Bits & Pieces I’ve picked up lately:
- Review of new biography of Henry VII – Winter King: The Dawn of Tudor England.
- IMDB on the film Anonymous, “a political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare’s plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her”.
- Audio interview with Alison Weir on her biog of Mary Boleyn, “the great and infamous whore” – the author makes it clear that the description is “sexed up” and that her subject has been romanticised and traduced.
- … and some tough criticism of Weir’s biog of Mary Boleyn at the Anne Boleyn files – sources sources sources.
- The opera Anna Bolena at the New York Met. The composer Donizzeti also wrote operas in the early 19th century on the Earl of Essex and the Queen of Scots.