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.
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Presenter: Sarah Morris
'Garden Sounds' by Keith Selmes from Freesound.org.
'Church Bells' by theblockofsound235 from Freesound.org.
Music by Jon Sayles
Produced by Cutting Crew Productions
Newsreader: Chris Rew and News Reporter: Sarah Morris