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A Week in Royal History: Tudor Tales and Virtual Reality

Royal stories are never far from the headlines and if the modern monarchies can’t provide a tale then those who trod palace corridors before them are always on hand to give us a regal fix. This week, historic homes used by some of the most famous royals of them all have got everyone talking. Here’s a look at the royal history stories from the past seven days. Elizabeth I A castle…
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A monument that mentions a royal kiss

The sixteenth century late-GothicSint-Andrieskerk on the Augustijnenstraat in Antwerp preserves a monument with a quite extraordinary royal connection, for which reason many English visitors in particular, seek it out.In 1513,Augustine friars established a…
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Document reveals Mary, Queen of Scots protected surgeons from going to battle

Interest in Mary, Queen of Scots has been piqued worldwide after the release of the BAFTA-nominated film bearing her name, and now a historic exemption shows a different side of the often misunderstood queen. A letter released by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh (RCSEd) reveals that Mary, Queen of Scots protected surgeons from going to war. This letter of exemption shows the Scottish queen…
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A Royal Murder: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley

Around 2:00 am on the 10th February 1567 the area around Kirk O’ Field in Scotland was rocked by two large explosions. Following them, two people were found dead in a nearby orchard. One was Lord Darnley, and the other his valet. His wife Mary, Queen of Scots, was not present in the house at the time. But what had led to this tragic murder, which marked the downward spiral of Mary, Queen of…
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A Staircase with a Royal History?

One hotel in Northamptonshire preserves a possibly extraordinaryfeature within its walls. The Talbot Hotel in Oundle is located some thirteen miles outside Peterborough and is aten-minutedrive from Fotheringhay. It preserves the staircase which is traditionally believed to be the one down which Mary Queen of Scots walked to her execution in 1587. The scene was painted as it…
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