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This week in Tudor News: April 6 Edition

The news cycle is fast, and it’s hard to keep up with our favorite interests and topics! That’s why once a week I make up this post with the top stories that have caught my attention.

The Queen’s Shoe and (Maybe) the King’s Hat
The Bristowe hat, said to have been owned by Henry VIII is one of the oldest collections of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection in Hampton Court Palace.

Forgotten Tudor royal children at Westminster Abbey
The royal children buried at the Westminster Abbey.

Adieu sweetheart! My little daughter late, thou shalt, sweet babe, such is thy destiny, thy mother never know; for here I lie… At Westminster, that costly work of yours, mine own dear lord, I shall never see.
– Thomas More wrote in his Elegy on Elizabeth of York, a poignant tribute to the baby Elizabeth

Nothing to sneeze at: A history of hankies
Queen Elizabeth the First used her handkerchiefs to communicate with courtiers.

Elizabeth I by Helen Castor review – a study in insecurity
Rages, flirtations, frustrations: this engaging study reveals the virgin queen as a complex, insecure figure


We look at the history of Pannington Hall in Ipswich
From Swein to Wolsey and Jimmy’s Farm. With the dissolution of the monasteries in 1528 it was seized by the crown (Henry VIII), who granted it to his cardinal, Wolsey, to provide income for his developing college in Ipswich. Today, Jimmy’s Farm is a major Suffolk tourist attraction.

17 of the most beautiful castles in Kent
Kent has a long list of famous and beautiful castles rich in history and architecture.