You would think with how popular the Tudor era is that new 2017 releases would be easy to find, but this list has taken me ages to get and I’ve listed a few of these before, but here are nine new Tudor Era books released in 2017 (many of these however are based on U.K dates and probably won’t be released in the North America until next year)
The King’s Pearl: Henry VIII and his daughter Mary by Melita Thomas (September 15th)
The House of Beaufort: The Bastard Line that Captured the Crown Nathen Amin (August 15th/Novembver 1st)
Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester: The Romance
and Conspiracy that Threatened Queen Elizabeth’s Court by Nicola Tallis (November 2nd)
Sisters to the King: TheRemarkable True Story of Henry VIII’s Sisters by Maria Perry (November 2nd)
Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sisterby Maria Perry (December 7th)
Anne Boleyn: Femme Fatale by Amy Licence (November 15th)
Owen Tudor Found Father of the Tudor Dynasty by Terry Breverton (October 1st)
House of Power: The Places that Shaped the Tudor World by Simon Thurley (April 20th)
This Orient Isle: Elizabethan England and the Islamic World by Jerry Brotton (March 2nd)
Anne Boleyn is known for her motto “Aisi sera groigne qui groigne - Let them grumble; that is how it is going to be” which she adopted from 1529-1532. Perhaps as response to those who defied the future Queen of England and wife of King Henry VIII.
Once coronated, she had adapted the motto “The Most Happy”, however it is not known why this motto was adopted. Perhaps to reflect her feelings in 1533 when she had become Queen of England.
Anne is mostly known for influencing Henry VIII to create the Church of England, and is also known for being the mother to Queen Elizabeth I, the Golden Queen.
Unfortunately, Queen Anne Boleyn was executed on May 19th, 1536; for false charges of incest, treason, and adultery. However, her legacy still lives on today, as one of the most influential queens of the Tudor Era.
“She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in heaven.”
Margaret Beaufort was only 13 years old when she gave birth to her only son Henry Tudor, named after his half-uncle Lancaster King Henry VI. The father, Edmund Tudor had died of the plague in November 1456.
Due to her young age, her body was not yet build to deliver a child, therefor the birth was terribly difficult and almost killed both her and her baby. Some say the complications damaged her body so severely, she was left barren, which could explain why she had no other children, despite being married twice.
Unfortunately she was not allowed to raise him and he fell under guardianship of his uncle Jasper Tudor, who had also sheltered Margaret when she was pregnant and widowed.
During long years of separation and exile for Henry and Jasper, Margaret devoted her life and loyalty to her son and House Lancaster, praying that one day her son would be allowed to return to England and, if God wants it, would become King.
Her patience, faith and devotion was rewarded for in 1485, after the battle of Bosworth, her son became King Henry VII of England and she remained proudly by his side as ‘The King’s Mother’ and advised her son during his entire reign.
Well, look at you. Oooh, Elizabeth, the morality queen! “Hi, I’m The Virgin Queen, I’ve never lit anybody on fire before!” YOU KNOW, YOU BURN THREE HUNDRED PROTESTANTS AT THE STAKE AND EVERYBODY FREAKS OUT!
On this day in 1554, the ‘nine day queen’ - Lady Jane Grey - was beheaded at the Tower of London. Grey was born to noble lineage, as her great-grandfather was King Henry VII, and by aged ten secured a place at the court of Henry VIII’s wife Katherine Parr. In 1553, she married the son of the Duke of Northumberland, who was serving as regent for the young and ailing King Edward VI. The Protestant Northumberland feared the throne falling to Edward’s Catholic heir, Mary Tudor, and arranged marriages that allowed the crown to pass to the pious Protestant Jane upon Edward’s death. However, Mary did not take this slight lightly. Mary gathered her legions of followers, and support for Jane quickly fell in the face of the fearsome Mary - often referred to as 'Bloody Mary’. Either way, this was the first time England was faced with the prospect of a queen as sole ruler of the nation. Jane was never crowned and only reigned as Queen for nine days before she agreed to relinquish the throne and was imprisoned in the Tower of London by the then-Queen Mary. She pleaded guilty to the charges of high treason bought against her, and after her father supported a rebellion against Mary led by Thomas Wyatt, Grey and her family were executed. Her husband was executed first, and Grey watched from her window as he was beheaded, before heading to the scaffold herself; her father was executed eleven days after her. Grey, despite being only sixteen or seventeen years old, faced her imminent death with courage and dignity, refusing to convert to Mary’s Catholicism even if it meant her life. Queen Mary ruled with an iron fist, persecuting Protestant dissenters, until her death in 1558, when she was succeeded by her Protestant half-sister, Elizabeth I.
“Live still to die, that by death you may purchase eternal life…As the preacher sayeth, there is a time to be born and a time to die; and the day of death is better than the day of our birth” - Lady Jane Grey in a letter soon before her execution
The execution scene was especially important to Natalie: “By the end
of the season, when I’m standing on that scaffold,” she told Michael, “I
hope you write it the way it should be. And I want the effect of that
scene to remain with viewers for the length of the series.
I want the audience to be standing with her on that scaffold. I want
those who have judged her harshly to change their allegiance so they
actually love her and empathize with her.
However the scene was scripted, this would require a lot of Natalie
herself, especially since the show was not filmed in chronological
sequence, and the execution scene was shot first, before the episodes
that led up to it. At dawn, standing in the courtyard of Dublin’s
Kilmainham Jail, the site of many actual executions, she had “a good
cry” with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. “It was incredibly haunting and
harrowing—I felt the weight of history on my shoulders.”
she had “lived and breathed Anne for months on end,” and had “tremendous
sympathy for the historical figure,” it did not require a radical shift
of mood to prepare herself for the scene. “I was a real crucible of
emotions for those few days. By the time I walked on to the scaffold, I
hope I did have that phenomenal air of dignity that Anne had.” Anne’s
resigned, contained anguish did not have to be forced, because by then,
Natalie was herself in mourning for the character: “As I was saying the
lines, I got the feeling I was saying good-bye to a character. And when
it was over I grieved for her.”
Hirst, too, recalls the heightened emotions of shooting that scene:
“That was an amazing day. Extraordinary day. After, I went in to
congratulate her. She was weeping and saying, `She’s with me Michael. She’s with me.’”
The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen
- Susan Bordo
Food for thought: Was Anne of Cleves actually ugly, (pockmarks, etc)? Or was she "normal" / just not henry's "type." (Did henry even have a type?)
Nah, she wasn’t ugly, at least not by the standards of her contemporaries. Of course, we have to account for reports being exaggerated for diplomacy’s sake, but observers broadly stated she was rather attractive, quite pretty in fact (one said she was more handsome than Katheryn Howard).
Namely, I think there was a lack of chemistry and that she wasn’t what Henry expected – AoC was gracious but, it seems, awkward. Understandably so, as she did not know the culture and England seems to have been more “polished” than her homeland of Cleves. My opinion is she was not sophisticated; her brother insisted to Henry that she not be allowed to learn any instruments and, iirc, tried to prevent her from singing and dancing as well. She had decidedly not been educated finely in the way of Henry’s first two wives. Instead, she was taught to run a household efficiently among other traditional domestic duties such as needlework. I don’t think that was necessarily a deal breaker, however, as Jane Seymour was much the same. Elizabeth Norton, biographer of both, states “Jane Seymour received an education as limited as Anne’s”. She goes on to say that Anne’s mother provided her the best education she saw fit for the wife of a German duke or prince, but “it was very far from what would have been ideal as a future queen of England”.
What strained and damaged their relationship from the start was AoC rejecting Henry on sight, when he did the chivalrous act of trying to swoop in and woo her dressed as a peasant. Anne swiped left. You can’t blame her: Anne reacted coldly and probably disgusted because she did not know this man and had not been raised on the code of courtly love and chivalry (which he did not seem to be aware of). Her reaction and rejection left a very sour taste in Henry’s mouth. It was a disastrous first meeting for the couple.
Last but not least, Henry was used to building some sort of relationship with the woman in question before marriage; AoC was the only one he did not know on some grounds before nuptials.
It’s a shame, though – Anne would have made an able albeit probably traditional consort. By my reckoning, she was the most like Elizabeth of York. They were both reported as very genuinely sweet and charitable people, and they both loved a good time and music, etc. AoC took to English culture like a fish to water and she loved his children, especially Elizabeth from what I’ve read. I think she would have made a fine and competent consort. England certainly was fond of her.