Looking for a Queen of England in Peterborough

Looking for the grave of Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon in Peterborough, is an experience both moving and affecting and remains a special reason why many choose to visit the Cathedral today. Peterborough Cathedral hosts an annual festival devoted to Catherine’s memory, usually held at the end January, to commemorate the fact that Catherine of Aragon was buried at the Cathedral on…
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One of Henry VIII's lost treasures goes on show in London

It’s a striking example of royal PR at its most dramatic and most powerful, and it’s about to go on public display in England for the first time. The artwork, a tapestry showing St Paul ordering the burning of heretical books, was commissioned by King Henry VIII in the 1530s at the time of his most famous and controversial religious reforms. Feared lost for decades, it has now resurfaced and…
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'Forgotten' Tudor royal children at Westminster Abbey

In addition to the six Tudor royal burials at Westminster Abbey, there are several more whose location is either unknown or well-hidden to the immediate eye. These royal children, whilst (almost) invisible in terms of a lack of memorial or a monument that is at best, unseen, we tend quite naturally to only look for those tombs which we know can be found. All of the (legitimate) children of Henry…
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Royal Childbirth and the Tudors

The experience of royal childbirth in the Tudor period was perilous at best, the attitude towards it both anxious and obsessive, most especially because the weight of its outcome would concern the matter of the succession. This is a crucial case in point that royal sex was…
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Britain's Top Palaces Part 2

Read part 1 of Britain’s Top Palaces here. Let’s continue! Buckingham Palace, Westminster Buckingham Palace may have a bit of a shorter history than other palaces but it doesn’t make it any less impressive. It began life in 1703 as Buckingham House, built for the Duke of Buckingham and was purchased as a royal residence by George III for his ever-expanding family in 1761. Queen…
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