- Opening of the new Mary Rose museum in Portsmouth: a pearl, pity about the limpets – with a short vid (5:21) of the building and interior.
- The White Queen, a ten part TV drama adapted from Philippa Gregory’s novels set during the Wars of the Roses will air in June in the UK (August in the USA). Here’s the trailer plus an interview with the lead screenwriter. And the costume designers have banished “men in tights”, opting instead for padded thighs. Wot?
- Replica of the crown of Henry VIII (with some anachronistic music) – short vid (7:05): 344 jewels and gems and pearls.
- 20 Words We Owe to William Shakespeare – manager!
- Sunstone found on Tudor shipwreck from 1592 (France Agence press): the comments get scientific.
- Auction of a belladonna bible laced with poison, from 1600 – (Shakespeare’s England).
- I haven’t seen any of these, but apparently … 7 movies that are cleverly disguised Shakespeare adaptations.
- Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About nothing, released June 2013. Director’s surname is true Brit humour.
- The BBC is adapting Phillipa Gregory’s The White Princess and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall for TV (article in The Guardian).
- And Gregory does a short promo vid for The White Princess. I think she’s on take … seventeen? You can see it in her eyes: “Get me out of here!” (Youtube 1:11).
- IMDB list of Tudor-era Period Dramas – mostly Tudor England, but it includes a few on the Borgias, Ivan the Terrible etc. Still, 70 movies/TV series is a lot.
- The White Map – “Tom Holland meets up with the Map Librarian of the British Library, Peter Barber, to look at a late sixteenth century map commissioned by Walter Raleigh and drawn by the artist and colonist John White. It shows Roanoke island and the proposed colony of Virginia. But what is interesting researchers today are two patches on this map which appear to show where the British settlers might build forts. They were never built.” Actually, it’s more interesting than that, with speculation about spy-master Francis Walsingham and invisible ink. (Short slot on the Making History show on BBC Radio 4 show plus the British Museum link.)
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.