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10 June 2012 @ 12:56 pm
Tudor things from the Telegraph  
1. Thomas Cromwell letter to Henry VIII before Anne of Cleves marriage discovered
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9322677/Thomas-Cromwell-letter-to-Henry-VIII-before-Anne-of-Cleves-marriage-discovered.html

It's amazing that things like this are still out there, waiting for a seller's whim to come to light.

2. Summer was most dangerous time for Tudors, research shows
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/9185367/Summer-was-most-dangerous-time-for-Tudors-research-shows.html

The headline on that one seems slightly misleading (it's about ordinary sixteenth-century people, not the Tudor monarchs), but interesting all the same for the sheer variety of fatal agricultural accidents it mentions (apparently June was Danger Month). This one strikes me as the most existentially terrifying: "Many were killed while chopping wood or cutting down ash, oak and poplar, with one unfortunate soul even falling asleep beside a hayrick which collapsed and suffocated him" (my emphasis).
 
 
 
viomisehuntviomisehunt on June 10th, 2012 05:44 pm (UTC)
I always liked what I read about Anne of Cleves, maybe because I'm a big Elizabeth fan. I liked what I read of Princess Mary as well. Religion has a lot to answer for.

Thanks for sharing this.
tempestsarekind: i am my father's daughter [elizabeth]tempestsarekind on June 10th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
No problem!

One of the heartbreaking things about these women's stories, for me, is that it isn't *just* religion in play; it's also the whims of one man.
La Reine Noire: Elizabethlareinenoire on June 11th, 2012 03:09 am (UTC)
One of the heartbreaking things about these women's stories, for me, is that it isn't *just* religion in play; it's also the whims of one man.

I am not very nice to Henry VIII at all in any of my classes (and I'm also clearly an Elizabeth fangirl). Whenever I have to put forward ideas for why Elizabeth I never married, even though I do my best not to speculate, I do point out that she wasn't set a particularly promising example.
tempestsarekindtempestsarekind on June 11th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Seriously! I mean, I think it's deeply peculiar that the idea of Elizabeth's not marrying seems to be so unthinkable for some people, because, hi, her parents were an advertisement for the single life.