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William Cecil, Theobalds and Elizabeth I: Power and Prestige in Elizabethan England

William Cecil, Theobalds and Elizabeth I: Power and Prestige in Elizabethan England

March 21, 2020

In March’s episode of the Tudor Travel Show, we focus on William Cecil Lord, Burghley in this, the 500th anniversary of his birth year. To kick-off, Sarah chats with Emily Cole of Historic England about one of William Cecil’s most ostentatious architectural projects that set a trend for house building in Elizabethan England: Theobalds in Hertfordshire. There is also a blog: Theobalds: A Hollywood Starlet of the Elizabethan Age, written recently to accompany this interview. You can view it here.

 

Continuing our theme, I explore the life of William Cecil with Prof Sue Doran of the University of Oxford, an expert on Elizabeth and her circle. We tap into that expertise to explore the relationship between William Cecil and his royal mistress. There is a blog to accompany this podcast. Click here to read a transcript of the interview.

  

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns with all the latest March news from the sixteenth-century. On this occasion, our roving reporter comes live from outside the gates of Richmond Palace where the death of England’s longest-reigning monarch to date, Elizabeth I, has just been announced…

  

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

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Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Reporter: Sarah Morris

Bolton Castle: The Yorkshire Prison of a Scottish Queen

Bolton Castle: The Yorkshire Prison of a Scottish Queen

February 15, 2020

In February’s episode of the Tudor Travel Show, we travel first to the hauntingly austere Bolton Castle in North Yorkshire, one-time prison of Mary, Queen of Scots. Sarah tours the castle with our guide, Elizabeth Carter, and learns about the castle’s history and its association with Mary. There is also a blog about Bolton Castle and the Vengeful Prisoner of Wensleydale which you can access here.

 

Continuing our Mary, Queen of Scots theme, in the second half of the podcast, Sarah is in the studio and talking to Lawrence Hendra from the Philip Mould Gallery in London about a rare, contemporary painting of Mary, discovered by Lawrence just a few years ago. There is a blog to accompany this podcast. Click here to read a transcript of the interview.

  

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns with all the latest February news from the sixteenth-century. This time, we time slip back to 8 February as we hear from our roving reporter in the aftermath of Mary, Queen of Scots execution at Fotheringhay Castle.

 

Other links related to material in this podcast:

 

VIDEO: Bolton Castle and the Vengeful Prisoner of Wensleydale

VIDEO: The Amazing Story of the Anne of Cleves’ Heraldic Panels

VIDEO: Fotheringhay Castle

 

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Sound effects of 'Ravens' at Fotheringhay Castle by  Tomlija Attribution 3.0 Unported (CC BY 3.0)

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Kenninghall and Framlingham: The Howard Treasures of East Anglia

Kenninghall and Framlingham: The Howard Treasures of East Anglia

January 18, 2020

In this first episode of 2020, we are going Howard crazy here on The Tudor Travel Show!  Sarah is in discussion with Nikki Clarke, Senior Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern History at Chichester University about Kenninghall, in Norfolk, one of the principal country residences of the Dukes of Norfolk in the sixteenth-century. There is also a blog to accompany this part of the podcast, ‘Kenninghall: A Magnificent Tudor Time Capsule’, which can be read here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah travels south of Kenninghall to Framlingham in Suffolk, another Howard stronghold of the period. She goes in search of the incredibly fine sixteenth-century tombs of the 3rd Duke of Norfolk and other members of the Howard family. We learn about their history in the area and just who we think lies beneath the tombs from the local guide, Sandra Cartwright. The blog which accompanies this podcast can be read here. If you wish to buy a copy of my weekend guide to visiting some of the most interesting Tudor places in Suffolk, you can purchase a copy here

  

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns with all the latest January news from the sixteenth century. This time, we time slip back to January 29 as our intrepid roving news reporter relates the events surrounding the burial of Katherine of Aragon at Peterborough Cathedral.

  

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Reporter: Sarah Morris

Hever Castle: Festive Tudor Traditions and One Momentous Decision!

Hever Castle: Festive Tudor Traditions and One Momentous Decision!

December 14, 2019

In December’s festive episode, The Tudor Travel Show returns to Hever Castle in Kent, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn. Sarah talks once more with Owen Emmerson, House Manager at Hever, about Tudor Christmas traditions and how the Boleyns would have enjoyed Christmastime at home. We also hear about the very special Christmas of 1526, when Anne makes a momentous decision. If you wish to see a video version of this chat, you can do so via YouTube, here. There is also a blog to accompany this part of the podcast, where you can view pictures of some of the rooms and items under discussion. Click here to access it.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah catches up with Eleri Lynn, Curator of the Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection at Historic Royal Palaces. Enjoy the fascinating story of the discovery of the Bacton Altar Cloth and why it has been attributed as 'The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I'. Also, hear about the latest research revealing how a piece of Elizabeth's dress came to belong to a small parish church in Herefordshire.  

 

Here are the links to Amazon (US and UK0 for those wishing to buy a copy of Le Temps Viendra: a Novel fo Anne Boleyn, mentioned at the beginning of the episode:

 

LTV Volume I Paperback US 

LTV Volume I Kindle US

LTV Volume I Paperback UK

LTV Volume I Kindle UK

 

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns with all the latest December news from the sixteenth century. This time, we travel in time to a very stormy Kentish coastline to hear all about the arrival of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's intended bride-to-be.

  

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

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Waytes and Measures.

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Penshurst Place: The Gift of a Grateful King

Penshurst Place: The Gift of a Grateful King

November 16, 2019

In November’s episode, The Tudor Travel Show travels to Penshurst Place in Kent, the ancestral home of the Sidney family since the mid-sixteenth century. Sarah takes a stroll through the house and talks to visitor guide, Gaye Jee, about the house’s Tudor history. If you wish to see more of Penshurst Place, you can catch up with my story of Penshurst and the Boleyn family via YouTube, here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah welcomes back Florence Evans to the show. Florence is Director of the Weiss Gallery in London, which specialising in Tudor and seventeenth-century portraiture.  Florence talks to us about a sixteenth-century portrait of the boy-king, Edward VI, from the studio of court painter, William Scrots. There is a blog to accompany this part of the podcast, where you can view a picture of the painting in question. To read the blog, click here. 

 

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest November news from the sixteenth century. This time we hear news of the dramatic arrest of Queen Catherine Howard, following accusations of infidelity. 

  

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This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Reporter: Kathryn Rew

In Search of the Legendary Wolfhall

In Search of the Legendary Wolfhall

October 19, 2019

In October’s episode, The Tudor Travel Show travels first to Great Bedwyn Church, in Wiltshire, to meet with Graham Bathe, an expert on Wolfhall and the Seymours. We learn about some recent research on Sir John Seymour (father of Jane Seymour), which sheds interesting new light on the relationship between Sir John and his daughter. We then move to nearby Wolfhall to catch up on the latest finds from the second year of the archaeological dig to uncover the original Tudor manor house, the ancestral home of the Seymours.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is in discussion with Charlotte Bolland, senior curator for sixteenth-century collections at the National Portrait Gallery. Charlotte describes the story of the acquisition and restoration of a fascinating portrait of Jane Seymour, recently purchased by the gallery. This unfinished picture has a riveting tale to tell. If you wish to read a transcript of this podcast, which includes many pictures of the rooms, features and artefacts discussed in the show, you can access it here. 

 

Finally, The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest October news from the sixteenth-century. This time we travel to London, in October 1537, when the capital has erupted into joyous celebration following the birth of a new Tudor prince.

 

As mentioned during the show, if you wish to sign up for Sarah and Natalie’s 1535 Virtual Progress, you can do so by following this link. It is a four-day online event which is entirely FREE to join. PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT IS NOW FINISHED

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Reporter: Kathryn Rew

Hever Castle: In Search of the Boleyn Family Home

Hever Castle: In Search of the Boleyn Family Home

September 21, 2019

In September's episode, The Tudor Travel Show travels to Hever Castle, in Kent. Sarah goes on a tour of the house with House Manager, Owen Emmerson, recreating the Tudor castle as it would have been in the sixteenth century when it was home to Anne Boleyn. If you wish to read a transcript of this podcast, which includes many pictures of the rooms, features and artefacts discussed in the show, you can access it here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah travels to Bradgate Park in Leicestershire, once the childhood home of Lady Jane Grey. She is in discussion with Richard Thomas, Professor of Archaeology and co-director of the Bradgate Park Field School, about the 5-year project to learn more about the site. Tune in to hear about how the current ruins at Bradgate hide the real truth about the original Tudor manor house.

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest September news from the sixteenth century. This time we travel to Sudeley Castle, in 1548, to hear an eyewitness account of the tragic demise of Katherine Parr following the birth of her first child.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

 

Music by Jon Sayles

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and Lady Trywhitt: Sarah Morris

 

Kenilworth: Recreating the Finest Elizabethan Garden in the World

Kenilworth: Recreating the Finest Elizabethan Garden in the World

August 17, 2019

In August's episode, The Tudor Travel Show revisits Kenilworth Castle, in Warwickshire, where we hear about the story of the ambitious project to recreate Elizabeth I' privy garden, a project which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Matt Bulford, of English Heritage, takes us on a tour of the garden and tells just how the garden was just so accurately recreated. If you wish to read an earlier blog I wrote about Kenilworth Castle, back in March 2018, you can do so here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is once again in discussion with Professor Susan Doran, from the University of Oxford, about a pair of portraits which historians believe were commissioned by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in anticipation of the historic visit of Elizabeth I in 1575. But why exactly were the portraits commissioned and why is it probable that Elizabeth never saw them? (Note: The blog article accompanying this conversation, including images, can be found here). 

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest August news from the 16th century. This time we travel to Greenwich Palace, in 1533, to witness the celebrations taking place in the Queen's Great Chamber as Anne Boleyn prepares to withdraw from the court in anticipation of the birth of her child.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travelers questions about visiting Tudor locations, or planning your Tudor-themed vacation, or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Credits:

Presenter: Sarah Morris

'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

Music by Jon Sayles

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Produced by Cutting Crew Productions

Newsreader: Chris Rew and News Reporter: Kathryn Rew

St John’s Priory, Clerkenwell: Power, Influence and Prestige in Tudor London

St John’s Priory, Clerkenwell: Power, Influence and Prestige in Tudor London

July 25, 2019

In this extra podcast for July, Sarah visits what remains of the old Priory of St John in Clerkenwell, London. Once a place of enormous power and prestige, with close links to the Crown, today its treasures are preserved in the Museum of the Order of St John. With museum director, Tom Foakes, as our guide, we explore the history of the Order of St John, the story of the priory, and reimagine just what this magnificent building looked like in its hey-day, prior to its dissolution by King Henry VIII in 1540.

You will also hear about how you can enjoy the delights of this, one of London's hidden Tudor treasures, including (for summer 2019) a special guided tour by Henry VIII himself. 

 

If you wish to read the blog which accompanies this podcast, click here.

If you wish to find out more about the museum or any of the events mentioned in this podcast, click here.

 

Kenilworth: The Castle that was Built on a Love Story

Kenilworth: The Castle that was Built on a Love Story

July 12, 2019

In this month's episode, The Tudor Travel Show explores the castle that was built on a love story: Kenilworth, in Warwickshire. In part one, we tour the castle with Volunteer Co-ordinator, Gus Nasser, reimagining the castle at the height of its glory during Elizabeth I's three-week visit in 1575. Part two follows next month. If you wish to read an earlier blog I wrote about Kenilworth Castle, back in March 2018, you can do so here.

 

In the second half of the podcast, Sarah is in discussion with Professor Susan Doran, from the University of Oxford, about an artefact which has long been the cause of much speculation: the Chequers' Ring, a very personal item of jewellery once belonging to  Queen Elizabeth I. Just what is its story, and who is the mystery woman whose miniature is shown alongside Elizabeth's in the locket? Professor Doran is an expert in all things Elizabeth and her court, and back in the early 2000s co-curated an exhibition in which the ring made a rare public appearance. We hear just what she has to say about this enigmatic object. (Note: The blog article accompanying this conversation, including images, can be found here). 

 

Finally,  The Tudor Travel Guide news desk returns, with all the latest July news from the 16th century. This time we report on the dramatic events surrounding the succession crisis of July 1553, and how Princess Mary, claimant to the throne, evaded capture by the narrowest of margins.

  

If you want to keep up to date with all the Tudor Travel Guide's adventures, as well as top tips for planning your own Tudor road trip, don't forget to subscribe to the blog via www.thetudortravelguide.com.

 

This podcast now has an accompanying closed Facebook group, dedicated to discussing the places and artefacts discussed in each episode. it is also a place to ask your fellow Tudor time travellers questions about visiting Tudor locations or planning your Tudor-themed vacation or sharing your top tips to help others get the most out of their Tudor adventures on the road. Go to The Tudor Travel Show: Hitting the Road to join the community.

 

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Presenter: Sarah Morris

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Music by Jon Sayles'Trusted News': Royalty free music from https://www.fesliyanstudios.com

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