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.