Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
Anne Boleyn - Pawn or Predator

Anne Boleyn - Pawn or Predator

December 18, 2021

In this second of three live events with Claire Ridgway, Claire discusses whether Anne Boleyn was a woman who was manipulated by her parents into Henry VIII's arms, whether she was a ruthless predator who single-mindedly took herself all the way to the top, or whether she was neither of these!

Enjoy this talk with Claire Ridgway. You can see it as a video here:
https://youtu.be/u3AUB4xsLAM

What did Anne Boleyn Look Like?

What did Anne Boleyn Look Like?

December 17, 2021

In this talk, Claire Ridgway goes into detail about the various portraits and images of Queen Anne Boleyn that we have today. Claire then discusses what we really know about Anne Boleyn's apperance.

You can watch this podcast as a video here:
https://youtu.be/IA7k59UjF9Q

AMAZING TUDOR DISCOVERY - The discovery of Anne Boleyn‘s Falcon Badge

AMAZING TUDOR DISCOVERY - The discovery of Anne Boleyn‘s Falcon Badge

November 12, 2021

You may have seen the news about the discovery of a contemporary carving of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge and how Paul Fitzsimmons, an antiques dealer, bought it for £75 and how it's now worth £200,000. It's a wonderful find and the good news is that Paul isn't keeping it to himself, it's going on loan to Hampton Court Palace. Thank you, Paul, and thank you to Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces.

 
In this podcast, historian Claire Ridgway interviews Sandra Vasoli and James Peacock, who both played key roles in the story of this carving. It is a fascinating story.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/FSQ0ww6cAmo
 
Paul's website is https://www.marhamchurchantiques.com/  and a big thank you to him for allowing us to use his photos of Anne Boleyn's falcon badge before and after its restoration. Photo credit: Paul Fitzsimmons,  Marhamchurch Antiques
 
You can find out more about the symbolism of Anne Boleyn's badge and the other parts of her heraldry in Claire's article at https://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/anne-boleyns-badge/
 
Sandi is the author of two novels about Anne Boleyn - Struck with the Dart of Love and Truth Endures - and a non-fiction book Anne Boleyn's Letter from the Tower. Her website is https://sandravasoli.com/
 
James works at Hampton Court Palace and also runs the popular Queen Anne Boleyn Society on social media - https://www.facebook.com/anneboleynsocietyhttps://twitter.com/anneboleynsoc and https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynsociety/
 
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Claire Ridgway
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Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

September 21, 2021
Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married from 14th November 1501 until Arthur's death on 2nd April 1502, but did they consummate their marriage? They certainly slept in the same bed, but did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor have sex?
 
Find out what people said at the Legatine court hearing in 1529 and the Zaragoza hearing in 1531, and what Catherine claimed, in this talk from historian Claire Ridgway.
 
Huge thanks to Lucy from the UK for asking such a wonderful question.
 
Further reading:
 
Sister Queens by Julia Fox
Catherine of Aragon, Henry’s Spanish Queen by Giles Tremlett
Tudor by Leanda de Lisle
Catherine of Aragon by Patrick Williams
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser
Six Wives by David Starkey
Catherine of Aragon by Garrett Mattingly
Did Arthur Tudor consummate his marriage by Kyra Kramer - http://www.kyrackramer.com/2020/01/26/did-arthur-tudor-consummate-his-marriage/
25 Interesting Facts about Elizabeth I

25 Interesting Facts about Elizabeth I

September 11, 2021
Queen Elizabeth I, who ruled over England from 1558 to 1603, is one of England's most famous monarchs, and is seen by many as one of the best.
 
But how much do you know about this Tudor queen? In this talk, historian Claire Ridgway shares 25 interesting facts about Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/4jEGPQZcImU
 
Here's a link to Claire's Elizabeth I playlist - https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLepqWJ7TpkrLRKPV6ZH-EJIwPUQUkS2F6
 
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
Tudor History Challenge XI

Tudor History Challenge XI

August 19, 2021

Thank you to all our wonderful subscribers, we can't believe that we've reached 60,000! Enjoy this quiz and let us know how you get on!

The questions are here and the answers are below (no cheating!)

1) Who said: “I know I have the body of a weak and feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king, and of a king of England too”?

2) Who was this priest describing - “a tyrant more cruel than Nero, for Nero destroyed but part of Rome, but this tyrant destroyeth this whole realm”?

3) “If my head would win him a castle in France, it should not fail to go” was said of Henry VIII, but who said it?

4) “Much suspected of me, nothing proved can be, quod Elizabeth the prisoner” - The Lady Elizabeth, future Elizabeth I, was said to have etched this on a window during her house arrest at Woodstock, but why was she a prisoner?

5) Who is being described in these words: “For her behaviour, manners, attire and tongue she excelled them all...”?

6) Who wrote to their former tutor saying: “I cannot marvel at thee and lament the case that thou sometimes was the lively member of Christ but now a deformed imp of the Devil”?

7) That homicide and unnatural tyrant which now unjustly bears dominion over you” Who said it and who was it about? 2 points

8) “Little man, the word ‘must’ is not to be used to princes” - Who said this?

9) “When I think again that you shall depart from me again it makes my heart die to think what fortune I have that I cannot always be in your company” - who wrote these words in a letter and to whom? 2Points

10) Who was apologising for their eyesight, and therefore poor handwriting, with these words: “I beseech you to pardon me, for verrayly Madame my sight is nothing so perfitt as it has ben”?

11) Who wrote: “Princes at all times have not their wills, but my heart being my own is immutable”?

12) Who ended a letter “Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things” and to whom were they writing? 2 points.

ANSWERS
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1- Elizabeth I to the troops at Tilbury, August 1588.
2- Henry VIII during the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion 1536
3- Sir Thomas More
4- Mary I and her privy council believed that Elizabeth was involved in Wyatt’s Rebellion
5- Anne Boleyn, described by Lancelot Carles, secretary to the French ambassador
6- While she was in the Tower, Lady Jane Grey wrote this to her former tutor, Thomas Harding, who had converted to Catholicism.
7- This is how Henry described Richard III in letters sent to those who were in support of his claim to the throne.
8- Elizabeth I said this to Robert Cecil, her Secretary of State, when she was dying and he advised her to take to her bed.
9- Catherine Howard to Thomas Culpeper
10-Henry VII to Lady Margaret Beaufort
11-Mary, Queen of Scots, to Ambassador Randolph
12-The dying Catherine of Aragon to her former husband Henry VIII.

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/

7 August - Sir Robert Dudley, Dudley’s illegitimate son

7 August - Sir Robert Dudley, Dudley’s illegitimate son

August 7, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 7th August 1574, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester's illegitimate son, Sir Robert Dudley, was born at Sheen.
 
Find out more about Sir Robert Dudley, who grew up to be a mariner, cartographer and landowner, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/5rASbuoCxZ8
 
Find out more about his mother, Douglas Sheffield, who claimed to be Dudley’s legal wife, in Claire video - https://youtu.be/rhP-Z89CbEg
6 August - Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare

6 August - Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare

August 6, 2021

On this day in history, 6th August 1623, Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare, the famous playwright, died.

Find out a bit more about Anne Hathaway, and hear the tomb inscription written about her by her son in law, in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway.

You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/FvQ-tVf60Q8

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