Sir Francis Bryan


Image courtesy of The Tudors Sir Francis Bryan (or Bryant), an English poet and warrior, was born of a genteel family, educated at Oxford, and afterwards spent some time in travelling abroad. Thus begins the entry for Sir Francis Bryan, a lifelong friend and companion to King Henry VIII, in

The First Rockstar?


Who knows? With the 2015 U.S. release of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall, Americans were re-introduced to the lure of England’s King Henry VIII. Many of us have shared a passion for this era in history for a while, yet others learned of the intrigue and drama of this era for

3 August 1553


On this day, 3 August 1553, the new Queen - Mary I - arrived in London with Princess Elizabeth, her half-sister. ‘Entry of Queen Mary I with Princess Elizabeth into London in 1553’ by John Byam Liston Shaw

Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen


Katheryn Howard, The Scandalous Queen: Review by Samantha Yorke From the publisher: Bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir tells the tragic story of Henry VIII's fifth wife, a nineteen-year-old beauty with a hidden past, in this fifth novel in the sweeping Six Tudor Queens series. In the spring of

The Ravenmaster


UK Cover 'Packed with insight and anecdote, his story brings the Tower ravens to vivid life, each bird with a personality of its own. I've been fortunate enough to tour the Tower and meet the ravens a few times in years past; after reading this book, I cannot wait to

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