I LOVE thecambridgefamily’s reblogging post for royal blogs. I want to do something similar but instead for historical royal blogs.
SO, if you are a historical royalty blog (or historical royal-like figures i.e. Caesar and Pompey) reblog! I’d love to how many more beautiful royal history blogs are out there besides the 185 super AMAZING people I follow <3
Henry VIII and His wives and contemporaries. I also blog about life in Tudor England.
Why do you think Katherine Howard never had any kids?, she was young enough. Do you think it was maybe something medical?
Katherine did, on one occasion, believe she was pregnant. The “I’ve missed my bleeding” scene in the Tudors is accurate (to some extent - she probably didn’t run through the galleries and burst into a council meeting.) However, the following month, her hopes were dashed. Whether or not it was a miscarriage or just a missed period (for some medical reason we cannot diagnose) is unknown. However, we do know that rumours of a pregnancy and of her fertility followed Katherine’s entire time as queen - it even followed her to the scaffold: the possibility of her mothering an illegitimate child whilst queen was a fundamental reason for her execution.
If there was a medical reason for her failure to get pregnant, then it would most likely be on the part of Henry, rather than her. He was 49, and terribly overweight, with countless other health-related problems, including his mental health: it’s easy to imagine that he had problems in the bed chamber. He was definitely sexually active with Katherine, yet was unable to impregnate her, and it’s generally believed that he was impotent.
Of course, there may well have been a chance that Katherine herself was unable to bear children. We cannot be sure, because she also knew how to avoid pregnancy, and because she was also only fully sexually active with two men (for certain.) With Manox, they only got so far as heavy petting, and with Culpeper, both denied doing anything even remotely sexual. Dereham’s relationship with her didn’t last too long, and she would most certainly have been employing her knowledge of Tudor era contraception in that time, whilst, as mentioned above, Henry was probably unable to “perform” in bed. If Katherine was infertile, then we will never know with any degree of certainty, though it is a possibility. As you said, she was definitely young enough to be capable of birthing children, yet she failed to.*
There is a theory that Katherine’s relationship with Culpeper was out of a desire to get pregnant when she could not do so with Henry: this theory, of course, supports the notion that Henry was impotent, but, regardless, Katherine still did not manage to get pregnant, which might suggest her own infertility - but probably not, since getting pregnant is difficult even in the modern day. Personally, I do not agree with this theory at all.
In my view, Katherine’s lack of pregnancy was probably due to Henry’s age and health problems, rather than her being infertile. It is a shame that she never had any issue, for it might have prevented the Lascelles siblings from speaking out against her if she had a child to strengthen her position - but this is all just speculation. Indeed, if she did have a child and her past/relationship with Culpeper was discovered, then there is a possibility that she would have been carted off to the block very quickly for possibly bringing a bastard into the succession, and her child could have suffered a rather nasty fate with her (and, probably Dereham/Culpeper).
It’s an interesting topic to consider though, especially when it is remembered that Katherine Howard was very much a symbol of fertility for Henry, and for the court. Her youth, as you mentioned, and her beauty and vivaciousness made her represent Henry’s own virility. Katherine’s life, and death, therefore, became a rather poetic butchering of all of Henry’s idealism, but that is an essay for another time.
*EDIT: Another point to mention is that Katherine’s mother, Jocasta, had 11 children between her two marriages.
I’m actually Baffled whenever she mention that Henry the Eighth had BLUE eyes. I mean what official portraits has she been looking at because Henry most definately had dark brown almost black eyes in every portrait made of him.
(I am also reading because i need another reason for puking and moodswings other than pregnancy. Also It’s got a mini Taco. Expect to Meet Esperanza Corrine Molina in Early April!!!!!!
Undeniably, Katherine Howard was guilty of treason. There are few crimes that were not considered treasonous when committed by a Queen. From a 16th century perspective, her infidelity was indisputable – from a 21st century perspective, her infidelity is…
Breaking from Tudor History for a Moment for a Mini Rant.
Everywhere on youtube and even here on tumblr I keep seeing the song “Come Little Children” being credited to Edgar Allen Poe. As an Employee @ the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA, I can tell you that this is FALSE!
It was written by Brock Walsh (music By James Horner) for the film Hocus Pocus. I get this question a lot (at work not on here) and would like to clear up the confusion.
Oh God, I hated Anonymous. I have to watch it muted because it’s so fucking pretty but it’s also fucking awful. HOW DID ALL THOSE WONDERFUL ACTORS IN THOSE WONDERFUL CLOTHES MAKE SUCH A BAD MOVIE? ROLAND EMMERICH, I WANT ANSWERS!
Just gonna leave this here because wow yeah this is exactly how I feel about it
Do you think that Henry VIII had mommy (and I guess daddy, haha) issues, since he was so distraught when Elizabeth of York died and THAT'S why he kept getting married? That he was trying to have a relationship like his parents had?
//Henry VIII very likely was searching for the unattainable woman. A woman that competed and resembled his mother in personality and affection. However, no woman could compete with his perceptions, which was why they all failed in some aspects. His ego could not find perfection in them
OMG Tudorpunk! “Edward de Vere’s velveted hand slid down, reflexively, to the pommel of his Pappenheimer as the ruffians slid out of the darkened alleyway. The smell of empty chamberpots and roasted fish-heads wafted off them. Southwark men, by the look of them. He slid on his mirrored pince-nez and regarded his assailants with a cold stare. ‘Hey-nonny-nonny…motherfuckers.”
hey, so I'm going to have to ask you to unfollow/stop reblogging things from fyeahreign. I get that it isn't historically accurate, and I totally understand why that makes you angry, but I'm just trying to enjoy the show and you reblogging every post telling me how wrong it is is really getting super annoying. thanks!
I already have. But, and I don’t care if you unfollow me, but my blog’s purpose is to point out the FACTS about everyone in the tudor Dynasty. The Problem with reign is that it gets EVERYTHING even and especially clothing wrong. Even Phillippa Gregory and Michael Hirst got basic things correct. I can stomach PG’s book, The Other Queen (also on Mary, Queen of Scots), more than Reign, Because even She can write better than everyone involved with REIGN.
TL;DR even PG>Reign. Also I have 0 Fucks to give on how I am annoying you with TRUE facts.
When Mary fled to England in 1568, Elizabeth refused to help her against the Scottish Lords using the murder of Darnley as an excuse. There was to be a trial which revolved around the casket letters. These letters, written by Mary to Bothwell, allegedly proved their involvement in the murder of Darnley. However, the original letters went missing mysteriously and the copies were evidently tampered with by the Earl of Morton who had much to gain from Mary never returning to Scotland.
Mary Stuart was very fond of white and insisted on wearing that colour for her first wedding to Francis II even though white was regarded as the colour of mourning in 16th century France.
After the death of Francis II, Mary customarily wore black to symbolise the loss of her husband and the loss of her French crown.
Although Mary landed at Leith (Scotland) in the middle of August, she was greeted with very dense haar (sea mist). John Knox did not fail to point out that this was a bad omen. Others believe that there may have been an eclipse of the sun on that day.
Mary was very tall (almost 6ft) and beautiful, unlike the contemporary portraits depict her. While captive in Lochleven, two attempts were made to rescue her but only the second succeeded. The first attempt, during which Mary disguised herself as the washer woman who came to the island to deliver the laundry, failed because the boatman taking her back to the other shore recognised her hands which were renowned for their elegance and whiteness.
While at Lochleven Mary fell very ill and had a miscarriage. She lost twins who were subsequently hastily buried on the island. It is unclear when exactly she fell pregnant but the father is undoubtedly the Earl of Bothwell.
Mary led a very active life and loved horse riding and dancing. She would dress up as a stable boy and escape at night into the streets of Edinburgh incognito.
Mary, characterised by her Sagittarian nature, had a fiery personality. She was generous, forgiving and a sociable being. She loved the open air and animals. However, she was also criticised for acting on impulse and being tactless. She was prone to bouts of illness, thought to be ulcers and to violent fits of depression.
Mary’s last words before the axe fell over her head were: “Into thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit”.
The four Maries, Mary’s ladies-in-waiting were Mary Fleming, considered chief among them by reason of her mother’s royal blood, Lady Fleming; Mary Seton daughter of a French woman, Marie Pieris, who herself had been maid-of-honour to Marie of Guise, and of George, 6th Lord of Seton; Mary Beaton, daughter of Robert Beaton of Creich and grand-daughter of Sir John Beaton, the hereditary keeper of Falkland Palace, and finally Mary Livingston, daughter of Mary Stuart’s guardian, Lord Livingston. It was Mary Seton who never married and remained faithful to her Queen almost until the very end when Mary sent her away to retire. The name Mary derives from the Icelandic word “maer” meaning virgin or maid.
Mary’s last night was spent drafting an elaborate will in which all her servants were remembered. On the day of her execution, she appeared in her customary black cloak and with a white veil over her head. She then dropped the cloak to reveal a crimson red dress.
All through her life, Mary sought to meet face to face with her cousin Elizabeth I. They never met. Elizabeth attended her son James’s christening by sending a representative with a baptismal font. She promised on numerous occasions to visit her while she was in prison in England but never did. She even attended her funeral by sending the Countess of Bedford as proxy. And ironically, Mary’s and Elizabeth’s tombs are today side by side in Westminster Abbey…separated by the nave of the chapel, held apart by the walls and carved stalls, out of each other’s sight.
It took three strokes of the axe to sever Mary’s head from her body. To the horror of all those present, her body then started to move. It was revealed that her little terrier, Geddon, who was Mary’s companion during her last years in prison, had hidden under her voluminous gown all through the execution.
The crucifix, writing book, bloodstained clothes which Mary had taken with her to her execution and even the block on which she lay her head were burned in Fotheringhay Castle’s courtyard. There were to be no relics.
When the executioner held up Mary’s severed head wrapped in a kerchief, the head that rolled away from his hand was almost bald. Mary’s years in prison had seriously damaged her health and beauty. A lock of her hair can still be seen at Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. The hair, probably discoloured by the passing of years, is now strawberry blonde although she had red hair during her lifetime.
Mary was the first woman to practice golf in Scotland. She even caused a scandal when she was seen playing the game at St Andrews within days of her husband Darnley’s murder.
As Mary was waiting for her ship to depart for Scotland in 1561, a fishing boat sank before her eyes with all its crew. She exclaimed: “What a sad augury for a journey!”. As the ship sailed away she kept her eyes on the French coast until it was totally out of sight repeating over and over: “Adieu France, adieu donc ma chère France…je pense ne vous revoir jamais plus” (Farewell dear France, I believe never to see you again). Mary’s sorrow was justified; she never did return to France, neither alive nor dead.
The Earl of Bothwell, Mary’s third husband, was tragically imprisoned in the Danish fortress of Dragsholm . Chained to a pillar half his height so that he could not stand upright, he remained there crouching in the dark and filth for ten years until he died insane and his body overgrown with hair. His mummified body was put on display in the crypt of Faarevejle church, near Dragsholm.
The skull of Darnley (Mary’s second husband) is now in the Royal College of Surgeons in London and bears the telltale pitted marks of Syphilis. Darnley’s notorious promiscuity would have finally had the better of him had he not in fact died a little earlier during the Kirk o’ Field incident.
On the night of 29 January 1587, Mary’s room in Fotheringhay Castle was illuminated by a great big flame three times. Mary who still had not been informed of what was to become of her, took this as an omen of her imminent death. There exists a theory that this was in fact a comet, which were in those days associated with the deaths of famous people.
The path which led down to Fotheringhay was named Perryho Lane and Mary who had not been told where she was being moved to is reported to have exclaimed: “Perio, I perish!”.
Purple thistles still grow on the site of Mary’s execution and are nicknamed Queen Mary’s tears.
While in Chastworth, Mary was allowed a few supervised rides in the countryside, and she was fascinated by the local caves. One group of stalactites is called Queen Mary’s Pillar allegedly so named by Mary Seton.
Mary was a real linguist. Apart from her native Old Scot which she learned from childhood and French in which she was educated, she also understood Latin and Greek, Spanish and Italian. Later on in life she learned English which was a different language in those days.
Adultery first became a capital offence in the reign of Mary Queen of Scots although its introduction was more to do with her High Kirk Minister, John Knox than herself. For this was the time of the Protestant Reformation. The laws against adulterers were extended by her son James VI.
Mary’s son James VI was born with the lucky caul (a piece of amniotic sac) which, according to the superstition, guaranteed him of not meeting his death by drowning.
Do you think Mary's friends are going to turn their backs on her?
I definitely don’t think they will in a big way, but maybe in small ways like we kind of saw with Lola getting angry at Mary in the pilot. I think they’ll probably fight quite a bit, but they seem like good friends to me :)