A Realm Divided by Dan Jones added to Books 2015


8 October – A Realm Divided: England in 1215 by Dan Jones

(c) Head of Zeus

(c) Head of Zeus


‘1215 – the penultimate year of the reign of a king with the worst reputation of any in our history – saw England engulfed by crisis.

Weakened by the loss of Normandy, King John faced insurrection by his disgruntled barons. With the assistance of the Archbishop of Canterbury, they drew up a list of their demands. In June, in a quiet Thames-side water-meadow, John attached his regal seal – under oath – to a charter that set limits on regal power. In return, the barons renewed their vows of fealty. Groundbreaking though ‘Magna Carta’ was, it had scant immediate impact as England descended into civil war that would still be raging when John died the following year.

Dan Jones’s vivid account of the vicissitudes of feudal power politics and the workings of 13th-century government is interwoven with a exploration of the lives of ordinary people: how and where they worked, what they wore, what they ate, and what role the Church played in their lives.

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Jane’s Betrothal Is Announced…


Eric Ives writes that Jane, ‘like the overwhelming majority of girls of her class…came to attention only when it was announced that she was to marry.’ (1) This announcement happened 462 years ago today. Ives states that ‘the earliest evidence of Jane’s betrothal to Guildford is a warrant dated 24 April 1553 to deliver ‘wedding apparel’ to the bride and groom, their respective mothers and also the lady marquis of Northampton.’ (2)

Four days later, the Imperial Ambassador, Jehan Scheyfve, reported news of the upcoming marriage in two reports.

‘Nevertheless, his conduct is open to suspicion, especially considering that during the last few days he has found means to ally and bind his son, my Lord Guilford, to the Duke of Suffolk’s eldest daughter, whose mother is the third heiress to the crown by the testamentary dispositions of the late King, and has no heirs male.’ (3)

He also writes.

‘My Lord Guilford, son of the Duke of Northumberland, is betrothed to the eldest daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, with the consent and approval of the King and his Council. Their marriage is to be solemnized at Whitsuntide.’ (4)

In a further report dated 12 May, the Ambassador includes details of the forthcoming wedding.

‘This Whitsuntide the marriage of the Duke of Northumberland’s son to the eldest daughter of the late Duke of Suffolk is to be celebrated. They are making preparations for games and jousts. The King has sent presents of rich ornaments and jewels to the bride.’ (5)



Sources

1. Ives, E. (2009) Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery, Wiley-Blackwell, p.183
2. Ibid p.185.
3. ‘Spain: April 1553′, in Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 11, 1553, ed. Royall Tyler (London, 1916), pp. 23-37 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/spain/vol11/pp23-37 [accessed 21 April 2015].
4. Ibid.
5. ‘Spain: May 1553′, in Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume 11, 1553, ed. Royall Tyler (London, 1916), pp. 37-48 http://www.british-history.ac.uk/cal-state-papers/spain/vol11/pp37-48 [accessed 22 April 2015].


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Stephan Edwards finds another possible Jane portrait…


Two months after the publication of his detailed search for portraits of Lady Jane Grey, Stephan Edwards has posted about a new painting on his website, Some Grey Matter.

The South Carolina Portrait


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Website update – A Queen of a New Invention


‘A Queen of a New Invention: Portraits of Lady Jane Grey Dudley, England’s ‘Nine Days Queen’ by Stephan Edwards added to the General Works section of the bibliography.

Entries added to the following:

Primary Accounts – Birth and Spinola.

Paintings – Althorp, Anglesey Abbey, Audley End, Berry Hill, Bodleian, Chatsworth/Hardwick, Chawton, Eworth, Fulbeck, Grimsthorpe, Harrington, Hastings, Houghton, Huntington, Jersey, Klabin, Lady Jayne/Streatham, Lumley, Madresfield, Norris, Northwick Park, NPG Unknown Woman, Pickering, Portland Miniature, Rotherwas, Somerley, Soule, Syon, Tayler, Teerlinc and Wrest Park.

Engravings – Cooper, Vertue, and White.


(c) Stephan Edwards

(c) Stephan Edwards


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Books 2015 – On sale now – In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn (paperback)


In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn (paperback) by Sarah Morris and Natalie Grueninger

(c) Amberley Publishing

(c) Amberley Publishing


‘On the morning of 19 May 1536, a French blade stilled the heart of an English queen. Her name was Anne Boleyn and her story has made an indelible mark on history. This book will take you through stately homes, castles, chapels and artefacts with a connection to Anne. Explore Hever Castle, Anne’s childhood home where two breathtaking Books of Hours both signed and inscribed by Anne Boleyn herself are housed; visit Thornbury Castle where Henry VIII and Anne stayed during their 1535 royal progress and see the octagonal bedchamber where they slept; stand in the very room in Windsor Castle where Anne was made Marquis of Pembroke. Each location is covered by an accessible and informative narrative, which unearths the untold stories and documents the artefacts. Accompanied by an extensive range of images, including photographs, floor plans and sketches, this book brings the sixteenth century vividly to life – and takes you on your own personal and compelling journey in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn.’

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Books 2015 – Not on sale today -The Story of the Tower of London by Tracy Borman


Tracy Borman tells me that her new book will be published in July.


 (c) Merrell Publishers

(c) Merrell Publishers


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Books 2015 – On sale today…


6 April – Richard III’s ‘Beloved Cousyn': John Howard and the House of York (Paperback) by John Ashdown-Hill


(c) The History Press

(c) The History Press


‘In 1455 John Howard was an untitled and relatively obscure Suffolk gentleman. Thirty years later, at the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth Field, he was Earl Marshal, Duke of Norfolk, Lord Admiral and a very rich man (and his direct descendant is Duke of Norfolk today). How had Howard attained these elevations? Through his service to the House of York, and in particular to King Richard III during the setting aside of Edward V. John Ashdown-Hill examines why Howard chose to support Richard, even ultimately at the cost of his life; what secrets he knew about Edward IV; what he had to do with the fate of the ‘Princes in the Tower;’ and what naval innovations, hitherto ascrided to the Tudors, he promoted. Based on original research and containing previously unpublished material, Richard III’s ‘Beloved Cousyn’ is an important contribution to Ricardian scholarship.’

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Lady Katherine and Mary Grey mentioned in BBC History Magazine article


Lady Katherine and Mary Grey are briefly mentioned in an article in the April 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine.


(c) BBC History Magazine

(c) BBC History Magazine


The article, ‘Personal Politics in Elizabeth I’s Court’ by Susan Doran, looks at how ‘the Virgin Queen’s possessive treatment of her favourite advisors and maids of honour was driven by political motives than by petty jealousy.’

Susan Doran’s new book, ‘Elizabeth I and Her Circle’ was published in March.


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Website update


‘Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors’ by David Baldwin added to the Other Biographies section of the bibliography.

Entries added to the following:

Primary Accounts – Birth, Captivity and Feckenham, Engravings – Stained Glass Window, and Writings of Lady Jane Grey – Letters – Letter to a Friend.


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5 November – The King is Dead by Suzannah Lipscomb

‘On 28 January 1547, the sickly and obese King Henry VIII died at Whitehall. Just hours before his passing, his last will and testament had been read, stamped and sealed. The will confirmed the line of succession as Edward, Mary and Elizabeth; and, following them, the Grey and Suffolk families. It also listed bequests to the king’s most trusted councillors and servants.

Henry’s will is one of the most intriguing and contested documents in British history. Historians have disagreed over its intended meaning, its authenticity and validity, and the circumstances of its creation. As well as examining the background to the drafting of the will and describing Henry’s last days, Suzannah Lipscomb offers her own, illuminating interpretation of one of the most significant constitutional documents of the Tudor period.

Illustrated with portraits of key figures at Henry’s court, including the executors named by Henry in his will, THE KING IS DEAD is a Tudor gift book to cherish, as authoritative as it is beautiful.’

From Amazon.co.uk

Suzannah Lipscomb

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7 November – ‘Ambition and Vainglory': Edward Seymour, Tudor Lord Protector of England by Margaret Scard

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