tudor history

Bessie Blount – The Beauty Of Her Time

In the next instalment of horny Henry VIII’s many royal mistresses, the spotlight turns to the mistress who gave him what he desired most – a healthy son. The lady that gave him that was Bessie Blount. Unfortunately, there’s no definitive surviving image of Elisabeth Blount (better known as Bessie). Some historians have speculated that…

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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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