Sunday, September 30, 2012

The Life of Charles Stuart: Earl of Lennox (Part II)

So to continue where I left off yesterday... After Darnley's murder, Margaret Douglas focused all her attention on her only living son, Charles. Having grown up without this attention, i don't think Charles liked it very much. Queen Elizabeth I was much nicer to Margaret now, seeing as Margaret hardly had any family left. (isn't that a common theme amongst Tudor history?) So without really any family left, Margaret started making friends. (well, not that she had before but, still...)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

The Life of Charles Stuart, Earl of Lennox (Part I)

Most Tudor fans have heard of Margaret Douglas, and her eldest son, lord Darnley. But, did you know Darnley had a brother? Yup, his name was Charles Stuart and today i'm posting about him! Let's start at the beginning...

Charles and his brother lord Darnley
(Charles is on the left)

Charles Stuart was like the 7th or 8th child of Margaret Douglas and her husband Mathew Stuart, earl of Lennox. The only other living child of them was Henry Stuart, lord Darnley, who was about 9 years older than Charles. We don't know too much about Charles' early life but i speculate that, given Margaret's favouritism towards Darnley, that Charles was neglected and was kinda the "back-up" heir.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

History's Forgotten Countesses: Elizabeth Brooke

Elizabeth Brooke

I know what you're thinking... Elizabeth Brooke? Who the heck is that? Well, hopeful that's why you're reading this post and i shall explain. Ever heard of Thomas Wyatt? (not the rebellious one!) Yes, of course you do! He had a crush on Anne Boleyn and Anne didn't like him back. Well guess what: he had a wife. So this is where Elizabeth comes in, SHE is that wife. (Say WHAT????!!!) Allow me to explain...

Monday, September 24, 2012

You Know You're a Tudor Fanatic When...

The Tudor Rose
Every once in awhile I like to give you, some random reader from some random country, a chance to enjoy a little bit of Tudor related humour. Today's topic:

You know you're a Tudor Fanatic when...

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part III

Again, I will continue where I left off, Edmund Tudor and his new wife, Margaret Beaufort, left England for Wales. Their first stop was one of Edmund's Welsh palaces. I'm not sure but it is possible that Jasper Tudor could've joined his brother Edmund there as he hadn't yet received his estates that went with the earldom of Pembroke. For Margaret, Wales must've seemed like an entirely foreign country, as she had never left England. Eventually, Margaret learned a life-changing piece of news,

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part II

So, let's pick up where we left off, when Edmund Tudor and his brother, Jasper became teenagers their half-brother, King Henry VI began recognizing them as members of the royal family. Probably because his own family was decreasing in numbers. He gifted Edmund with the earldom of Richmond and Jasper with the earldom of Pembroke and they were both invited to come to Parliament. Needless to say, Edmund spent more time at court, and so did the duke of York...

Monday, September 17, 2012

Life and Character of Edmund Tudor Part I

Edmund Tudor, from some random brass rubbing er... something...

I'm going to start out this post by dispelling a rumour, a 15th century comtempory rumour by the way... Edmund Tudor is NOT nor ever was the son of the cardinal/bishop, Edmund Beaufort. See? I bet you didn't even think that WAS a possibility! Now, with this post you might learn a few more startling things about Edmund Tudor the earl of Richmond that you never thought possible! So... without further ado, let's start at Edmund's (and everyone Else's) beginning... birth.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Early Life of Anne Boleyn

Everyone knows Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII's second wife who lost her head, but, what about her early life? Well, that's what I'm going to inform you about today, starting with Anne Boleyn's birth.

Queen Anne Boleyn
 Some people think Anne was the eldest Boleyn sister but, this is not true. Mary Boleyn is the eldest Boleyn child,  born about 1499. Anne came next during 1501. (NOT 1507, see my post "the true year of Anne Boleyn's birth)Then two more children who died young came and finally, Anne's only surviving brother, George Boleyn was born in about 1504. Anne stayed at home for most of her childhood with her sister and their probably had a normal sister relationship, some moments of getting along, others of fighting.

Soon Anne was sent to the court of Margaret of Austria where she was a favoured lady in waiting

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Maude Herbert: The Girl Who Was Almost a Tudor

You may have heard Maude Herbert mentioned as a side note in a Tudor book or maybe never at all! Well she is a pretty significant character in the realm of... What if? You may know her father a little bit better, remember William Herbert? That same guy that took over Pembroke Castle. Yup, well Maude is his eldest daughter (eldest child to be exact)  and she was born about the same time as Henry VII (which means she was born around 1457). So, how did she ALMOST become a Tudor? Well...

Monday, September 10, 2012

Katherine of Valois: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty

Katherine of Valois

Katherine of Valois was without a doubt a best remembered for her romantic and secret marriage to Owen Tudor. And that is not without justice, for the Tudors were later to become one of England's most famous dynasties. But, Katherine was more than just a wife, she had a personality, and a story to tell. Today i shall tell it, if only briefly.

Katherine was born the youngest child of the insane King Charles of France and his wife Isabeau. Naturally, Katherine was most likely neglected. (like say... Charles Stuart...) But she was remembered as King Charles' daughter, and thus, a powerful pawn. Henry V, who succeeded his father Henry IV (who had usurped the throne from Richard II) thought so. Also, he was at war with France, (does the hundred years war ring any bells?) So for peace, Katherine was offered as his bride.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Who Really Won the Wars of the Roses?

Henry VII and Elizabeth of York
Everyone knows that the Wars of the Roses, ended with the unifacation of the rival houses of Lancaster and York in the marriage of Henry Tudor, earl of Richmond and the king of England and Elizabeth, daughter of the late King Edward IV of York. But, who really won the war? Or did it simply...end? Let's examine what happened to both sides at the end of the war...

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Happy (Belated) Birthday Elizabeth I!!

A miniture of Elizabeth I

I was so upset by Yesterday's textbook error, i forgot to write by Birthday post for Elizabeth I!!! So, that's what i'm doing today. Her birthday was yesterday, September 7th. Elizabeth I is one of history's most well known figures and probably is the only connection to Tudor History people have, no matter how messed up their conception of her is. Since this blog is for Tudor experts (such as myself) i shall portray Elizabeth in a light most others have not, was she more like Anne Boleyn? or More like Henry VIII?

Friday, September 7, 2012

Even Textbooks Can Be Wrong...

Today for my AP World History class, we checked out textbooks from the library (college level textbooks need i remind you!) and naturally, the first thing i did was flip back to the index to see if they had anything Tudor. (of course Henry VIII was mentioned, but i meant the REAL hard core Tudor fan stuff!) and i found something on page 462 that made me almost die of anger...

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Richard III and Anne Neville; Anime Sytle!!!

Here is one of my drawings from awhile back, but it's still awesome so i decided to post it. This time my subjects are Richard III and Anne Neville inspired by this portrait:
I still think Anne's septer was a bit of a fail but, oh well :) So, without further ado here it is!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Misconceptions on Arthur Tudor

Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales
Today's post is about, more or less, the most overlooked Tudor family member, Arthur Tudor Prince of Wales. When most people think of Arthur Tudor they think, "oh, yeah! He married Catherine of Aragon right?" Because his significance in the "Great Matter" but, Up until 1501, Arthur was the undisputed  heir to the throne. So, What are the most common misconceptions people have about him? How far away from the truth are they?

Monday, September 3, 2012

Margaret Tudor as Queen of Scots

A Young Margaret Tudor

Today's post is on the subject of Margaret Tudor and her first husband, King James IV of Scotland. Margaret is always remember as the Queen of Scotland, but, what exactly was it like for her to be Queen in a country foreign to her? Every since she was a little girl, Margaret knew she was destined for Scotland. No doubt she tell her brothers and sister "I'm going to be the Queen of Scotland one day!" and she was probably excited for the day when she would gain the title.

King James IV

She was married by proxy to James IV In England a few years after her elder brother, Arthur married Katherine of Aragon, and died. As soon as she arrived the people greeted her as they would a Queen and I'm was a little awkward given she was just a teenage girl. And James IV was defiantly not what she was expecting.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

History's Forgotten Countesses: Isabel Neville

You've probably heard of Anne Neville, and Warwick the Kingmaker (Richard Neville) but do you remember Anne Neville's elder sister, Isabel? Isabel was almost queen herself (well kinda) as well the Duchess of Clarence (and mother to the futrue Margaret Pole.) So Isabel is a pretty important character in her own right, why have we forgotten about her?