tudor history

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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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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Hardwick Hall – More Glass than Wall

In the midst of the Derbyshire Hills lies an extraordinary house built by an extraordinary woman. It was a marvel of its age – a true prodigy house (a large and showy country English country house built by a courtier or wealth family). It is as legendary as its creator. Hardwick Hall was built by…

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