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Medieval Gold Henry VII Signet Glove Ring, 15th Century

A substantial gold ring dating from the period of Henry VII and the Wars of the Roses, the tapered band with channeled edges engraved with flower and foliage design, a line of three rose blooms at the shoulders, the circular bezel with incuse and retrograde design of a standing heraldic dragon passant sinister with wings addorsed and mouth open, palm branches above and behind, ’S’ before and a star below, with Latin retrograde Black Letter ’[n]c[e]’ inscription for ‘Believe and Conquer’ and the letter ’S’ possibly relating to the name of the owner.

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28th of January 1457 Pembroke Castle

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. 

anonymous asked:

What are your top non-fiction books on the Tudor dinasty and why?

Ooh, this is an easier one to answer.

Thomas Penn - The Winter King

One of the few genuinely even-handed accounts of Henry VII and full of great detail and research. One of the main reasons I like it, however, is that it gives Elizabeth of York her due and does a great job advancing the argument that Henry’s reign can be properly divided into two halves–one full of promise and the other sinking into paranoia, and that the fulcrum is Elizabeth’s death in 1503.

Arlene Okerlund - Elizabeth of York

Although I am not a fan of her biography of Elizabeth Woodville (too sensationalistic for my tastes), Okerlund does an excellent job separating rumour from verifiable fact in her biography of Elizabeth of York and illustrates exactly why the true matriarch of the Tudor dynasty deserves to be acknowledged more than she is. And, no, she was not constantly fighting with and/or overshadowed by Margaret Beaufort, another commonplace that Okerlund effectively debunks, along with that stupid, stupid one about her sleeping with Richard III.

Julia Fox - Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Juana of Castile and Katherine of Aragon

Only sort of about the Tudors, but a very good book that parallels the fates of the two most famous daughters of Isabella of Castile. The Tudors do get a lot of attention, however–both Henry VII and Henry VIII figure prominently not just in Katherine’s chapters but also in Juana’s, thus highlighting how major a role England played in Continental diplomacy during the first few decades of the sixteenth century.

Eric Ives - The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn

My favourite biography of Anne Boleyn, hands down. Ives has done his research and, once again, provided much-needed context for rumours that have long been taken as facts. On top of that, it’s incredibly well-written and engaging.

Carole Levin - The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power

One of the best bios of Elizabeth I out there and I really recommend it to everyone. Again, engagingly written and excellently researched. The author has put out a second edition with some updates based on recent findings as well.

Susan Brigden - New Worlds, Lost Worlds: The Reign of the Tudors

I don’t agree with everything in this book, but it’s a great introduction to sixteenth-century England and its major conflicts. One thing it adds that a lot of earlier studies do not is a focus on Ireland and England’s attempts over the century to colonize it (and, yes, colonize is exactly the correct term).

James Shapiro - 1599: A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare

Again, not strictly about the Tudors, but a fabulous glimpse into Elizabethan London and so well written. Even if you don’t care about Shakespeare, this book will make you care about him.

There are several highly recommended biographies of Mary I (Linda Porter, David Loades, and Anna Whitelock) that I’ve been meaning to read but haven’t had the chance to read yet. And I’ve read a number of chapters from other more generalized histories of the Reformation in particular, but these are the books that I’d recommend off the top of my head. I also tried to stick to books that aren’t overtly academic or too specialized–I can point to a whole pile of monographs on particular works of literature, but that’s probably not what people are looking for. :-)

Letter of Henry VII to the Mayor and Citizens of Waterford concerning Perkin Warbeck, 1497.

Originally posted by marystewart

“Trusty and well beloved, we greet you, and have received your writing, bearing date the first day of this instant month; whereby we conceive that Perkin Warbeck came unto the Haven of Cork the 25th day of July last passed, and that he intendeth to make sail thenee towards our county of Cornwall: for the which your certificate in this part, and for the true minds that you have always borne towards us, and now especially for the speedy sending of your said writing which we received the 5th day of this said month, in the morning, we give unto you our right hearty thanks, as we have singular cause so to do; praying you of your good perseverance in the same, and also to send unto us by your writing such news from time to time as shall be occurrent in those parts; whereby you shall minister unto us full good pleasure to your semblable thanks hereafter, and cause us not to forget your said good minds unto us in any your reasonable desires for time to come.

Given under our signet, at our manor of Woodstock, the 6th day of August.

Over this we pray you to put you in effectual diligence for the taking of the said Perkin, and him so taken to send unto us; wherein you shall not only singularly please us, but shall have also for the same, in money counted, the sum of a thousand marks sterling for your reward; whereunto you may verily trust, for so we assure you by this our present letter, and therefore we think it behoveful that you set forth ships to the sea for the taking of Perkin aforesaid. For they that take him, or bring or send him surely unto us, shall have undoubtedly the said reward. 

                                                                                             Henricus Rex.

Found/Seen at:  “Letters of the Kings of England, now first collected from royal archives, and other authentic sources private as well as public. Edited with an historical introduction and notes by James Orchard Halliwell.” Pages: 174/175

{god of the sky}

i. i of the storm // of monsters and men ii. awake! o sleeper // the brothers bright iii. friction // imagine dragons iv. jungle // jamie n commons v. warriors // imagine dragons vi. leave my body // florence + the machine vii. centuries // fall out boy viii. everybody wants to rule the world // versus remix ix. broken crown // mumford & sons x. kings // tribe society xi. uma thurman xii. i’m so sorry // imagine dragons xiii. remain nameless // florence + the machine xiv. final call // koven xv. skyfall // adele xvi. winter sound // of monsters and men || LISTEN

ubi concordia, ibi victoria// a grey warden mix [listen]

i. what a wonderful world - joseph william morgan ft. shadow royale ii. i see fire (a capella) - peter hollens iii. hey brother - avicii iv. you’re gonna go far, kid - the offspring v. heroes - måns zelmerlöw vi. warriors - imagine dragons vii. centuries - fall out boy viii. war - poets of the fall ix. sunday bloody sunday - u2 x. soldier side - system of a down xi. help is on the way - rise against xii. this is why we fight - the decemberists xiii. to glory - two steps from hell xiv. waiting… - city and colour xv. into the darkness - the phantoms  xvi. world on fire - les friction xvii. this is war - 30 seconds to mars xviii. awakening - celtic woman xix. viva la vida - coldplay xx. infinite legends - two steps from hell

What she says: I’m fine

What she really means: ever since the VII century there have been outbreaks of dancing mania, one person or several would start dancing, others following them in course of days, sometimes even months, until they collapsed of exhaustion, died of a heart attack, or were taken for an exorcism, these stopped abruptly in the XVII century and to this day historians are baffled, what caused it and made it stop, was it an outbreak of a disease causing hallucinations, was it fashionable, out of fear, why do we have reliable sources stating that thousands of these poor people danced in the streets, what does it all mean

i’m building an empire, songs to listen to as you conquer worlds


i. the wolf - phildel // ii. everybody wants to rule the world - lorde // iii. woman king (iron & wine cover) - onomono // iv. howl - florence + the machine // v. let the flames begin - paramore // vi. bulletproof - la roux // vii. centuries (fall out boy cover) - refraze (feat. rebecca need-menear) // viii. empire - alpines // viv. guillotine - yadi // x. glory and gore - lorde // xi. heads will roll (a-trak remix) - yeah yeah yeahs // xii. seven nation army - melanie martinez