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Episode 256 - Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII's Queens with Dr Charlotte Bolland
2d ago
Episode 256 - Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII's Queens with Dr Charlotte Bolland
Welcome to another riveting episode of Talking Tudors with your host, Natalie Grueninger. This week, we dive into the "Six Lives" exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with special guest, Dr. Charlotte Bolland, Senior Curator of Research and 16th Century Collections. Dr Bolland takes us on a journey through this groundbreaking exhibition, offering insights into the intricate and diverse media used to portray the lives of the six Tudor queens. From portraits and miniatures to medals, photographs, and even novelty Christmas decorations, the exhibition spans 500 years of history and delves into the court culture of the 16th century. Discover the fascinating artefacts on display, including Katherine of Aragon's letter after the Battle of Flodden and Anne Boleyn's book of hours. Dr Bolland also sheds light on the personal and emotional connections these objects provide, giving us a glimpse into the lives of these remarkable women. In addition to exploring the historical significance, the episode delves into the role of women from antiquity in shaping the queens' images and how contemporary media continues to reinterpret their stories. From Shakespeare to modern musicals like Six, the influence of these queens endures. Join us for an enlightening conversation that uncovers the layers of storytelling and historical imagination that have surrounded the Tudor queens for centuries. Don't miss this chance to step through the veil of time and immerse yourself in the dazzling world of the Tudor court. Find out more about your host at https://www.nataliegrueninger.com Buy Talking Tudors merchandise at https://talkingtudors.threadless.com/ Support Talking Tudors on Patreon
Episode 255 - The King's Mother: Unveiling the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses with Annie Garthwaite
Jul 8 2024
Episode 255 - The King's Mother: Unveiling the Women Behind the Wars of the Roses with Annie Garthwaite
Welcome to this riveting episode of Talking Tudors, where host Natalie Grueninger is joined by author Annie Garthwaite to delve into her novel, 'The King's Mother'. Annie, who grew up in the northeast of England and has had a successful international business career, shares the fascinating journey of her writing, which includes her debut novel 'Cecily' and the upcoming release of 'The King's Mother'. In this episode, Annie discusses the inspiration behind her novels, focusing on the powerful women of the Wars of the Roses. She highlights the often-overlooked roles of Cecily Neville, Margaret of Anjou, Elizabeth Woodville, and Margaret Beaufort. Through engaging storytelling and a captivating reading from her book, Annie reveals the complex lives, struggles, and ambitions of these remarkable women. Join us as we explore the historical context, the personal challenges, and the fierce maternal instincts that drove these women to shape the course of English history. Whether you're a history enthusiast or new to the period, this episode promises a deep and enriching look at the untold stories of the women behind the throne. Don't miss out on Annie's insightful reflections and her passion for bringing these historical figures to life. Tune in for an episode that bridges the past and the present, offering a fresh perspective on the dynamic and influential women of the 15th century. Visit Annie Garthwaite's website https://www.anniegarthwaite.com/ Find out more about your host at https://www.nataliegrueninger.com Buy Talking Tudors merchandise at https://talkingtudors.threadless.com/ Support Talking Tudors on Patreon
Episode 254 - Hosting Henry VIII at West Horsley Place with Ilona Harris & Professor James Clark
Jul 5 2024
Episode 254 - Hosting Henry VIII at West Horsley Place with Ilona Harris & Professor James Clark
Join Natalie Grueninger on this episode of Talking Tudors as she delves into the fascinating world of Henry VIII. This week, Natalie welcomes Professor James Clark from the University of Exeter and Ilona Harris, Director of West Horsley Place, to discuss the historic visit of Henry VIII to West Horsley Place in July 1533. Discover the significance of this royal visit that took place during a critical moment in Henry VIII's reign, shortly after his marriage to Anne Boleyn and her subsequent coronation. Learn about the history of the manor house, the lavish banquet that greeted the king, and the hunting expedition that took place. Explore the political and social implications of Henry's visit, and how it served as a strategic move to secure his new era. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the extensive research conducted by historians and the immersive events planned at West Horsley Place to celebrate and mark the king's visit. From jousting and falconry displays to interactive family activities and intimate talks, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss this captivating journey back to the Tudor court. For more information and to book tickets for the upcoming events, visit the West Horsley Place website. https://www.westhorsleyplace.org/ As always, Natalie encourages listeners to share their thoughts and join the Talking Tudors community on social media.  Find out more about your host at https://www.nataliegrueninger.com Buy Talking Tudors merchandise at https://talkingtudors.threadless.com/ Support Talking Tudors on Patreon Learn more about Professor Clark here: https://arch-history.exeter.ac.uk/history/profile/index.php?web_id=clark Check out his latest book! https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300269956/the-dissolution-of-the-monasteries/ Follow West Horsley Place on X https://x.com/WHorsleyPlace