Giveaways at the Tudor Society



The Tudor Society are giving away freebies. Today’s giveaway is a talk by Natalie Grueninger (author of ‘In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn’ and ‘In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII’) AND the April 2017 Tudor Life magazine.

To get them and to find out more about this wonderful resource for Tudor lovers, go to:


The Tudor Society



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Stephan Edwards talks about Lady Jane Grey…


Historian Stephan Edwards has been interviewed on Australian ABC Radio about Lady Jane Grey.

Stephan is the author of ‘A Queen of a New Invention: Portraits of Lady Jane Grey Dudley, England’s Nine Days Queen’ and ‘The Lady Jane Grey’s Prayer Book: British Library Harley Manuscript 2342, Fully Illustrated and Transcribed.’

His website is Some Grey Matter.


(c) Stephan Edwards



You can listen to the interview at:

ABC Radio – The rise and fall of Lady Jane Grey.




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To celebrate the publication of the paperback of In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII…


The paper back of ‘In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII’s iconic queens’ by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger was published on 15th July.


(c) Amberley Publishing


Last year this web site took part in the book blog tour. Here is their guest extract:


Rye House, Hertfordshire


The Gatehouse of Rye House –
all that remains of Katherine’s childhood home.




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Books 2017 -on sale now- In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII (paperback) by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger


15th July 2017 – In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII: The visitor’s companion to the palaces, castles & houses associated with Henry VIII’s iconic queens (paperback) by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger


(c) Amberley Publishing


‘This book provides a fresh perspective on the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives by embarking on a journey through the manors, castles and palaces in which their lives were played out. This journey traces their steps to the Alhambra in Spain, childhood home of Katherine of Aragon; to the very room at Acton Court where Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII publicly dined; through the cobbled grounds of Hampton Court Palace, which bore witness to both triumph and tragedy for Jane Seymour; into the streets of Düsseldorf in Germany, birthplace of Anne of Cleves; among the ruins and picturesque gardens of St Mary’s Abbey in York where Catherine Howard and Henry VIII rested at the pinnacle of the 1541 progress; and to Gainsborough Old Hall in Lincolnshire, where Katherine Parr lived as daughter-in-law of the irascible Sir Thomas Brough.

Each location is described in a fascinating narrative that unearths the queens’ lives in documents and artefacts, as well as providing practical visitor information based on the authors’ first-hand knowledge of each site. Accompanied by an extensive range of images including timelines, maps, photographs and sketches, this book brings us closer than ever to the women behind the legends, providing a personal and illuminating journey in the footsteps of the six wives of Henry VIII.’

From Amazon.co.uk

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Books 2017 – on sale today – 13th July


13th July 2017 – Cecily Duchess of York by J L Laynesmith


(c) A&C Black Advantage


‘This is the first scholarly biography of Cecily Neville, duchess of York, the mother of Edward IV and Richard III. She was said to have ruled Edward IV ‘as she pleased’ and Richard III made his bid for the throne from her home. Yet Cecily has been a shadowy figure in modern histories, noted primarily for her ostentatious piety, her expensive dresses, and the rumours of her adultery.

Here J. L. Laynesmith draws on a wealth of rarely considered sources to construct a fresh and revealing portrait of a remarkable woman. Cecily was the only major protagonist to live right through the Wars of the Roses. This book sheds new light on that bloody conflict in which Cecily proved herself an exceptional political survivor. Skilfully manipulating her family connections and contemporary ideas about womanhood, Cecily repeatedly reinvented herself to protect her own status and to ensure the security of those in her care.

From her childhood marriage to Richard duke of York until her final decade as grandmother of the first Tudor queen, the story of Cecily Neville’s life provides a rich insight into national and local politics, women’s power and relationships, motherhood, household dynamics and the role of religion in fifteenth-century England.’

From Amazon.co.uk

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Queen of Bradgate Park Celebrations


The Queen of Bradgate Park celebrations begin tomorrow.



Full details can be found here.

I am looking forward to reading the eulogy at the Remembrance and Rose Petal Service on Sunday 16th July.



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