Review – Uncrowned Queen by Nicola Tallis

is the first comprehensive biography about Margaret Beaufort – mother of Henry VII and the Tudor dynasty – in 30 years. It would be an understatement to say I was more than a little excited when I found out this remarkable lady was to have her story retold for a whole new generation. Why? Well,…

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Coughton Court – Home of Catholic Conspiracies

I’m guessing you may not have heard of Coughton Court. But this delightful and overlooked historic property in Warwickshire has played host to some important moments from English history – for all the wrong reasons! Who lived at Coughton Court? Coughton Court is home to the Thockmorton family. If you’re a bit of a Tudor…

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Royal Witches – A Halloween Review

AD How do you stop a powerful woman? Call her a witch. Alongside treason, it is probably the worst thing a woman could be accused of. Once you have been tainted with the accusation of witchcraft, there’s no going back. Throughout history, any women who defied their societal norms was open to accusations of witchcraft….

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Baddesley Clinton – The Perfect Medieval Moated Manor House

If you’ve seen my recent post on charming Charlecote Park, you will know I am quickly falling in love with historic Warwickshire. There’s one historic house in Warwickshire that has been on my to-visit list for a long time – the romantic Baddesley Clinton. It’s the perfect medieval moated manor house that has been both an…

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Chirk Castle – An Underrated Gem

Chirk Castle isn’t your ordinary Welsh castle. In the late 13th Century Edward I started building many castles in North Wales to consolidate his conquest. Today most of them are empty shells, where you have to use your imagination to conjure up the furniture and people that once filled the walls. But not Chirk. Chirk…

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Shakespeare’s Hunting Ground – Charlecote Park

Cast your mind back to your English GCSE days. And more specifically – William Shakespeare. Do you remember the tale about him running away from Stratford-Upon-Avon to London because he had been caught poaching? Well, you can still visit the place where it is supposed to have all happened. Tradition says that William Shakespeare was…

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