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My ranking of Henry VIII’s six wives

Ever since I was a child, I’ve done a LOT of reading about the six women unlucky enough to marry Henry VIII, the most famous monarch in English history.  I thought it would be fun to rank them in order of my interest in them. 6. Jane Seymour The queen who bore Henry his beloved […]

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Lucy Worsley’s YA historical novels

Lucy Worsley is an historian who I greatly admire, for her BBC documentaries and her work as Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces.  She has recently released two novels for young readers, and although they may be marketed as Young Adult I found them to be light, engrossing reads for adults.  The first novel is […]

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Which of Henry VIII’s wives am I?

It’s a question that a Tudor history geek like me needs an answer for… which of Henry VIII’s six wives am I most like? I took this test to find out. Before the test, I did think about what the result might be.  It seemed likely that the test would say that I was most […]

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King Henry VII at his birthplace, Pembroke Castle

Following the success of my recent post about Anne Boleyn, today I’m turning the focus onto her father-in-law, King Henry VII. I’ve previously written about how my interest in Tudor history began by growing up close to Henry VII’s grandfather’s home on Anglesey.  Today we are celebrating the unveiling of a statue of Henry VII at […]

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Why Anne Boleyn fascinates me

  Today is the anniversary of Anne Boleyn’s execution.  She was put to death at 8.00am at the Tower of London on 19th May 1536 due to charges of adultery and incest. Just in case you aren’t aware of her, one of the most famous women in history…. Anne was Henry VIII’s second wife, the […]

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A visit to St Fagan’s National History Museum

All the way back in November I took a trip to St Fagan’s with my mum and Oliver and I’m only now bringing you the photos… Anyhow, I hope you agree that it’s been worth the wait. St Fagan’s is a museum that everyone in South Wales visited as a child on a school trip. […]

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Raglan Castle

Raglan Castle in Monmouthshire may be a ruin today, but it has a rich history from the time when it was a luxurious power symbol, the largest ever castle built by a Welshman. William Herbert, its owner, was the guardian of a young Henry Tudor who went on to become Henry VII.  The young Henry […]

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London holiday 2016: Kensington Palace

Today I am going to share with you my second day on my recent trip to stay in London with my mum.  You can catch up on day one here. The plan was to visit Kensington Palace and I was beyond excited to visit this beautiful royal residence.  While the palace has a wonderful history, it is […]

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London holiday 2016: Covent Garden to Trafalgar Square

Last month I took a trip to London with my mum, as is our annual tradition.  We arrived into Paddington Station one Tuesday, took our luggage to our hotel, and then headed to Covent Garden. Neither of us had ever had a proper look around Covent Garden before, which is quite shocking!  So we were […]

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The greatest love story of the 20th century?

W.E. is a film directed by Madonna, which was a box office flop and which was panned by critics.  Despite this, I knew I had to watch it at somepoint.  Now I have, I am so very glad I did. I am by no means a fan of Madonna, but I know that I (and […]