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23 April 1445: The Wedding of Henry VI and Margaret of Anjou
On 23 April - some sources suggest 22 April - 1445, Henry VI married Margaret of Anjou at Titchfield Abbey in Hampshire. The king was twenty-three years old and his new bride was fifteen. Margaret, who was born in Lorraine, had arrived in England on 9 April...

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The Execution of Lady Anne Lisle
I have visited Winchester several times. It is a beautiful and historic city with much to see for the history lover, including the grand and imposing Winchester Cathedral, where Mary I married Philip of Spain in 1554. However, I did not know that on 2 Septe...

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International Women's Day 2
Today is International Women's Day. My research to date has primarily focused on late medieval and early modern women, specifically queenship. Earlier this year, MadeGlobal published my book Queenship in England 1308-1485, the culmination of years of resear...

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8 February 1587: The Execution of Mary I of Scotland
Before the sixteenth-century, executing a queen would have been virtually unthinkable in pre-modern Europe. By 1587, however, executing queens in England was not a strange concept. On 8 February that year, Mary I of Scotland - or Mary, Queen of Scots as she...

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Holocaust Memorial Day
Above: York Minster's Star of David - image credit, York Minster. The Holocaust, the genocide masterminded by the Nazis, took place between 1941 and 1945, at the same time as the Second World War was being fought. More than fifty years later, the horrors of...

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Happy New Year! I am delighted to inform you that my new book, Queenship in England , will be published on 12 January 2017 by MadeGlobal. The book is currently available on Amazon to preorder on Kindle, and will be available soon in paperback. You can preor...

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The Tudors and TV: Is There Anything New to Say?
Tudor enthusiasts greeted the news of Lucy Worsley's new BBC documentary about the six wives of Henry VIII with excitement. For those of us fascinated by the Tudor period, we cannot get enough of it; we read about it, we watch documentaries about it, we vis...

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8 December 1542: The Birth of Mary, Queen of Scots
On 8 December 1542, a princess was born to Scotland. At Linlithgow Palace, Queen Marie de Guise, consort to James V of Scotland, delivered a daughter, who was named Mary; she would be their only surviving child. Six days later, Mary became queen of Scotland...

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The Death of Francois II of France
On 5 December 1560, King Francois II of France died at the age of sixteen years old in Orl éans . His reign had lasted merely sixteen months, having succeeded his father, Henri II, on 10 July 1559. Francois' health had deteriorated rapidly in the autumn and...

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28 November 1499: The Execution of Edward Plantagenet, Earl of Warwick
Above: Edward was the son of George, duke of Clarence (left) and Isabel Neville, duchess of Clarence (right). 28 November 1499 is one of the darkest days in Tudor history, for it witnessed the execution of Edward Plantagenet, earl of Warwick. The earl, who ...
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