If anyone ever tells you history is boring, introduce them to the Tudors!
MAY / JUNE 2016: BY CHARITY BISHOP History has no end of scandals and forbidden marriages. In a few cases, cross-cultural or status-challenging relationships changed entire nations. One such romance involved the War of the Roses. The Lancastrian King Henry VI was mad. The York King Edward unseated him. In an unstable new reign, Edward... Continue Reading →
NOV / DEC 2015: BY CHARITY BISHOP Upon the arrival of Katharine of Aragon to the great city of London, as she progressed through the streets at the side of a child Henry Tudor, she saw a number of pageants at each point blending the virtues of faith with chivalry and symbolism of the period.... Continue Reading →
NOV / DEC 2015: BY RACHEL SEXTON It is well known by now that the term "renaissance" translates to "rebirth" and it is fitting that the word is now used to refer to the period in Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries which saw a flourishing of ideas and culture. Though the concept... Continue Reading →
NOV / DEC 2015: BY CHARITY BISHOP How much of history can we trust? Asking that question leads to a disquieting silence, because if we begin to question established history, it unravels. The truth is, we can accept nothing and must question the motives and sources for everything that is established as fact. In doing... Continue Reading →
MAY / JUNE 2014: BY TRYNTSJE CUPERUS When I watched the miniseries The White Queen last year, Lady Margaret Beaufort appealed to me. She’s interesting—strong, intelligent, deeply devoted to her son and faith, but also unpitying and willing to go to great lengths to get what she wants. It made me curious to explore the... Continue Reading →