James I & VI

by Heather R. Darsie The 19th of June 2020 marks the 454th birthday of James I and VI of England and Scotland. Unification between the two countries, though at times strained, was brought by James’ ascending the throne of England in 1603. The unification was the result of one hundred years of Tudor politics. James I & VI, 1595; via Wikimedia Commons Back in 1503, … Continue reading James I & VI

Love Letters Fourteen and Fifteen from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

by Heather R. Darsie Letter Fourteen speaks for itself: it seems that someone leaked information about Henry’s desire to meet with Anne Boleyn. Letter Fourteen is one of the shortest, if not indeed the shortest, of Henry VIII’s letters to Anne. It says: “Darling, I heartily recommend me to you, ascertaining you that I am not a little perplexed with such things as your brother … Continue reading Love Letters Fourteen and Fifteen from Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn

The Scots Queen Surrenders: An Overview of the Battle of Carberry Hill

by Heather R. Darsie By 15 June 1567, twenty-four-year-old Mary Stuart had been Queen of Scotland for almost her entire life; never knew her father, James V, because he died when she was six days old; was Queen Consort, then Queen, of France for less than seventeen months; had lost her mother in July 1560; was about to celebrate her son and heir’s first birthday … Continue reading The Scots Queen Surrenders: An Overview of the Battle of Carberry Hill

“La Reine Blanche,” A Review of Sarah Bryson’s New Book

by Heather R. Darsie Recently I had the pleasure of reading Ms. Bryson’s biography about Henry VIII of England’s younger sister Mary Tudor, Queen of France. It is an understatement to say I learned a lot. The wait for “La Reine Blanche” was worth it! Mary Tudor’s life was often overshadowed by that of her brother Henry, despite the value Mary brought to the family. … Continue reading “La Reine Blanche,” A Review of Sarah Bryson’s New Book