Henry VIII – King of England — The Freelance History Writer

Henry VIII by Hans Eworth after Holbein England’s most famous (or infamous) king, Henry VIII, was born on June 28, 1491 at Greenwich Palace. The second surviving son of Henry VII and the Yorkist princess, Elizabeth of York, he would reign as the second Tudor monarch. Henry received a classical humanist education and his father […]…

Meet a Historian: Robin S. Reich on Making Sense of Medieval Medicine: Humors, Weird Animal Parts, and Experiential Knowledge — A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry

Note from the Editor: I’m excited that I have our first (hopefully of many!) guest post to share with you and it is a fascinating topic to start with. The history of medicine (and the history of science more generally) is a captivating and important sub-field and a frequent reader-request, but also a place where […]…

The House of Tudor

ItSir Owen Tudor (Welsh: Owain ap Maredudd ap Tudur,[nb 1] c. 1400–1461) was a Welsh courtier and the second husband of Catherine of Valois (1401–1437), Henry V’s widow. He was the grandfather of Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty. Owen was a descendant of a prominent family from Penmynydd on the Isle of Anglesey,…

Anglo-Saxon Women in England

Originally posted on The Freelance History Writer:
The Freelance History writer wrote an article on Anglo-Saxon Women in England for the Mittlealter website a few years ago. On the topic of ordinary Anglo-Saxon women in England there are some limited sources of historical information. These are mostly in the form of wills and charters, literature…

Virtual Tudors (with bad teeth) Revealed

Originally posted on Effaced From History?:
Swansea University researchers in the College of Engineering have been contributing to the digital presentation of life aboard Henry VIII’s doomed flagship the Mary Rose, including a 3D scan of the skull of a carpenter with a nasty mouth abscess and head wound above his eyebrow. The website has public and research pages,…

Prologue viii

Originally posted on glorianacomic:
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How big did Henry get?

Originally posted on Fudors:
The King, being lusty, young and courageous, greatly delighted in feats of chivalry – Edward Hall, The Union of the Two Noble and Illustre Families of Lancaster and Yorke On thinking of Henry VIII, the first image that will spring to mind for many people is that of a large, round and…

Skirret: the forgotten Tudor vegetable

Originally posted on Fudors:
The sweetest, whitest and most pleasant of roots, – John Worlidge, The Art of Gardening. Having been forgotten for centuries, the sweet root vegetable which was beloved by many Tudor diners only recently returned to Hampton Court Palace. The skirret was everything that we love in a vegetable: tasty, unfussy when…

Medieval Monday: The Thrill of The Hunt

Originally posted on Allison D. Reid:
“The time of the hunter is without idleness and without evil thoughts…hunters live in this world more joyfully than any other men. For when the hunter rises in the morning he sees a sweet and fair morn and clear weather and bright and he heareth the song of the…