Last month I went to the Tudors exhibition at the Musée du Luxembourg, in Paris. I had a great time, there were so many beautiful pieces and I could finally see Anne Boleyn’s Book of Hours, I can’t describe the feeling I had standing in front of it, thinking she once held it in her hands.
I’m in another country right now (with really poor internet) so I hope nothing went wrong with this upload!
This video is really different for my channel, but I hope it is enjoyable. I’d like to make another video about this project, with a voiceover talking about the various pieces and lots more close ups.
This video shows a little bit of each piece, and how those pieces look worn. This was my first time trying it all on so now I see a few changes I should make, but for the most part i’m really happy with how this has come together!
I still haven’t finished posting my progress photos of this piece, so you’ll be seeing more of it + proper photos of it all together very soon!
Once home to Anne Boleyn, King Henry VIII’s unfortunate second wife, Hever Castle is a Tudor manor of exquisite beauty surrounded by some of Britain’s finest gardens. Try and stay dry in the unique water maze, walk among the flowers in the walled rose garden, then experience Tudor life in the rooms of the castle itself. You can even stay the night! Find out more
“She then turned to her ladies, who had ascended the scaffold with her, and told them not to be sorry to see her die, begging their pardon for any harshness towards them, praying them to take comfort for her loss, and admonishing them to ‘be always faithful to her whom with happier fortune ye may have as your queen and mistress.’ Anne then gave her prayer book to Lady Lee; entitled The Hours of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it had been made and illuminated for Anne in France around 1528, and she had inscribed it: ‘Remember me when you do pray, that hope doth lead from day to day.’”
On this day in 1509, upon the death of King Henry VII,
his son Henry VIII ascended to the English throne aged seventeen; his coronation took
place in June of the same year. Henry’s father had been the first King of the Tudor dynasty, a line that continued until 1603 with the death of Elizabeth I. Henry VIII is best remembered for his six
marriages, as he sought to produce a male heir, which ended in two divorces (Catherine of Aragon and Anne of Cleves), two executions (Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard), and one natural death (Jane Seymour). Henry’s rule is also marked by his efforts to separate the Church of England from the
Roman Catholic Church, a split which originated in Henry’s desire to divorce, which contradicted Catholic doctrine. The animosity between the King and the Pope in Rome saw Henry lead the dissolution of English monasteries, and establish the monarch as head of the
Church of England. While often portrayed as a despot, the king was indeed an accomplished scholar and generous patron of the arts; though it is now believed that he did not compose the famous tune ‘Greensleeves’ which is commonly attributed to him. Henry was King until his death in London in January 1547 aged 55, which some historians have attributed to the King’s obesity. Upon his father’s death, the young Edward VI became King, but his premature death aged fifteen sparked a secession struggle between his cousin and Henry’s daughters.
The tudor bodice from hell is done! It only took…well, I don’t want to talk about how long it took. But it’s done now! And in the last few weeks i’ve made major progress on the sleeves and skirt, so there isn’t much left to go.
I’m really excited to wrap this up. I haven’t made something this elaborate in a long time, if ever, and i’m eager to see how the finished ensemble will look.
The Treachery of Images:
All those famous paintings of Anne Boleyn? Are not actually paintings
of Anne Boleyn. Henry had every painting of her destroyed after her
The best-known paintings of Anne date to about 1590, or 60 years after
her death, when it became fashionable for wealthy noblemen to hang
portraits of the kings and queens of England in their long galleries.
The painters simply copied the face pattern of Queen Elizabeth, her
daughter, changing the colouring and the nose.
A tiny miniature of Anne dating to about 1576 was found inside a
locket ring worn by Queen Elizabeth. The ring is now kept at Chequers,
the Prime Minister’s official residence.
Travel back to Elizabethan times at Montacute House, an idyllic country mansion in Somerset. You’ll find Tudor portraits in the long gallery, and magnificent gardens to explore. You might also recognise the house from the film Sense and Sensibility, for which it was used as a location. Find out more
I finished this a bit ago but haven’t posted photos of it here! This is the french hood I made! I’m really pleased with it considering my lack of experience with headwear. I think the shape is quite nice and I love how the fabrics and beads look together.
National Portrait Gallery reunites Henry VIII with Catherine of Aragon
Image of first wife was thought to be of Catherine Parr, the sixth spouse who survived him, and was found in Lambeth Palace
Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon famously parted on tricky terms, but the National Portrait Gallery announced on Thursday it was reuniting the royal couple after it discovered an image of the devoutly Catholic queen hanging in, of all places, Lambeth Palace.
The gallery said a portrait always thought to be of Catherine Parr, Henry’s sixth wife who survived him, was in fact a depiction of the other Catherine – his first wife and the one his quest to divorce led to the titanic split with the Catholic church.
It has hung in a private sitting room of the official residence of the archbishop of Canterbury at least since the 19th century and probably longer.
The NPG’s Charlotte Bolland called it “an exciting discovery”, made when gallery staff went to Lambeth Palace to research its portrait of William Warham, the man who married Henry and Catherine as archbishop of Canterbury in 1509.
During the visit the Catherine portrait was spotted. “It was immediately apparent that it was in a very early frame, something which was a relatively rare survival from the early 16th century. It was a way of frame-making that went out of fashion. That was a kind of instant sign that it was something quite interesting.”
The woman’s costume also looked far more 1520s than 1540s, leading to gallery staff questioning whether it was Catherine Parr.
Lambeth Palace allowed the painting to be taken to the NPG’s conservation studio where x-ray and infrared research helped lead to the conclusion that it was in fact Catherine of Aragon.
The research is part of the NPG’s Making Art in Tudor Britain project, for which Bolland is curator. It has already thrown up fascinating discoveries, such as the finding that a portrait of Elizabeth I’s spymaster, Sir Francis Walsingham, had been painted on a Catholic devotional image of the Madonna and Child, quite possibly mischievously.
The NPG, also with mischief, has now hung the Catherine of Aragon portrait, on loan to it for five years, next to one of Henry from the same time. And next to the unhappy couple is Anne Boleyn, the other woman who became Henry’s second wife until her execution, by beheading, in 1536.