Philip II of Spain, King of Ireland

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on http://queenanneboleyn.com/2017/06/07/philip-ii-spain-king-ireland-heather-r-darsie/ On 7 June 1555, the new Pope Paul IV, who was elected 23 May 1555, issued a papal bull conferring the title of “King of Ireland” on Philip II of Spain.  Philip was twenty-seven years old in July 1554 when he married Mary I of England at Winchester Cathedral. Because of that marriage, Philip was … Continue reading Philip II of Spain, King of Ireland

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Desiderius Erasmus, an Exceptional Mind

by Heather R. Darsie Erasmus: his name is synonymous with humanism, education, and intelligence. Across Northern Europe several Erasmus programs exist at universities, so students may pursue their studies at multiple universities and in multiple languages. During his lifetime, Erasmus corresponded with such notable people as Sir Thomas Moore and John Colet. Erasmus assisted Hans Holbein in his quest to move to England and influenced … Continue reading Desiderius Erasmus, an Exceptional Mind

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

A Simplification of English Heraldry and Comment on the Arms of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on http://queenanneboleyn.com/2018/05/27/simplification-english-heraldry-comment-arms-duke-duchess-sussex-heather-r-darsie/ On Saturday, 19 May 2018, Prince Harry was declared Duke of Sussex in the early morning before his wedding. Through her marriage to the Duke of Sussex, Rachel Meghan Markle became HRH Princess Henry, the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Barton, and Baroness Kilkeel. On 25 May 2018, the marital arms of the Duke and … Continue reading A Simplification of English Heraldry and Comment on the Arms of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

Who were the Huguenots? A Brief History Concerning the 1500’s

by Heather R. Darsie The Huguenots were French Protestants, formed as a part of the general Reformation that started in Germany because of Martin Luther and swept through the Continent. It hit France around 1517, where the movement quickly grew in popularity. The movement was particularly popular in French areas where the population was unhappy with the government or areas that were experiencing economic hardship.    … Continue reading Who were the Huguenots? A Brief History Concerning the 1500’s

About Lady Day

by Heather R. Darsie In case you missed it on Tudors Dynasty at  http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/about-lady-day-and-other-major-days-guest-post/ The Christian Feast of the Annunciation takes place on 25 March of every year. It celebrates the day when the Virgin Mary learned that she had immaculately conceived Jesus. Beginning in 1155, 25 March was celebrated as the start of the new year in England. To the Tudors, the holiday was … Continue reading About Lady Day

Away in April

Hello, Dear Reader! I will be away from at least 18 April through 30 April. In the meantime, I would encourage you to visit TudorsDynasty.com or QueenAnneBoleyn.com.  I look forward to bringing you more interesting topics upon my return! In the meantime, here are some favorite pieces from the archives: The Tomb of Mary, Queen of Scots An Italian Tudor at the Doge’s Court Viewing … Continue reading Away in April

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

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