouble. Why and how?
 
6th February 1585, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, lawyer, legal scholar and law reporter, Edmund Plowden, died in London.
 
7th February 1587, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the warrant for the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, arrived at Fotheringhay Castle and Mary was informed that she would be executed the following day. Who told her? How did she react? And how did she prepare for death?
 
Thomas Howard - https://youtu.be/gkA0xdCzT6Q
William Stafford and the Stafford Plot - https://youtu.be/-C4qyueA30o
Mary, Queen of Scots' execution - https://youtu.be/sd3hP9Qb8Yk 
December 5 - Mary Queen of Scots’ husband dies of an ear infection

December 5 - Mary Queen of Scots’ husband dies of an ear infection

December 5, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 5th December 1560, King Francis II of France, died at the age of just 15. Francis was King Consort of Scotland, as the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and his father had also proclaimed him and Mary as King and Queen of England back in 1558!
 
He was taken ill in mid-November with what appears to have been an ear infection, and it led to him dying on this day in history. His death led to Mary, Queen of Scots, returning to her homeland of Scotland, a country she hadn't seen for 13 years. 
 
Find out more about Francis II of France, his marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots, his death and what happened next, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 5th December 1556, Anne de Vere was born, She was the daughter of William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, and his second wife, Mildred Cooke. Anne only lived until she was 31 years old, but in her short life she managed to impress scholars, have five children, and have a rather eventful and unhappy marriage with Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford, who didn't treat her at all well and even refused to recognise their first daughter as his own, at one point. If only she had married Philip Sidney instead! Find out more about Anne in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/pUXSKiNLXo8 
December 2 - Elizabeth I relents and agrees to execute Mary, Queen of Scots

December 2 - Elizabeth I relents and agrees to execute Mary, Queen of Scots

December 2, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 2nd December 1586, following a joint petition from the Houses of Lords and Commons, Elizabeth I finally agreed to a public proclamation of sentence against Mary, Queen of Scots: death.
 
Mary had been found guilty of high treason back in October 1586, but Elizabeth had not wanted to contemplate regicide. However,  Parliament believed that if Mary, Queen of Scots, was not executed, that she'd continue to plot against Elizabeth and would utterly "ruinate and overthrow the happy State and Common Weal of this most Noble Realm". She was too much of a danger and needed dealing with once and for all.
 
Find out what Parliament said and what happened next in today's talk from historian Claire Ridgway.
 
September 26 - The man Elizabeth I wanted to murder Mary, Queen of Scots - https://youtu.be/AH956PwobRs 
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier, soldier and the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was arrested after a former friend gave evidence against him. King Henry VIII had just weeks to live and was increasingly paranoid, so the 'evidence' was just what Surrey's enemies needed to bring the earl down.
Find out more about the Earl of Surrey's downfall, and how his father managed to keep his head in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/qgOp-iremGg 
September 20 - Anthony Babington and the Babington Plot

September 20 - Anthony Babington and the Babington Plot

September 20, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 20th September 1586, Anthony Babington, John Ballard, John Savage, Chidiock Tichborne and three other conspirators were executed near St Giles-in-the-Fields in London. 
They suffered full traitors' deaths, being hanged, drawn and quartered, after being found guilty of treason for plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I in the famous Babington Plot, which sought to replace Elizabeth with Mary, Queen of Scots.
 
Find out more about Anthony Babington, the Babington Plot, the men involved, how it was discovered, and how it led to Mary, Queen of Scots' execution, 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/XJIrGAWx7ao
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 20th September 1486, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, the first son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was born at Winchester. There were high hopes for this boy named after the legendary King Arthur, and King Henry VII believed that son would be a powerful king who would bring a golden age to the country. Of course, things wouldn't go according to plan.
Find out more about Arthur Tudor, who was, of course, Catherine of Aragon's first husband, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/qYZLYzGU5NE 
September 9 - The coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots

September 9 - The coronation of Mary, Queen of Scots

September 9, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 9th September 1543, the 30th anniversary of the Battle of Flodden, Mary, Queen of Scots, was crowned queen at the Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle. Mary was just nine months old.
 
Find out more about how Mary came to the throne, her coronation ceremony, in which Mary howled, and how she was already promised in marriage to Henry VIII's son, the future Edward VI, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/LRVro8KO3R8
 
You can find out more about Mary, Queen of Scots’ very eventful life in my Mary, Queen of Scots playlist - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLepqWJ7TpkrIIC1eB75JBP8xYcqnqTHt6
Also on this day in Tudor history, 9th September 1513, while Catherine of Aragon was acting as regent for Henry VIII, who was campaigning in France, English and Scottish forces clashed at the bloody Battle of Flodden. The Scots were defeated and King James IV was killed, but what happened to his body? Find out in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/scoxeEPvLk4 
August 7 - Mary, Queen of Scotland sets off for a new life in France

August 7 - Mary, Queen of Scotland sets off for a new life in France

August 7, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 7th August 1548, five-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots set sail from Dumbarton in Scotland bound for France. 
 
A marriage had been agreed between Mary and Francis, the Dauphin, so Mary was going to be brought up at the French court. Mary travelled with her maids of honour, the Four Marys, or the Queen's Maries: Mary Fleming, Mary Beaton, Mary Seton and Mary Livingston.
 
Find out more 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/R_DiuiK6lf8
 

Also on this day in history, 7th August 1485, Henry Tudor, the soon-to-be King Henry VII, returned from exile, landing at Mill Bay in Wales. His intention was, of course, to claim the throne of England and to depose King Richard III. Find out more about his landing and what he did next, in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/MFXjSkJVi8c

 

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