Posted By Claire on December 20, 2013
On this day in 1541, A “very sickly” Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the fall of her granddaughter, Queen Catherine Howard, begged Henry VIII for forgiveness. She also confessed to having another £800 hidden at Norfolk House.
The poor woman must have been terrified, as she surely must have heard that Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper had been executed.
You can read all about the Howard family’s horrible Christmas in Marilyn Roberts’ article “Terror for the Howards at Christmas”.
Posted By Claire on December 19, 2013
Here is a rundown of last night’s episode of Tudor Monastery Farm based on my scribbled notes…
It is September at the farm, the beginning of autumn and shorter days, The team are preparing for the end of the farming year. They need to make provisions for the winter. They’ve harvested and stored the pea crop and now it’s time to bring the animals down to the farm from their summer grazing and to harvest the barley. A bad harvest could mean malnutrition and even famine.
The monasteries owned vast amounts of agricultural land and most land was open (this was before land was enclosed) so tenant farmers were given strips of land. Ruth comments that school summer holidays are where they are because of the farming calendar, because students were needed for harvesting. Harvesting was back-breaking work and Tom comments that he is having to sharpen his tools frequently. Once it’s cut, the barley is bound into sheaves. The men did the reaping and the women did the binding. Every last grain of barley is precious and Ruth explains the practice of “gleaning”, collecting every last little bit of the crop. If it rained then the crop could be ruined. The barley sheaves are “stooked”, i.e. set upright in the fields to dry and this meant that if it did rain before it was collected then the rain would run off it.
As you know, I was ill in bed for a few days last week and it got me thinking about disease in Tudor times. I’m not going to go into detail on Tudor medicine, the four humours etc., I just want to touch on diseases that were common in that era. Today, many of these […]
During the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Catherine of Aragon was born at the recently reformed fortified palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Pregnancy had not stopped Catherine’s mother, Isabella I of Castile, from waging war on the Moors, and she had spent the summer of 1485 moving around Andalucia, […]
Here is my rundown of episode 5 of Tudor Monastery Farm based on my frantic scribblings, apologies if I missed anything… In the early 1500s the state did not provide any help for the poor, they had to rely on the hospitality of others and hospitality was seen as a measure on which good Christians […]
Apologies for my absence on the site and on Facebook but I’ve been ill in bed with a virus for the past couple of days. I’m back now though! My son pointed out that today is Friday 13th, the day when some superstitious people won’t leave the house, fly, or do anything that could risk […]
On 12th December 1546, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his son, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were arrested and taken from Lord Chancellor Wriothesley’s house in Ely Place, Holborn, where they had been interrogated, to the Tower of London. Norfolk was taken to the Tower by barge but his son suffered the humiliation […]
Today marks the anniversary of the executions of Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII. If you watched “The Tudors” series, you may be forgiven for believing that these men got their come-uppances, after all, Thomas Culpeper was a rapist and […]