Bibliographies: Civil Wars

    Britain in Revolution, Austin Woolrych (Superb ‘ bible’ of the English Revolution everything you wanted to know) Black Tom: Sir Thomas Fairfax & the English revolution, Andrew Hopper (detailed lifeRead More

    The Perfect Sword

    The story of an ancient and exceptional sword found at Bamburgh by author Edoardo Albert

    The Great Rebuilding

    The story of the transformation of England’s vernacular architecture in the 16th and 17th centuries

    The Times: Right to Roam

      Nick Hayes lives on a houseboat moored on the north bank of the Thames alongside Hardwick House in south Oxfordshire, the clues to his work and passion displayed onRead More

    Egleton Church, Rutland

    The Aged M and I took a minute to check out a local Rutland church at Egleton, noted for its birdwatching on Empingham reservoir these days. It’s a small churchRead More

    Some opinions about Henry VIII

    Just a few quotes I have picked up over the last year about Henry VIII. Don’t forget the Henry VIII Poll after the podcast on 15th July. The official oraclesRead More

    Anne Askew, Martyr and Author

    Anne Askew – protestant martyr, renaissance writer, woman who refused to submit to the rules of her day, and innocent victim of vicious Tudor politics.

    Medieval Castles

    The Medieval Castle Mention the Middle Ages and most people immediately visualize a great stone castle, surrounded by a sturdy moat, and protected by Knights on horseback and legions ofRead More

    Anne Boleyn Website links

    Some links to topics on the Anne Boleyn Files and On the Tudor Trail websites to open the door to a world of amazing information

    Bishop John Fisher

    John Fisher was a man of courage and integrity who openly defied Henry VIII

    St Bartholomew the Great

    My tale of the Church of St Bartholomew the great. Available in podcast format too, if you become a member ! An Oasis discovered There I was in Smithfield. Frankly itRead More

    Henry VIII and his Beard

    Henry changed the royal attitudes to beard, but almost caused a diplomatic incident in the process

    Cardinal Wolsey: A Timeline

    The famous Cardinal was born in 1571, and died about 60 years later. It was a rags to rags story. Here is a simple timeline charting his personal rise toRead More

    The Minions of Henry VIII

    One of the delightful things about the passion for Tudor history is the quality of information freely available about the characters that inhabited Henry VIII’s world. So this page givesRead More

    Pictish Stones

    Pictish stones, their symbols and images are both fascinating and inspiring

    Early Tudor Court

    The king was the government. His household was to serve all his needs – and provide a properly magnificent ceremonial setting for his glory and power.

    Catherine Gordon and Perkin Warbeck

    In November 1495, the Pretender (from the french for ‘claimant’) Perkin Warbeck arrived at the Scottish court, looking for allies in his attempt to win the English throne. Which of courseRead More

    Medieval Prices and Wages

    Medieval prices and wages are basically impossible to know. I can hear you fighting against this as a write but there are so many vagaries. Just for example – board and lodging wouldRead More


    Given its size, it’s really rather remarkable what has happened at Fotheringhay. In this lovely stone village with its magnificent perpendicular church across green fields and the River Nene, theRead More

    Henry VII and the historians

     The Tudor myth When looking at how historians have dealt with Henry VII, the startingpoint has to be the story that Henry VII told about himself, and that his successorsRead More

    Henry VII Character and Portraits

    Personality of the king By and large, Henry impressed those people, especially foreign visitors, who have left us opinions. But firstly, Polydore Vergil again: His spirit was distinguished, wise and prudent;Read More

    The Family de la Pole

    The story of the de la Pole family – from ‘rags to rags’ over 6 generations between 1290 and 1525, is evidence that there were ways to escape the rigidityRead More

    St Bees

    We arrived at the delightfully named St Bees in Cumbria on the North West coast of England, and we found a load of things; a saint with all the delightful mythsRead More

    The indispensable John Morton

    John Morton was at the very top of Henry VII’s government, and a man with a high reputation – and yet now is largely forgotten. Morton’s reputation suffers I think for 3Read More

    Contemporary Sources

    On the Richard III section, I have put a few pages with contemporary content- there are links below so you can use this as a contents page, as well asRead More

    Dominic Mancini

    Dominic Mancini and ‘The usurpation of Richard III’ Not much is known about Dominic Mancini’s life; but he was probably born before 1434, and therefore somewhere around 50 when heRead More

    Major players in 1483

    Here are a few of the players that would play a leading role in the reigns of Edward V and Richard III. Below you’ll find:   Thomas Stanley, Earl ofRead More