At Solstice, something magical happens
At the Winter Solstice we reach the depth of that darkness with the longest night of the year. Darkness is at its peak. The Earth grows dark and cold as the Sun disappears, the days gradually get shorter.
But at Solstice, something magical happens. The Sun stands still as we await the return of the light.
This is indeed something to celebrate, and it has been acknowledged throughout history in the Northern Hemisphere in remarkably similar ways.
The Festival of Rebirth and The Return of the Sun
With the end of the longest night the dark is defeated with the Return of the Sun, the return of light, hope and promise. The Goddess gives birth to the Sun/Sun God. The Sun begins to wax and the days grow longer. All that is hidden will begin to emerge. …
Professor Suzannah Lipscomb exclaims, “What a fun and beautiful gift for Anne Boleyn fans! But what is unexpectedly joyful about it is how elegantly and intelligently the commentaries are written, how scholarly the research that underpins them, and what empathy and imagination they show. This can be given to any true history lover, knowing that their hands, hearts, and minds will be fully engaged.”
The incentive for writing the Queen Anne Boleyn Paper Doll Book was born from a deep desire to lend agency to a woman who lived nearly 500 years ago: Anne Boleyn. What the creator Rebecca Monet eventually discovered in research was both maddening and fascinating. In fact, when shelooked up the timeline of Anne Boleyn’s life, the primary source did not include the apparently little known of — yet highly formative — years Anne spent away from England on “the continent.” Yet, it was there — at both the “Low Countries” and in France — where Anne was “finished,” and eventually became not only the vibrant and intelligent young lady-in-waiting who entered Henry VIII’s court, but the woman who is still capable of captivating us today. I wanted to write and illustrate a book which — quite literally — gave a full picture of Anne. She was not the most beautiful woman at court, but her mind, spirit and elegance combined to form an impervious force — something entirely untouchable and enigmatic. …
The turbulent Tudor Age never fails to capture the imagination. But what was it truly like to be a woman during this era?
The Tudor period conjures up images of queens and noblewomen in elaborate court dress; of palace intrigue and dramatic politics. But if you were a woman, it was also a time when death during childbirth was rife; when marriage was usually a legal contract, not a matter for love, and the education you could hope to receive was minimal at best.
Yet the Tudor century was also dominated by powerful and dynamic women in a way that no era had been before. Historian Elizabeth Norton explores the life cycle of the Tudor woman, from childhood to old age, through the diverging examples of women such as Elizabeth Tudor, Henry VIII’s sister; Cecily Burbage, Elizabeth’s wet nurse; Mary Howard, widowed but influential at court; Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of a controversial queen; and Elizabeth Barton, a peasant girl who would be lauded as a prophetess. Their stories are interwoven with studies of topics ranging from Tudor toys to contraception to witchcraft, painting a portrait of the lives of queens and serving maids, nuns and harlots, widows and chaperones. Norton brings this vibrant period to colorful life in an evocative and insightful social history. …
Join in for a fun day of history, entertainment, and art to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!
It’s Lady Kathryn’s Virtual Renaissance Faire on Youtube — the event link below will take you to the channel playlist - where shewill be premiering videos throughout the day. When you subscribe to her channel you will receive notification when each video is launched. Special guests will showcase their artistic talents, lead us on tours through their historic homes, reveal lost palaces, and much more! This event is free to attend.
Losing a loved one is never easy and often leaves those bereaved with little more than memories, but Sir Elton John was able to not only brave the thunderstorms of grief attributed the tragic loss of his dear friend Princess Diana of Wales but bottle lightning. Before an audience of approximately 2.5 …
Massive success was seemingly conjured overnight when Fleetwood Mac glided to centerstage in the 1970s with hits like Landslide and Rhiannon but today’s moment in music history is devoted to an ascendancy rarely so effortless as the enchanting Stevie Nicks made it look. In one of the rock canon’s most impressively laborious climbs, the 1975 release of the band’s second eponymously-titled studio album not only harkens to its first to feature newcomers Lindsey Buckingham and Nicks but also to a full year’s climb before finally peaking at №1 on September 4th, 1976, earning the group its first of three chart-topping albums. The anniversary touches on a winning dynamic that has proven nothing short of spellbinding. More than a half-century since the initial formation of the iconic Fleetwood Mac, and a barrage of innumerable slings and arrows epically endured, we celebrate the time-honored prowess of truly profound artistry. …
The Elizabethan Series Book 1
Drake — Tudor Corsair
(The Elizabethan Series Book 1)
By Tony Riches
Devon sailor Francis Drake sets out on a journey of adventure.
Drake learns of routes used to transport Spanish silver and gold, and risks his life in an audacious plan to steal a fortune.
Queen Elizabeth is intrigued by Drake and secretly encourages his piracy. Her unlikely champion becomes a national hero, sailing around the world in the Golden Hind and attacking the Spanish fleet.
King Philip of Spain has enough of Drake’s plunder and orders an armada to threaten the future of England. …
A note about self publishing from Tudor author Dr. Wendy J. Dunn
My current Work-in-Progress, Falling Pomegranate Seeds: All Manner of Things, was originally set to be published this year. In light of the current global circumstance, however, I decided to delay its release.
I am delighted to announce that I have officially set a new publication date: January 15th 2021.
I cannot even begin to express how excited I am for this novel to enter the published world. …
There’s more to the gowns, crowns, uniforms, and regalia of British royalty than meets the eye.
There’s more to the gowns, crowns, uniforms, and regalia of British royalty than meets the eye. The history of the monarchy — and England — is told in part through their attire. Join Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd Stanger for a glimpse into the palace closet that reveals 500 years of royal fashion choices. In an entertaining evening, she decodes the messages and symbolism behind those choices, exploring how monarchs used their wardrobes to project power, influence, politics, and personality.
How did Henry VIII modify the styles of previous kings to communicate his own more active image? Why did Elizabeth I drape herself in pearls and include specific emblems on her outfits? And why did the Tudors wear so much red? Take a look at the way hairstyles defined the English Civil War and examine how Queen Victoria’s white wedding gown and black mourning dresses helped shape our sense of her reign. …
Letters sent to Anne Boleyn by Henry VIII
As I work on my upcoming fiction series which is a modern day retelling of the love story of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn, with a touch of magic, I want to get insight into Henry before he became the monster who executed his own great love. While researching, I’ve found numerous websites detailing ‘Henry’s First Letter’ yet they were all different missives. I’ve reached out for more clarification. As of this writing one Tudor expert has responded and says the order of the letters is debated. So, I’ll start with the first letter which I found in a book that is based on the letters as released in a volume which was published by Oxford in the 1700s. If anyone can offer insight as to the chronological release of these tomes, that would be greatly appreciated. …