401st Anniversary of Arbella Stuart’s Death


 Arbella Stuart

Arbella Stuart

Today marks the 401st anniversary of the death of Arbella Stuart in the Tower of London.

Last year I visited the Arbella exhibition at Hardwick Hall, which was to commemorate the 400th anniversary.

Arbella Stuart and the Greys



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An Evening with Leanda de Lisle at Bradgate Park – Thursday 29th September


Best selling author and historian, Leanda de Lisle, will be giving a talk about the Grey Sisters to mark the opening of the new Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park.

The talk will be held at the Conservatory Tearoom at 7.30pm on Thursday 29th September.

For ticket details see – Bradgate Park – An Evening with Leanda de Lisle

For further details – Bradgate Park and Leanda de Lisle




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British Museum – French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet


I am looking forward to going to this free exhibition at the British Museum. In Room 90, ‘French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet’ opened on 8th September and runs until 29th January 2017.

After reading ‘The Rival Queens: Catherine de’ Medici, Her Daughter Marguerite de Valois, and the Betrayal That Ignited a Kingdom’ by Nancy Goldstone, I am interested to see Clouet’s ‘drawing of the French Renaissance queen Catherine de’Medici, shown for the first time’ (according to the Evening Standard). (1)


François Clouet, Portrait of Catherine de’ Medici, British Museum, London ©Trustees of the British Museum.

François Clouet, Portrait of Catherine de’ Medici, British Museum, London
©Trustees of the British Museum.


A fascinating insight to the exhibition by one of the curators is available in their blog:

The Idle Woman – Potterings in History and Fiction – French Portrait Drawings from Clouet to Courbet


British Museum – French Portrait Drawings from Clouet to Courbet


Sources

1. Evening Standard – British Museum exhibitions, review: Tender tales of chalk and charcoal with Clouet, Courbet and Maggi Hambling by Ben Luke


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Lady Jane to feature in November issue of BBC History Magazine


Lady Jane will feature in an article by Nicola Tallis in the November issue of BBC History Magazine.

According to History Extra:

‘Nicola Tallis revisits the dramatic fall of Lady Jane Grey, the Tudor ‘Nine Day Queen’, and asks: why did she have to die?’

The November issue goes on sale on Thursday 6th October.

Nicola’s excellent biography of Lady Jane, ‘Crown of Blood: The Deadly Inheritance of Lady Jane Grey’ will be published by Michael O’Mara in the UK on 3 November.


(c) Michael O'Mara Books

(c) Michael O’Mara Books


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Website Update


(c) Stephan Edwards

(c) Stephan Edwards


‘The Lady Jane Grey’s Prayer Book: British Library Harley Manuscript 2342, Fully Illustrated and Transcribed’ by J Stephan Edwards added to the General Works section of the bibliography.

Entries added to the following:

Primary Accounts – Birth, Execution, Paintings – Eworth, Syon, Writings of Lady Jane Grey – Letters – Farewell Letters – Message to Sir John Brydges, Letters to Father, Speech from Scaffold, Signatures, and Items – Prayer Book.



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