Friday, August 30, 2013

Tudor Drama Island Intro!

So here it is! After all the waiting I've finally finished the intro to my latest comic series... Tudor Drama Island! (a parody of Cartoon Network's show Total Drama Island) Here in the fictional island of Wamanakwa (a play on words from Total Drama Island's Wawanakwa) 22 of your favourite (and maybe not so favourite) Tudor characters in a competition to win a grand prize! Each time they will compete in a challenge and each time one character will be voted off until the final 2 fight it out for the victory! Hosted by England's own Victoria and Albert! Who will win? Will there be some drama? yup it's in the name Will there be humour? Oh by all means! Do you want to read it? Then look below!!

So here it is after all that waiting! 100% hand-drawn by me! Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Anne Boleyn: The Lady in the Tower (Part IV)

Queen Anne Boleyn
I've always thought that, had Anne Boleyn married Henry Percy, she would've been much happier (and not nearly as popular of a historical figure). But not long after Anne's return to England from France, she wanted nothing more than to be Henry Percy's countess, and Percy loved Anne back. But there was one little problem however, someone else had fallen for the charming Anne Boleyn. And it just so happened to be the king himself, the infamous king Henry VIII. And what would be coming next would change the course of English history forever.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Claims of Lancaster and York


With the Wars of the Roses period more popular than ever, it only makes sense to explain the actual claims to the throne of the warring sides, Lancaster and York. Who had the better claim? Eh, I guess that's up to you but I always say Lancaster! :) So then, let's explain Lancaster's (the rightful house after all) claim first then, shall we?

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Anne Boleyn: The Lady in the Tower (Part III)

Queen Anne Boleyn
After a long time abroad, Anne Boleyn finally came back to English shores in the early 1520s. What she didn't know is that now, she would be finding herself a major figure in English history. But first, she needed to make her debut at court. And what better way then with a pageant? Yes, when Anne arrived back (after, of course, meeting with her family and all that) she took part of one of the courts many pageants, which were actually more like little plays. She was aptly cast to play the part of "Perseverance" while her sister was chosen to play 'Kindness".

It was here that King Henry VIII first caught sight of her, and Katherine of Aragon too probably. (But little did Anne know what is store for her!)

Friday, August 23, 2013

Just a Quick Update

In case you didn't know, actually I didn't post about it so none of you knew heheh... :) I went on a little one day trip yesterday to Powell's City of Books in Portland. I usually go there about twice a year mainly because they have one thing I crave most. A "Tudor to Stuart" section. Yes I am not kidding you: An entire section of books dedicated to Tudor History!!!! (I always buy in bulk whenever I visit!) And usually I'm the only one there but yesterday I met a fellow Tudor fanatic from Canada, by the name of Pascale and if you're reading this, "Hello there!" :D

So you'll have to wait a little bit longer for the next Anne Boleyn series posts. Also, Tudor Drama Island is still in the works, (getting closer!) But once the first part of Tudor Drama Island is complete, I'll have it posted right away. Don't know what Tudor Drama Island is? Check out my post "Some Exciting News!" for more info :)

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Here's Some More Random Tudor Facts!

So I've decided today's post would be another collection of little known facts about Tudor history. Perhaps you'll something or maybe this will just be a review... but either way this will most certain be interesting :) So here's the list and go check it out!
  • 1431 was the year that Joan of Arc was burned at the stake but, it's the same year that Jasper Tudor was born.
  • via Katherine of Valois, Charles VII of France was uncle to Henry VI, as well as Edmund and Jasper Tudor.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Anne Boleyn: The Lady in the Tower (Part II)

Anne Boleyn
Once Mary "Rose" Tudor went to France to marry King Louis XII, she needed some English maids to join her. One such maid was Anne Boleyn. Anne though, was already in service at Margaret of Austria's court and would now be headed over to France. When she finally made it to France, Anne met back up with her elder sister Mary. No doubt the two were delighted to see each other again and spent lots of time chatting and other things. The Boleyn sisters also then met the French king's heir, his nephew Francis . The French court during the time was quite lavish and no doubt Anne enjoyed all the parties and banquet. But Louis XII was already quite old and couldn't live forever.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Joan of Arc--Anime Style!

Ever wondered what Joan of Arc would look like as an anime character? Well wonder no more! My latest drawing is of Joan and after I'm done blabbling on and on and on you'll get to see it! I decided to draw her in a sitting position just because I usually do standing positions and wanted to do something different. As for her costume, I designed it myself. We don't really know what Joan looked like so I used my imagination a bit for this one.

Oh and by the way, if you're wondering about the status of my comic Tudor Drama Island? It's getting close to be ready to be put on her. So it'll be coming up here pretty soon, don't worry! But enough about that, you wanna see the Joan of Arc drawing right? Okay then!
Here it is:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Anne Boleyn: The Lady in the Tower (Part I)

Anne Boleyn!
When I was trying to decide who to do a series on next it occurred to me... "I haven't done one on Anne Boleyn!" And since Anne Boleyn is one of my favourite Tudor characters I decided to write my next series on her! Even though she's one of the more widely known and studied characters in Tudor History, some people still don't even know who she is and then there's a whole group of people who have heard of Anne Boleyn but don't know the real Anne Boleyn. So, who is the real Anne Boleyn? Well reader, that I shall hope to show to you in this brand new series!

And why not start at the most logical place? The beginning. Anne Boleyn was born in 1501 at Blicking Hall. Her parents were Thomas Boleyn and his wife Elizabeth Howard (sister to the duke of Norfolk) Anne was the couple's second daughter, the eldest daughter was a few years older and was named Mary. Anne's family, the Boleyns, were of some wealth during this time and so Anne grew up learning how to be a proper lady, like most girls of the time.

What was Anne's relationship with her sister like?

Friday, August 16, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valois Part VI

Katherine of Valois with one of her ladies
Sorry for the long delay between posts, I've been busy helping at a book sale at my local library. So let's not wait any further...

Katherine of Valois was able to live in secret with her second husband, Owen Tudor and there three sons for quite a long time (about 6 or 7 years) By 1437 the couple decided they wanted to have another child (they already had three, Edmund, Jasper, and Owen jr.) and they didn't think they would ever be found out (though, they did fear it) and sadly, somehow someone found out. Soon everyone knew and Katherine of Valois' little world came crashing down.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Weird Search Keywords #4!

    Ah yes... it's happened again! More of those weird search keywords have popped up and let me tell ya.. .some of them certainly are a little strange... Let's have look shall we?
  • elizabeth wydeville and george's marraige happy - uh... sure... Elizabeth Wydeville and Clarence could've been happy had they married... but uh.. They Didn't!!! (duh)

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jacquetta Wydeville: Lady Rivers

Jacquetta's importance in history is often over dramatized, she's made to seem more important than she actually was. In reality, she wasn't that great. So then, who was the real Jacquetta Wydeville? Well! that's what I decided to write about in today's post. Let's start with Jacquetta's birth, in around... oh... the 1410's I think (I could be wrong, don't quote me on that) she was born to the brother of the Count of Luxembourg, a rather minor French noble family. Though, she was related also to the Duke of Burgundy. We don't know much about her childhood, just that she grew up as any normal young French noblewoman  would've.

Once she was old enough to get married, England's king Henry V was already dead and the duke of Bedford (his brother) had taken up his quest of conquering France. But he needed an alliance with Burgundy. And the best way to secure an alliance in medieval times is to marry someone related to your ally. One such way for Bedford was to marry the young Jacquetta. And so, Jacquetta married the, much older than her, duke of Bedford. How did they get along?

Friday, August 9, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valos Part V

The Early Tudor family, as drawn by me :)
Katherine is in the middle on the top row
Katherine of Valois was willing to risk everything to marry her true love, Owen Tudor, a welsh servant who worked in her household. It's not recorded when their secret marriage took place (mainly because it was just that, secret!) but I've always assumed it was somewhere between 1427 and 1429. And now that Owen and Katherine were married, they decided they wanted children of their own and soon Katherine became pregnant. And surely that was something shouldn't couldn't hide from the court. What was she to do?

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Some Exciting News!

Guess what everyone? My brilliant little brain just hatched another creative idea heheh... :) What is this little idea of mine? Three words: Tudor Drama Island!!!! 

What's that you ask? Well, it's a new cartoon series of mine that was inspired by Cartoon Network's show Total Drama Island Which I've been watching lately and it's totally awesome! And if you don't know what Total Drama Island is, it's basically a parody of Survivor. And if you don't know what the heck either of those things are, just google it, okay? :)

So I know what you're think: "Ooh! Who's gonna be in it?" Well I couldn't use everybody (otherwise I wouldn't be able to make other seasons) so I selected 22 characters from all throughout Tudor history that I felt would work well for this comic, and some of my favourites ;)
(why 22? that's how many were on Total Drama Island!)
Here's the list:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

How to Tell When You're a Wars of the Roses Fan

Lancaster's Rose!
York's Rose!
Consider this the sequel to my "you know you're a Tudor fanatic when...". Lately' I've been the studying the Wars of the Roses and one might say, I'm bit of Wars of the Roses fanatic (okay... maybe a lot of a fanatic) So, when do you realize you're big fan of the Wars of the Roses, well let's enjoy some light humor today and find out!

Arbella Stuart: Anime Style!

Ever wondered what Arbella Stuart would look like if she was drawn Anime Style? I know I did so I decided to draw another picture of Arbella! Originally I was going to make it a perfect match to one of her portraits but, there ended up being too much detail for the size and it didn't quite look right. So here, after a good while of drawing is my anime-style Arbella Stuart!

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Life of Katherine of Valois Part IV

Katherine of Valois
(a more modern rendition, I think)
After Henry V died, he left Katherine of Valois a young widow. Their nine months old son was now King Henry VI, though his uncle the duke of Gloucester was ruling as protector. Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester was the youngest brother of Henry V. Now Gloucester himself had always wanted the crown, remember that for a little bit later. Katherine, as Queen Dowager, got to stay at the court and help in raising her infant son, but all the time knowing at some point he would taken to be raised somewhere else. But until then, Katherine still got to spend time with him.


But as I mentioned earlier, Katherine of Valois was still young when Henry V died (why, she was only about 21 or 22!) so it was assumed that, at one point, she would marry again. But... to whom could a Queen Dowager remarry to? Well a unknown Welsh servants was certainly not anyone's first choice!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Misconceptions on Henry VII

King Henry VII
If I was ever asked, "Emily, who are your favourite Tudor characters?", Henry VII would be one the first people I list off. Yes, of all the Tudor monarchs Henry VII is my favourite, and one of favourite characters to study. There's a lot of people who call themselves "Tudor" fans but can hardly tell you anything about Henry VII, the man who founded the dynasty after all! But recently Henry VII has become a little more popular amongst Historians, why just two years ago he got his own biography (Henry VII: Winter King by Thomas Penn) And that was the first major biography of him since S. B. Chrimes wrote one back in like the 70's!

So with that comes many misconceptions people develop about Henry VII, are they all true? Heck no! So am I going to tell you truth about Henry VII in today's post? Oh, yes!

Here are the most common misconceptions people have/get about Henry VII and just how wrong each one is!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Elizabeth Wydeville: The Pre-Queen Years

Elizabeth Wydeville
Most people only know of Elizabeth Wydeville as being Edward IV's queen, his infamous power-sucking, self-seeking, greedy consort. But, what was she like before then? Was she just as diabolical? Or was she really just a sweetheart? With the recent boost of interest in the Wars of the Roses period, interest in Elizabeth Wydeville had increased too. And in case you've ever wondered just what the heck Elizabeth Wydeville was doing before she met king Edward, you're in luck cuz today, I'm going to explain it all!!


So let's get started eh? Let's dive into early years of Elizabeth Wydeville.