Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valois Part III

Katherine of Valois, as the English Queen
As Henry V's new queen, Katherine of Valois went back to England with him. The English people were overjoyed to see their new, young queen and Katherine was happy to see them. For Katherine this meant the start of a whole new life. One that would be much better than her childhood were she was the neglected princess. Also, just as a side note it was the first time England had had a queen named Katherine, in case you were wondering. She represented England's future as rulers of France.

What did Katherine think of her husband, Henry V?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Frequently Asked Tudor Questions (And Their Answers!)

Many times when someone is first starting to learn about Tudor History, they have some questions. Or when I'm explaining Tudor history to someone, they also have some questions. So today I'd thought I'd compile a list of some FAQ's about Tudor History and answer them for you! If you're already and Tudor novice or expert, think of it as... a quiz! :) let's get started shall we!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valois Part II

Queen Katherine of Valois
When Katherine of Valois was proposed as a possible bride for Henry V is when she really becomes known in history. And most know her only as Henry V's wife (thanks to Shakespeare's totally awesome play though) and there was much more to her than that. She watched as her own French towns fell and her father, King Charles VI, prone to fit of madness, could do nothing to stop it. First, the town of Harfleur was sieged. Harfluer put up some resistance but after a long siege King Henry and his English soldiers won! Now King Henry was headed back to the safety of the English held Calais.

What did Katherine think when she heard the news that Harfleur fell to the English? We may never know. It's my thought that she didn't really care. Given that she hardly grew up like a traditional princess and more like an extra daughter of a minor nobleman, she probably didn't really care much for that sort of thing.

But, the French nobles (who had recently been fighting with each other) weren't too happy that their port of Harfleur was now in English hands.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

More Weird Search Keywords!

Tip, it just doesn't end does it? The more popular my site becomes, it seems, the more it get! Heheh.. :) what could people have typed in this time? What randomness will ensue? Just keep reading and you'll find out!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valois Part I

Katherine of Valois, if you didn't already know, is a majorly important Tudor characters as she is pretty much "the mother of the Tudor dynasty". Most only know her as Henry V's wife from "one of those Shakespeare plays or something..." But there's much more other than that. Personally, Katherine of Valois is one of my favourite all time Tudor characters and one of the most fun to study. In my opinion she totally deserves her own biography, (since she has none currently) But... until that happens there's all my new series on her life! Which is starting today, right now... in fact, right this very second.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Who was Edward IV's Real Queen? (Part III)

Elizabeth Wydeville
So think the story of Eleanor Butler and Edward IV ended when she died? Not even close! Later in the 1470's, Bishop Stillington, (the Bishop that married Edward and Eleanor) told some other people about it, namely the Duke of Clarence. Of course, Clarence had his own reasons for rebellion against Edward IV (really he wanted to be king himself) so he started spreading rumours around about Edward IV, one was that Edward himself was illegitimate, and the other? Edward was already married to one lady Eleanor Butler.

One can only imagine Elizabeth Wydeville's reaction..

Friday, July 19, 2013

One More Set of Little Known Facts!

The Tudor Rose!
If one "Tudor Fact of the Day" just isn't enough for you, here's a compilation of some random, interesting, or just plain true facts about Tudor History. Maybe you'll learn something or maybe this is just all stuff you already know!

But let's get to the list eh?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Who was Edward IV's Real Queen? (Part II)

A likeness of Eleanor Butler, based of family portraits and her possible skull.
Now that I've given you some background on who Eleanor Butler was let's cover the topic everyone is wondering about, Did she really marry Edward, earl of March? We can never know for sure but, we can get pretty close. I've personally always thought there was some truth to the precontract story, but just how much truth is there? Let's start with when Eleanor met Edward.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

And Yet Some More Tudor Anime!

I've been back at the drawing table again creating some more wonderful masterpieces! And today I have two more pieces of art to add the Tudor art page. My subjects were Empress Matilda (first queen of England in 1141) and Alice Chaucer, duchess of Suffolk. Both characters don't really have likenesses for me to base my drawings off of so I drew them how I've imagined them to look. So let's get right to it eh? Without any further ado, here the are!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The Reign of Mary Queen of Scots (Conclusion)

Mary Queen of Scots and her son, James VI.
Mary Queen of Scots' reign didn't last very long. In short it spanned the decade of the 1560's. But when Mary finally abdicated she hadn't yet reached 30 years of age. As a conclusion to the series on her reign, I'll describe for you how Mary finally lost her throne.

It all began after her marriage to Bothwell (which I described in Part VIII). No one supported Bothwell as king of Scots, mainly because he was more of a threat than Darnley could ever even hope to be. The citizens of Scotland also turned on Mary, believing now that she and Bothwell had plotted Darnley's murder and that Darnley was truly the victim. They did not want a murderess as their queen! What was Mary to do?

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Who was Edward IV's Real Queen? (Part I)

On the surface the answer seems obvious "Elizabeth Wydeville!" But if you dig a little deeper, that "reasonable doubt" starts to creep in. What am I talking about? It's simple, Edward IV, known to be flirtatious and on good terms with the women of England, may have been already married (or more likely pre-contracted) to marry an Eleanor Butler before he married Elizabeth Wydeville. Thus, rendering his children by Elizabeth Wydeville illegitimate. Surely this may just simply seem nonsense to you but, there's actually quite a lot of evidence to say that Eleanor was really England's queen!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Attention Everyone! Good News!

I'm back everyone! Did you miss me? ;) Heheh... I had a good holiday in case you were wondering and had lots of fun and got some time to read. My book of choice? Eleanor, the Secret Queen: The Woman who Put Richard III on the Throne by John Ashton-Hill.

I saw this one available online and since I'm writing a research paper for school next year on the Princes in th Tower (since we can chose our own topic that's what I'm going to chose!) I decided to pick it up for some more insight into the Edward IV/Eleanor Butler precontract idea. I hadn't thought Edward really married Eleanor but then, I finished the book and I was thinking "Dang... this guy makes a really good point." And my whole point of view about Eleanor Butler (who was actually a member of the Talbot family!) so tomorrow be prepared to learn some more about the Eleanor Butler-Edward IV story.

And also coming up will be the conclusion to the Reign of Mary Queen of Scots series and not too far away is a series on Henry VI

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Attention Readers!

Attention Readers! I will be going on holiday for the next week so there won't be any posts... :( But don't fear! This'll give you time to read some of my posts you haven't read yet, or try the Tudor Quiz! (Ten more questions will be added) Also that means I won't be able to publish your comments until I get back.

So what does that mean for when I return? Lots of awesome Tudor-related posts and other goodies! :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Reign of Mary Queen of Scots Part VIII

Mary Queen of Scots, as drawn by me!

The climax in the story of Mary, Queen of Scots is without a doubt, Darnley's murder. When I was in Eight grade we were required to do a book report on a historical book. (Of course with me being the major Tudor fan that I am) I did it on Alison Weir's Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley. And needless to say I had read it before (like 7 times!) and I was probably the one with the longest book! But what does that have to do with anything? Well, I determined Darnley's Murder as the major climax in Mary's story no matter what book you're reading. Why make it the climax?

It's simple, after Darnley was murdered everything changed for Mary. It was few months later she lost her crown.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Misconceptions on Anne Neville

Richard III and Anne Neville

Ah, Anne Neville, known affectionately as "The Kingmaker's Daughter" and best known for marrying Richard III! Since she didn't live past thirty, there's little that can be determined for sure about her. Anne Neville has always intrigued me as a character, first born into the house of York, then married into the house of Lancaster and then back to York. Though, most of it was not her choice. We aren't even sure what she looked like! We have a few likenesses but they don't give away too much (I always think of Claire Bloom as Anne Neville from the 1955 movie adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III) Thus it can easily be assumed that the real Anne Neville is hidden under a cloud of misconceptions.

Monday, July 1, 2013

The Reign of Mary Queen of Scots Part VII

One of Tudor history's greatest mysteries (besides the Princes in the Tower) is that of Mary, Queen of Scots. Mary has often been called the "daughter of debate" and she herself said, "in my end is my beginning" and this quite true. And no part of Mary's life has seen more study and careful research than that of Mary and the murder of her second husband lord Darnley. In fact, that's the even that got me interested in Mary Queen of Scots anyway. And every time I read a book about her I always get a little more excited when I reach that part. Hoping of course that the author will support my theory.

Yes, yes... everyone has their theories. And mine personally has a lot of little holes though, through no fault of my own, lots of information is lost to us forever. Most people tend to the think Darnley died in the explosion that blew up his house.. i mean, the house he was staying at (it was owned by someone else) Yet that is hardly the truth. See, contrary to popular belief...

Hold it a second, let's back up shall we?