Early Modern Period

(1485-1750)

An Elizabethan Beauty Guide

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In an age of contouring, baking, brows and plumped lips, it is difficult to imagine that societies throughout history have been as beauty obsessed as we are today. Certainly, what constituted ‘beauty’ has been redefined…

Culloden: Crusher of Dreams

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As I walked the Battlefield of Culloden in July 1997, passing through the stones that marked the positions of King George’s army and Bonnie Prince Charlie’s Highland Clans, the day was warm and sunny with…

Gone with the Tudor Wind

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1939 has long been considered a mirabilis annus (miraculous year) in Hollywood history. There has never been a year like it for memorable films. In 1939, Judy Garland took us over the rainbow in The…

The Other Anne Boleyn

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Two Anne’s. One fighting for her Queen-ship, the other head of Princess Mary’s household. They may have shared the same name, but it seems very unlikely they would have shared a friendship.  During the early…

Africans in Tudor England

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Few historians have the courage to challenge entrenched views, or historical misconceptions. Onyeka is one of those historians, who in Blackamoores: Africans in Tudor England, Their Presence, Status and Origins invites us to relook at…

Will Shakespeare As A Teenager

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In his new Elizabethan thriller, The Queen’s Man, Rory Clements sends his hero John Shakespeare home to Stratford-upon-Avon. The year is 1582 – a momentous year for the Shakespeare family. When William Shakespeare was eighteen…

Charlie’s Merry Mistresses

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To be honest, back in the day you weren’t really a King without a lovely piece on the side. And if there is one King who took full advantage of this it was King Charles…