Early Modern Period

(1485-1750)

Exclusive! Shakespeare & The Dragonfly

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It’s not every day that an undiscovered portrait of William Shakespeare is brought to your attention.  But having spent many an hour scrutinising images of Shakespeare for my book, Who Killed William Shakespeare? (The History Press, 2013)…

The Medicine Thieves

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The European conquests of the Americas brought war, pestilence and death to the communities that populated the continent. Infecting of the Amerindian people with disease cultures to which their bodies where not accustomed caused wide…

A Journey Through Time – A 17th Century Gap Year

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Nine  hours  travelling,  squalid  sleeping  arrangements,  too  much  to  drink  and  money  lost  during  late  night  card  games. Not  a  scene  from  a  20th Century  teenage  gap  year,  but  a  young  person’s  17th Century  Grand  Tour,  in …

The Tantalizing Anne Boleyn

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How Did She Keep Henry Enraptured for Six Long Years Before Marriage? Like so many of you, I have a long-standing love affair with the mysterious, the beautiful, the oh-so-intriguing…Anne Boleyn. Why? Pondering that question,…

Why I Am Loving Anne of Cleves

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OK, so she may not be the most popular, nor glamorous of Henry’s wives, and after Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, most people’s interests tend to wax and wane a little. However, I am starting…

8 Sex Tips From The 17th Century

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Translate the lingo and the following would not be out of place in one of those ‘speciality’ stores you find in modern day Soho. Behind closed doors it turns out folk in the Restoration era…

QUIZ: Which Tudor Wife Are You?

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For the next ten minutes, imagine you are a Queen of the Tudor Court, married to the tempestuous tyrant King Henry VIII. You are on a whirlwind journey that will no doubt change history. Would…