by Stephen Glanville.

The history of Britain and Ireland in the Tudor period. I call it The Great Tale because it has a clear beginning, middle, and end: the royal house rose and fell between the periods of peace at the end of the War of the Roses (1485-ish) and the Anglo-Spanish War (1604-ish); the middle bit was played out by remarkable characters through violent dilemmas.

I post a few times every week month year (cough!), picking out peculiar details that suggest something greater. The blog keeps track of my research, so the posts tend to link primary sources – not always easy, and when I find the source I cite at length. And I edit. And edit. Which means most of the energy is unseen at the surface, like an iceberg.

There is no mighty theme – it’s just stuff I find in formal histories and popular romances. It goes from Europe to Africa, America, and Asia, covering everyday life, from music to public executions to mathematics to erotica. But the source is the thing.

Every post is boxed and tagged, so please explore with the Category Menu (upper left).

One unexpected effect comes from the cropped pictures at the top of Tudorblog: the Chateau wordpress theme switches the image with every click, so I’ve noodled around for variety. I’m fascinated by the people staring back through that narrow window. (Note: about 1/2 of the images are by Holbein – quality tells + pixels.)

I practise law – published – and have a qualification in history from Trinity College in Dublin.

Finally, I recommend Chris Dillow’s brief piece, In Praise of Brevity.

Cheers, and thanks for your attention.

My Political Compass (March 2014) … on reflection I scratched this: the categories are daft, pointless, irritating. My typing speed is about 50 wpm (a few mistakes), and I like fried squid.


6 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello! My eldest son also read history at TCD. I am just about to publish (29 Aug UK and 8 Oct US) a new book on the dynasty (Tudor: The Family Story 1437-1603). There are a couple of published articles out now that I have written and you might enjoy. One, in this weeks Spectator is about why Anne Boleyn had her head cut offhttp://www.spectator.co.uk/features/8993261/anne-boleyns-last-secret/ The other, about Henry VIII’s niece Margaret Douglas, is in History Today http://www.historytoday.com/leanda-de-lisle/king-henrys-niece Both are free, thankfully. Love the blog

  2. People sometimes assume my name has been made up, but it is my actual married name! My maiden name was Dormer which might have been easier as a writer on reflection . people struggle to pronounce de Liske

  3. Stephen Glanville:
    A friend recommended your page about Paleography for an article we’re writing about the possibility that Wm. Cecil Lord Burghley and his son-in-law the 17th Earl of Oxford each used unrecognized Secretary hands, beyond their well-known Italic hands (for publication in either “Brief Chronicles” or “The Oxfordian”). I found your name with a bit of difficulty,(you concealed it rather well) but have little else besides your URL address (https://tudorblog.com/) to list as a citation in the article. What do you suggest?
    W. Ron Hess
    (author of “The Dark Side Of Shakespeare” trilogy)

  4. Hello Stephen!
    I am currently working with the Bodleian Libraries on a project which I think may be of interest to you and your readers.
    We are hosting a Wikipedia editathon focusing on the Rediscovering Rycote online resource (http://rycote.bodleian.ox.ac.uk).

    I was wondering if you could share the event page on your blog? The address is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_University_of_Oxford/RediscoveringRycote

    Many thanks,

  5. What an absolutely fantastic blog. Can’t believe I’ve never seen it or found it before, but utterly delighted to have done so now.
    I was especially pleased to see you’ve covered the great explosion in Dublin in 1597, an event that i always think deserves more attention. Apart from the devastation of Tudor period river buildings and the appalling loss of life, it also led the way as you know for Ormonde’s redevelopment of the quays, without which modern Dublin might have looked very different indeed.
    I also very much liked the way you’ve used the YouTube explosion clip to try and convey some of the force and power of it (the 1597 explosion). Quite visceral and very effective.
    Wondering if i could I ask you a question, and a favour? First of all, I found you site through a picture search, and the picture of the (old Anglo-Norman period) quays is what drew me in. I lead history walks and talks and tours, and I’m doing one very soon, a Medieval Walls of Dublin walk, on Sunday 17th May.
    I was wondering if, first of all, would you mind terribly if i used this image, and then so secondly who please should I credit?
    To be quite honest, it linked from an image search (on Google) to your piece on the 1597 explosion. But then, once I was on that page, I couldn’t see the image there on your post. .
    (So i don’t know what he source is or who to credit)
    Actually now i look again, is it a still frame capture from the Silver City produced DVD for the Dublin City Council ? I have it here myself. Very clever use, much like your video.
    Anyway, super work overall. Really delighted to have found your blog. very impressed indeed, and even a little jealous, if i am honest!
    Looking forward to many visits again in future.

    very best regards, and respects, . Arran (Henderson) of Dublin Decoded tours.

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