Love Letter the Tenth from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/the-love-letters-from-henry-viii-to-anne-boleyn/: Henry VIII wrote this letter in June 1528 to his beloved Anne Boleyn during an outbreak of the sweating sickness, showing his characteristic nervousness about Anne. It is unknown whether this letter truly does follow the previous, although it seems that this letter came before the one the author understands to be the ninth letter. … Continue reading Love Letter the Tenth from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

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Sorrow in the City: Reactions to the End of an Age

by Heather R. Darsie “It is not my desire to live or to reign longer than my life and my reign shall be for your good,” said Elizabeth to her parliament in 1601. Upon one of the many times parliament questioned Elizabeth about her plan of succession, she stated, “I know I am but mortal and so therewhilst prepare myself for death, whensoever it shall … Continue reading Sorrow in the City: Reactions to the End of an Age

An Italian Tudor at the Doge’s Court

by Heather R. Darsie In an unassuming hallway leading visitors to the Doge’s Palace in Venice, Italy from the Staircase of Giants and out through the Porta della Carta, there is an extraordinary feature adorning the ceiling not once, but twice: a Tudor rose. Or so it appears. Via Wikimedia Commons. Daniele Barbaro was a Venetian Cardinal, who was born in 1514 and passed away … Continue reading An Italian Tudor at the Doge’s Court

Exclusive Interview with Sarah Bryson, Author of, “La Reine Blanche”

with Heather R. Darsie and Sarah Bryson Everyone, I am absolutely thrilled to host Sarah Bryson today on her virtual book tour! Ms. Bryson has been kind enough to grant me an interview. Her book is available for pre-order in the United States: http://amzn.to/2pqTgi2 And Sarah’s website: https://sarah-bryson.com/ Mary Tudor, Queen of France. Attributed to Jan van Mabuse (Jan Gossaert) Here’s our interview: Why, “La Reine … Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Sarah Bryson, Author of, “La Reine Blanche”

The Iberian House of Trastamara

by Heather R. Darsie When thinking about the important players of the Renaissance, particularly during the reign of Henry VIII of England, one recalls the powerful families of the English Tudors, French Valois, and Burgundian Habsburgs. The family that is even more influential, even if quietly, is the overlooked Trastámaras of Spain. This family married into the Tudor, Valois, and Habsburg families, among others, and … Continue reading The Iberian House of Trastamara

Author Sarah Bryson is Visiting!

Sarah Bryson, author of the recently released biography about Mary Tudor, Queen of France, will be stopping by on 21 March 2018. Please do come by to learn more about Ms. Bryson and her book! You can get her book on Amazon here: La Reine Blanche And in the mean time, have a look at her website: https://sarah-bryson.com Or you can follow Sarah Bryson on FaceBook: … Continue reading Author Sarah Bryson is Visiting!

Coronation of Mary of Guise

by Heather R. Darsie Mary of Guise was born 22 November 1515 to Claude of Lorraine, the Duke of Guise, and Antoinette of Bourbon. She was the eldest of twelve children. Mary was first made a wife in 1534 at the age of eighteen when she married the Duke of Longueville. She had two sons with her first husband, the second of whom died young. … Continue reading Coronation of Mary of Guise