Posted in Nursery rhyme meanings

Mary, Mary, quite contrary…



The Mary in the nursery rhyme is often associated with Mary the daughter of Henry VIII who reigned as Mary I of England from 1553 to 1558. She was the only surviving child of the king’s first marriage to the Spanish Princess Catherine of Aragon.

‘How does your garden grow?’ according to Roberts (2004), could refer to Queen Mary’s lack of heirs or to her marriage to the Spanish King. After her marriage to Phillip II of Spain, England was seen by many as a ‘branch’ of the Holy Roman Empire.

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Posted in Biographies

The astronomer with the silver nose: Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe was a Danish nobleman and the most skilful astronomer of the sixteenth century. He was paid by King Frederick II of Denmark to observe the heavens from his underground observatory with the naked eye. It would be thirty years until the telescope would be invented.

Tacho before and after his life changing injuries

Tycho watched the movements of the planets more precisely than anyone in Europe had done before him. His discoveries were astonishing and dangerous  because in the sixteenth century it was commonly believed that the universe had not changed since the beginning of time. To believe otherwise could lead to charges of heresy for which the punishment was often death.

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‟Loving of my Husband“: Jane and Guildford Dudley — All Things Robert Dudley

She detested Guilford – he was indeed a spoilt, conceited and disagreeable young man – and she told her father that she would not marry him. Her obedience was forced by a beating, and … Guilford made no secret of his dislike for his bride.1 Although expressing a widely held view, this description of the […]

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Posted in Christmas

Christmas gifts and decorations for Tudor lovers…

Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. All profits from retail sales enable them to continue to conserve these magnificent palaces for future generations.

I am not affiliated with HRP and I do not recieve comission for sales. I just love the palaces and the shop.

The most magnificent of all the Tudors – King Henry VIII was king of England from 1509 to 1547. Henry VIII is one of England’s most famous kings, mainly due to his six wives and his cruel behavior towards them. This Henry VIII glass tree decoration has been blown by mouth from glass and is beautifully hand decorated with a thin layer of silver plate added to the inside. This traditional process has been unchanged for more than 100 years and the handcrafted nature of this Christmas ornament makes each decoration truly unique. Presented in a box, the Henry VIII tree decoration would make a lovely and unique gift for lovers of the Tudor period. £22.99



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Posted in Crime and Punishment

The persecution of witches: The King who believed in werewolves and influenced Shakespeare…

In 1597 a Royal pamphlet was published about werewolves, the classification of demons, witches and black magic. It explained and endorsed the reasons for persecuting witches in a Christian society under the rule of  law. It included methods of discovering witches and told the ‘misinformed populace’ of the practices, the implications and dangers of sorcery.

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The world’s first secret Service and it’s Master…

William Cecil was the mastermind behind the world’s first secret service. His spy network included code-breakers, Priest hunters and Catholic double agents. These were utilised to protect the Queen, country and England’s protestant faith from Catholics and other ‘terrorists’.

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Posted in Tudor Paintings

Symbolism in Tudor portraits

In the Tudor era, it was well known that a dog represented faithfulness and that the Tudors were represented by a greyhound. This hidden meaning would be as familiar to a Tudor as a car logo or a symbol for a top brand of shampoo is to us today.

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