Edward the Elder was the eldest son of the legendary Saxon king, Alfred the Great. He was born c. 874, and ascended to the throne in 899 following the death of his father. He reigned for 25 years and died in 924 at the age of 50 (very elderly in those times!). Edward's ascension was … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Edward the Elder
‘Elizabeth’s Women, The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen’ by Tracy Borman My rating: 5/5 - I was immediately drawn to this book when I saw it in the bookshop. The premise of Elizabeth’s Women – all about the women who shaped the life of Queen Elizabeth I – was something I had not seen … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen’ by Tracy Borman
Alfred the Great - Saxon King of Wessex Alfred the Great has gone down in history as one of Britain’s most successful rulers. Born in Berkshire in the mid-ninth century, Alfred succeeded to the throne in 871 following the death of his elder brother Aethelred I. Alfred had six children with his wife, Ethelswida, including … Continue reading British Monarchs From Alfred to Elizabeth – Alfred the Great
I recently wrote a blog post about the death of Mary Tudor, Queen of France, which you can read here. This post however will be all about Mary's impressive, but understated funeral. When Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk died at her home at Westhorpe, Suffolk, she was just 37 years … Continue reading The Funeral of Mary Tudor, Queen of France
On the 25th June 1533, Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk, died at her country home at Westhorpe Hall, Suffolk, at around half-past seven in the morning. She was just 37 years old. Mary Tudor was the youngest surviving child of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. Throughout her life she … Continue reading The Death of Mary Tudor, Queen of France
“Divorced, Beheaded, Died...The History of Britain’s Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks” by Kevin Flude. My rating: 4/5 ⭐️ - I chose this book for my first review as it is a fantastic introductory guide into the history of Britain’s monarchy. It spans many different eras, from ancient warrior kings to the modern-day House of … Continue reading Book Review: ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died…The History of Britain’s Kings and Queens in Bite-Sized Chunks’ by Kevin Flude
Since the reign of Henry VIII, people's opinions of the Tudor court has been divided. This is remarkably true for the six wives of Henry VIII. Ask people today about their opinions of Anne Boleyn for example, and you are likely to receive a strong response. The same could be said about the other queens … Continue reading Jane Seymour: Innocent ‘doormat’ or ambitious queen?
Joan of Arc was born to peasant parents in the French village of Domremy in the early fifteenth-century. As a teenager, Joan repeatedly claimed that she heard the voices of numerous saints who prophesied that she would lead a great French army against the English. Joan was vigorously questioned in order to determine if she … Continue reading 30th May 1430 – The Death of Joan of Arc
For my first blog post, I thought it might be interesting to write about some of my favourite historical figures. I will be writing more detailed posts on these historical figures in time to come, so keep an eye out for them! Mary Tudor, Queen of France The wedding portrait of Mary Tudor and her … Continue reading My Favourite Historical Figures
Hi! My name is Bethan, I'm a 20 year old student from Wales currently in my second year of university studying BA Medieval Studies. I love all things Medieval, Tudor and British Royal History, and I created this blog to share my interests with others. I also love to cook, craft, read, spend time with … Continue reading Welcome to My Blog!