GLIMPSES OF THE PAST

April 20, 2019

As a couple, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip move gracefully through events like a royal Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire, expertly turning and smiling and making it look so absolutely effortless. He is the strawberry in her champagne and she is Britain's brightest jew...

May 24, 2018

No one ever imagined that one day Victoria would be the queen. Her father, after all, was not the first son of a king. He was the fourth. This honour was thrust upon her by a succession of unfortunate coincidences including the deaths of family members, two obese uncle...

February 13, 2018

Henry had only just rid himself of his fourth wife, Anne of Cleaves. Anne's marriage to Henry only lasted nine months to prove she wasn't pregnant with Henry's child, an impossibility because Henry stated he could not bare to even look at her. But he'd promised the Ger...

February 6, 2018

When it comes to tragic lives, Queen Anne undoubtedly wins the competition hands down, mainly due to her horrific gynaecological record. In sixteen years, she had seventeen pregnancies: twelve were either miscarried or stillborn, having died weeks before in her womb. O...

November 9, 2017

Recently, an article appeared on the web where an art expert removed the yellowing varnish from a 399-year-old painting that had been in a private collection in England. The remarkable picture, named The Lady in Red, was of of an unknown 36-year-old woman painted in 16...

November 3, 2017

It turned out, Elizabeth was wise not to trust Mary. As you would expect, Scottish supporters schemed and plotted against Elizabeth at every turn during the early months of Mary’s imprisonment and in 1569, the threats became a reality.

In Elizabethan England, there was...

October 30, 2017

Even before Henry VIII’s sister Margaret had her sixth birthday, their father, Henry VII, had thought that a marriage between his eldest daughter and James IV of Scotland was a way to end Scottish uprisings. James V of Scotland had been their only surviving legitimate...

October 24, 2017

No one said Henry was the sensitive kind. Most of us would even go so far as to say he wasn't even close. But if he loved his third wife, Jane Seymour, as much as we are led to believe, why wasn't he close by when Jane died? Especially after delivering an apparently he...

October 10, 2017

Where did the Tudor red hair come from?

December 30, 2016

In art galleries, we are shown pictures of the Elizabethan countryside and what we see are ruggedly beautiful landscapes of sweeping meadows full of flowers and banks of lush green trees on hillsides. In the countryside, dotted around you would see cottages but in real...

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