History Today article features Lady Jane


(c) History  Today

(c) History Today


Lady Jane Grey features in an article in the June issue of History Today magazine. Alison Kinney investigates the myth of the executioner’s mask, in ‘Off with his Hood.’

The article mentions William Cruikshank’s illustrations in William Harrison Ainsworth’s novel, The Tower of London, which was published in 1840. Cruikshank’s illustration of Lady Jane’s execution is also included.



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UK cover for ‘Crown of Blood’ by Nicola Tallis


The UK cover for ‘Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey’ by Nicola Tallis has been revealed. Nicola’s debut book will be published by Michael O’Mara books on 3 November.


(c) Michael O'Mara Books

(c) Michael O’Mara Books


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Two TV programmes to look forward to…


‘The Private Lives of the Tudors’, presented by Tracy Borman starts on the Yesterday channel on 7 June. This three part series is based on her new book, ‘The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty.’

Further details – Yesterday – Private Lives of the Tudors


(c) Hodder & Stoughton

(c) Hodder & Stoughton


Also to accompany the new BBC 2 drama, Versailles, Lucy Worsley and Helen Castor will be presenting ‘Versailles, Palace of the Playboy King.’

Further details – BBC.co.uk

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Books 2016 – on sale today – The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman


19 May 2016 – The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of Britain’s Greatest Dynasty by Tracy Borman


(c) Hodder & Stoughton

(c) Hodder & Stoughton


‘I do not live in a corner. A thousand eyes see all I do.’ Elizabeth I

The Tudor monarchs were constantly surrounded by an army of attendants, courtiers and ministers. Even in their most private moments, they were accompanied by a servant specifically appointed for the task. A groom of the stool would stand patiently by as Henry VIII performed his daily purges, and when Elizabeth I retired for the evening, one of her female servants would sleep at the end of her bed.

These attendants knew the truth behind the glamorous exterior. They saw the tears shed by Henry VII upon the death of his son Arthur. They knew the tragic secret behind ‘Bloody’ Mary’s phantom pregnancies. And they saw the ‘crooked carcass’ beneath Elizabeth I’s carefully applied makeup, gowns and accessories.

It is the accounts of these eyewitnesses, as well as a rich array of other contemporary sources that historian Tracy Borman has examined more closely than ever before. With new insights and discoveries, and in the same way that she brilliantly illuminated the real Thomas Cromwell – The Private Life of the Tudors will reveal previously unexamined details about the characters we think we know so well.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Further details – Hodder & Stoughton

Further details – Tracy Borman

Further details – Amazon.co.uk


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Katherine Grey at the V&A


One of the many good things about having a friend visit from abroad, is that you visit new places. I had only visited the V & A Museum in London once before and that was for a specific exhibition. I had never visited the other galleries and it was lovely to find the Katherine Grey miniature in Room 90a.


(c) V & A Museum, London

(c) V & A Museum, London


Further details about the miniature can be found at the V & A website .


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