Herzlichen Willkommen!

von Heather R. Darsie Herzlichen Willkommen auf meiner Website! Ich gerne über Geschichte des 16. Jahrhunderts lernen und schreiben. Ich bin Amerikanerin und studierte Deutsch seit ich 15 Jahre alt war. Ich habe eine Biografie über das Leben der Anna von Kleve (1515 – 1557) aus der deutschen Perspektive geschrieben. Es ist meine Hoffnung, dass mein Buch, Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s ‚Beloved Sister‘ … Continue reading Herzlichen Willkommen!

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Anna of Cleves and the March 2019 Tudor Summit!

by Heather R. Darsie A portion of this was originally posted on QueenAnneBoleyn.com I am honored to announce that I am a guest on Sunday, 3 March 2019 at the semi-annual Tudor Summit. If you would like to learn more about me and my look into Anna’s life, please stop by the Tudor Summit, March 2019. Interviews are taking place all weekend, so do check out … Continue reading Anna of Cleves and the March 2019 Tudor Summit!

Dashing through the Snow: Dangers of Alcohol Consumption in Reformation-Era Augsburg

by Heather R. Darsie The Imperial City of Augsburg is known for the important German Reformation document of the Augsburg Confession. The wealthy banking family, the Fuggers, are from Augsburg and some of their buildings still stand. This includes the Fuggerei, named for the Fuggers, which is one of the oldest social housing buildings in the world. In the early 16th century, during Anna of … Continue reading Dashing through the Snow: Dangers of Alcohol Consumption in Reformation-Era Augsburg

A History of Beer Brewing in Germany and the Low Countries

by Heather R. Darsie Happy New Year, everyone! My very best wishes to you for a prosperous 2019!  Pieter Bruegel the Elder, “The Wedding Dance,” c. 1566, via Wikimedia Commons. When asked about trades which had a large impact upon economic development and government interests during the Renaissance, twenty-first century observers might instinctively point to the wool trade between England and the Low Countries, the … Continue reading A History of Beer Brewing in Germany and the Low Countries

ANNOUNCEMENT Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister

from Heather R. Darsie I am pleased to inform you that after almost four years of research and writing, my new biography entitled, Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister will be released by Amberley Books of the UK in Spring 2019, with release in the US a few months later. Anna remains an intriguing woman and important part of Anglo-Continental politics in the 16th century. I … Continue reading ANNOUNCEMENT Anna, Duchess of Cleves: The King’s Beloved Sister

Pope Paul III

by Heather R. Darsie Alessandro Farnese was born on 29 February 1468 at Canino, Latium, which was in the Papal States. Educated at the University of Pisa and Lorenzo de Medici’s court, he was prepared to take on the career of apostolic notary. Changing course, Alessandro joined the Roma Curia in 1491 at the age of approximately 23 and was quickly promoted by the new … Continue reading Pope Paul III

Phoenix Birth: Jane Seymour and the Importance of Death and Birth in Tudor England

by Heather R. Darsie Jane Seymour, third wife of Henry VIII and mother of Edward VI, died days after giving birth. An inscription above her grave read: “Here lieth a Phoenix, by whose death Another Phoenix life gave breath: It is to be lamented much The world at once ne’er knew two such.” As queen, Jane’s motto was, “Bound to Obey and Serve.” Her personal … Continue reading Phoenix Birth: Jane Seymour and the Importance of Death and Birth in Tudor England

A Brief Look at Jousting Armor

by Heather R. Darsie Jousting, much like Rugby or American Football, was a full-contact, dangerous sport. Severe injuries and even death were quite common. Henry II of France died in 1559 when a lance’s splinter breached Henry’s helmet and entered his brain by way of the eye.  More like American Football and less like Rugby, individuals participating in the joust wore protection. Turnierbuch Ritterspiele Most … Continue reading A Brief Look at Jousting Armor

The Revenge of Margaret Pole

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on QueenAnneBoleyn.com On 28 July 1540, a great, accomplished man of Tudor Times was beheaded on Tower Hill. That man was Thomas Cromwell, briefly the 1st Earl of Essex, and Henry VIII’s Chief Minister. Cromwell sought to reform and consolidate the legal system the secular legal system and move away from canon law. Cromwell succeeded in establishing … Continue reading The Revenge of Margaret Pole

The End of Kett’s Rebellion

by Heather R. Darsie July, 1549. The almost twelve-years-old Edward VI had been King of England for two-and-a-half years. Landlords had begun enclosing the common lands, which prevented peasants from being able to have a place for their animals to graze. Several landlords had taken to raising sheep, as the English wool trade was growing quite prosperous. This, in concert with a host of other … Continue reading The End of Kett’s Rebellion