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The Tudors / Wolf Hall
« on: January 31, 2015, 02:07:57 PM »
The BBC is showing a 6 part serialisation of Hilary Mantel's book " Wolf Hall" at the moment. If anyone out there gets a chance to see this production they are in for such a treat. Mark Rylance is utterly mesmerising as Cromwell and Henry VIII is played by a brilliantly simmering Damian Lewis.
I cannot recommend this highly enough for any Tudor " nerds " out there.

Helen Rappaport's book is being turned into a two part documentary coming soon ( I guess in England, not really sure). I will post a link to the production company. I was alerted to this yeaterday because I read tributes to one of the cameramen who died in a cycling accident whilst out in Russia. I am sure somebody did say that there would be interior views of the Govenors House in Tobolsk and lots of footage of various interiors and exteriors. I will post a link and then post as I find more info about this.


I didn't know where to put this so started a new thread ( feel free to move it ).
The author's name rings a bell, did he post on this forum at some point?

This is to replace Rosieposie's previous topic which disappeared when my finger hit a wrong button...sorry.

Anyway Rosieposie asked wether anyone has seen this documentary ( it was screened in the UK much earlier in the year).
This thread is therefore open for us to discuss ANY relevent and hopefully interesting documentaries seen.

Last night there was an excellent docu. about Richard III's chapel at Towton, built to commemorate the fallen at Towton.
I have only just started to watch it ( then life got in the way of pleasure ! ) and when I have finished I will post a bit about it.
Thanks and I have apologised to Rosieposie by PM :-)

The Tudors / The White Queen
« on: June 17, 2013, 12:43:27 PM »
Hi, this 10 part serial started on the BBC yesterday after much hype. it follows the lives of Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville beginning with the marriage of Elizabeth to Edward IV. It is based on the historical romances written by Philippa Gregory ( The Cousins Wars I believe). It is ( imho ) a bit of historical fluff, a romp through the Wars of the Roses but I actually quite enjoyed it, although I am sure at some point in the future I will be wanting to throw my shoe at the telly :-). It is somewhat in the vein of The Tudors but possibly everso slightly more historically accurate. It is causing a bit of a rumpus on another forum so I thought I would post here about it.
So, did anybody else watch the first episode?? I know that it will be aired in the States ( with slightly longer and uncut sex scenes !! ). What did you think about it....

The Tudors / Richard III remains found & identified
« on: September 12, 2012, 06:39:58 AM »
This is so fascinating. If the skeleton is found to be that of Richard, I hope he gets a "proper" burial and tomb/monument, perhaps in York Minster.
Note that the skeleton has "significant spinal abnormalities" ie it shows signs of severe scoliosis which would have resulted in the right shoulder being higher than the left but did not have kyphosis ( a hunchback).

The Tudors / New televisual feast promised by the BBC
« on: February 29, 2012, 08:57:05 AM »
Hi All. Just read that the BBC are to dramatise Philippa Gregory's 'Wars of the Roses' novels. The series will be told from the point of view of the powerful women in her novels- Jacquetta and Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort. 
The series will be "one of the most ambitious projects ever attempted by the BBC".
Will make a change from all the Tudor flavoured stuff that has been on the T.V over the last few years and maybe this series will help raise awareness and interest in immediate, pre Tudor history.
 I will keep you all informed.
Cheers. Kim

The Tudors / Henry VIII fertility and health
« on: March 05, 2011, 02:17:25 AM »
Thought I would start a new topic rather than tuck this piece in somewhere else.
What are your thoughts on it?

The Tudors / New Showtime Series About the Tudors
« on: April 28, 2009, 02:06:23 AM »
I have locked the thread because it is 43 pages long, so please continue here folks.

Hey, all you UK peeps out there. Tuesday 3rd April at 8 pm there is a documentary on Channel5 ; "The Anastasia Mystery, The True Story"......did she die with her family...or did she escape with the Romanov Fortune. Sometimes Channel 5 do really good documentaries, sometimes they are infuriating. I'll let y'all know ;)

The Tudors / portrait identification
« on: March 05, 2007, 02:18:22 AM »
According to today's Daily Mail, this miniature has been positively identified by David Starkey and specialists
The jewel (brooch) has been identified as belonging to her and the spray of foliage at the back of the brooch is the Dudley badge.
Almost forgot to add....she is Lady Jane Grey.

The Tudors / Catherine Howard
« on: October 18, 2006, 07:48:26 AM »
Well the other Queens have their own thread so Cat. Howard ought to have one also.
She was supposedly petite, plump and accomplished in the Courtly graces. Her father was Lord Edmund Howard, her mother, Jocasta Culpepper and she was born possibly around 1520. At about age 12 she was sent to her Step-grandmother's household to finish her upbringing.
In 1539 she was appointed one of Anne of Cleves maidens. We all know what happened next.
So was she a silly little tart.? Do you think she slept with Thomas Culpepper to try and provide a son for Henry or just for the sexual frisson.

The Tudors / The children of HenryII and Eleanor of Aquitaine
« on: September 17, 2006, 08:33:01 AM »
One of the books I am reading at the moment is the bio of Eleanor by Alison Weir. I know she has her own thread but it has rekindled an interest in her offspring. For example, I never realised quite what a nasty piece of work Richard was :o
With 5 sons and 3 daughters between them, this could turn into an informative topic,hopefully.

The Stuarts of Scotland / Isabel Macduff, Countess of Buchan
« on: June 22, 2006, 08:18:43 AM »
I have been reading about this fascinating woman and wondered if anyone out there had any information to share about her. She was a great patriot and "crowned" Robert the Bruce at Scone. Captured by the English along with Robert's Queen (Elizabeth de Burgh),she was suspended in a cage from the battlements of Berwick Castle (or not, according to Wikipedia) for several years. What happened to her afterwards.? Anybody know? (come on Bell, you must have some info) ;)

The Tudors / The Secret Life of Elizabeth Ist.....Revealed
« on: June 15, 2006, 05:27:04 AM »
Was the title of the documentary on Channel 5 (UK) last night.
Historian, Paul Doherty, whilst researching the Calendar of State Papers,came across a collection known as The Englefield Letters.These have raised doubts in his mind regarding the purity of the Queen.
Sir Francis Englefield was a blind, exiled English Catholic, living in Spain and he was asked to interrogate a certain Arthur Dudley who had been captured in the Bay of Biscay. This Arthur Dudley was steadfast in his claim that he was none other than the illegitimate son of Elizabeth and Robert Dudley.
The "proof" (as Mr. Doherty claims);
1) In 1559, Elizabeth moved Robert into a bedchamber next to hers.
2) Kat Ashley is distraught at the rumours surrounding the couple.
3) In 1560, Cecil "forsees the ruin of the realm through Robert's relationship with the Queen" repeating the rumour that Dudley plans the murder of his wife, Amy Robsart.
Evidence of a pregnancy;
1) In 1561, the Queen withdraws from the public eye...she is swollen up with Dropsy (" she has begun to swell extraordinarily"- Spanish Ambassador)
2) The rumours of a sexual liason with Dudley persist.
3) Other court ladies managed to conceal their pregnancies.
At the end of 1561, a newborn baby boy was smuggled out of Hampton Court by Robert Southern- a relative of Kat Ashley. He raises the boy as his own with "great care and delicacy"
Elizabeth wrote her own prayers, usually "sonorous, bland and politician-like", according to Mr. Doherty.
But in 1562, she composes a different series of prayers, writing about herself and her sins. Allegedly confessing to a sexual sin?? and a great sacrifice in her life.
Arthur Dudley discovered his "true" lineage from his "father" Robert Southern- his deathbed confession revealing his illegitimacy and adoption and his "true" parentage.
In Salamanca- The National Archives of Spain are kept and Doherty found page after page regarding Arthur Dudley. Letters written by the English spy (code-name B.C.) corroborates the evidence, describes Arthur Dudley in synopsis and everything Englefield says. He states that Arthur does indeed resemble Robert Dudley and is 27 years old or there abouts, giving him a birth date of 1561.

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