Elizabethan Christmas Recipes

| December 21, 2010

Fancy adding some traditional Tudor and Elizabethan foods and drink to your own Christmas traditions? Here are some recipes to help you:- Collar of Brawn – This pork loin dish, also known as “To Sowse a Pigge”, dates back to Medieval times and was served on Twelfth Night. Goose in Sawse Madame – A traditional […]

Henri IV’s Head Found

| December 15, 2010

BBC News have today reported that scientists have identified an embalmed head in a private collection as being that of Henri IV of France, the Bourbon King who was assassinated by a Catholic fanatic in 1610. Henri IV, also known as Henri le Grand, Le Bon Roi Henri, the Green Gallant and Henry of Navarre, […]

Christmas in Elizabethan England

| December 14, 2010

Apologies for not writing much on here lately, I’ve been rather overwhelmed with Christmas orders ( a good thing!), Christmas preparations and life in general (like a roof falling in!). I know many of you are interested in how Christmas was celebrated in Tudor and Elizabethan times so you may find the following three articles […]

Mary, Queen of Scots – 8th December 1542

| December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mary Queen of Scots! Yes, on this day in history, 8th December 1542, Mary Stewart (Stuart) was born at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was the daughter of James V of Scotland and his second wife, Mary of Guise, and the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor (Henry VIII’s sister) and James […]

The Babington Plot – A Play

| December 7, 2010

On BBC iPlayer at the moment, you can listen to Michael Butt’s documentary style drama about the Babington Plot, the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. The play was aired on BBC Radio 4 and it really is wonderful as different characters give their take on events, including […]

Elizabeth I Portrait to Go On Display in London

| December 7, 2010

A 16th century portrait of Elizabeth I, painted by an unknown artist, is due to go on display at the Whitechapel Gallery in London next year. It is part of the Government Art Collection of over 13,500 works which are usually found hanging on the walls of government buildings, such as embassies. This Elizabeth portrait […]