Historical Blog

Articles and posts on topics of historical interest –mainly created as a result of background research.

Are you worth your salt?

Why do we say this? Find out with this fascinating Guest Post from VEH Masters.

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Music at Henry VIII’s Court

Historical author Karen Heenan has written us a fascinating post on Tudor music...

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Why did men wear codpieces?

I am pleased to include this guest post by Vicki Masters, exploring the prominence of this piece of Tudor men's clothing.

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How Did The Tudors Stay Clean?

A fascinating guest post from Beth of Beth's Historical Blog busting some myths on bodily hygiene in the Tudor age.

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The Time-Traveller’s Dilemma

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to time-travel back to Tudor times, then try to explain 21st century technology to the Tudor people? How would you find the terms that are understandable to 16th century minds?

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Tudor Bathtime

What did baths and hygiene mean in Tudor times – at different levels of society?

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Clothing maketh man (& Woman)

We tend to focus so much of our historical spotlight on the Kings, Queens and nobles of the Tudor period – that we can perhaps be forgiven for thinking that Tudor costume was defined by the ladies and gentlemen who populated the Tudor Court.

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What is it about Tudor Royalty…?

When I look through the posts in the Tudor Facebook groups, as well as the novels covering the period, I am amazed how much of the content is about the royalty and the court. Just as today, the likelihood that we would have been titled nobles or even royals are extremely small, yet we are endlessly fascinated with the intrigue of the court and the behaviour of kings and queens.

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Bringing Elizabeth I to life

Imagine you’ve fallen back 450 years through time. You’re presented to the famous figure in the lavish gold gown and red wig. You bow low, then look up into those famous dark eyes. What would you see? An imperious, aloof, demanding woman? Or perhaps you would catch her in a softer mood; curious, intelligent and challenging? Either way, it would be fascinating to see if the real woman is ever revealed from behind the queenly mask.

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