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Music, culture, the arts, maritime exploration - Renaissance England was an exciting place to be. So much happening! Breaks with Rome. Wars with France. And Scotland. And Spain! Twice a month, we'll look at some aspect of Renaissance England that will give you a deeper understanding into life in the 16th century. Go to http://www.englandcast.com for more info.
 
Husband and wife watch The Tudors. He knows nothing about the 16th century. She has been podcasting about Renaissance England since 2009. In this episode by episode guide he'll ask her questions, and they'll discuss the stories behind the drama, looking at what really happened at the Tudor court. We think it's a fun way to make the 16th century more accessible, and any excuse to see more of Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a good thing. (She wrote that part). Learn more about us at http://www.watchin ...
 
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I recently came across a new book called the Secret Diaries of Juan Luis Vives by an author I'd never heard of before - Tim Darcy Ellis. I read the book and LOVED it. And so, I had to interview him. The book is awesome, and so is Tim. This is a conversation we had over Zoom in the Tudor Learning Circle (TudorLearningCircle.com to find out more info…
 
Himalaya Learning has commissioned me to do a course on ten kickass Tudor women, and this is episode 1. You can get the entire course - as well as over 100 other courses by people like Malcolm Gladwell and Seth Godin with a FREE two week trial at www.himalaya.com/kickass. I hope you enjoy the course - it was so much fun to do! See acast.com/privacy…
 
In episode 152 of the Renaissance English History Podcast we continue our tour of the Tudor home with the Bedroom. We talk about the sleeping habits of the Tudors, beds as furniture, rituals that happened in the bedroom, and even courtship. Remember you can grab Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/Tudorcon2020. Show notes and transcript are at engl…
 
Back in March I did a series of episodes when the lockdowns were first beginning. Michael Radi stopped by to talk about his musical, The King's Legacy, and share some music. Join my free group at TudorLearningCircle.com to be updated when live chats are scheduled! Thanks to Michael and all the amazing artists. Here are the proper musical credits: "…
 
In this episode we do another Year in the Life - this time looking at the year 1580. Earthquakes! The Marriage Game! And Greensleeves. It was a Big Year. Show notes will be going up at englandcast.com/1580. Remember to grab your Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/tudorcon2020 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Back in March when lockdowns were first starting, I brought some of my favorite Tudor authors on to do Zoom chats with my online community (TudorLearningCircle.com) - Nathen stopped by to do a talk on the Beauforts. The sound isn't great - it's a zoom call, so it's not ideal - but the content is great! Buy his book House of Beaufort here: https://a…
 
In this episode we continue the tour of the Tudor home, talking about the history of the Living Room, and how chimneys made living rooms possible! Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/livingroom. Join the Tudor Learning Circle at TudorLearningCircle.com! If you like this show, the best way you can support it is by leaving a review or rating in …
 
Who was Kit Marlowe? Spy? Genius? Scholar? All of the above? Let's dive deep into Marlowe's life. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/asap. 👉Remember, if you like this show, the best way you can support it is by leaving a rating on whatever program you're using to listen to this now. And thank you! 🙏 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-o…
 
A year in the life of Elizabethan England - this time we look at 1601. The year of Hamlet. The East India Company's first voyage. Secret correspondence with Scotland. So much good stuff happened this year. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/1601. Remember if you like this show, I'd be eternally grateful (and you'd earn good indie-podcaster ka…
 
Looking through the rooms of the home from the 16th century - this episode looks at the history of how the kitchen changed during the 16th century. From chimneys to ovens, new technology offered new ways of cooking and preparing food, and changed the way people interacted with the kitchen. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/kitchen. Also, I'm…
 
In this episode I look at how the Tudors saw their own island's history. Bear with me through the admin - it's been a while since I did a big housekeeping. Then we look at how Brutus of Troy, monastic libraries, and 5th century travel guides to Scandinavia are all related. Show notes up at Englandcast.com/history. Other links of interest: The 2021 …
 
In this episode, I play some favorite Elizabethan Madrigals for May. I didn't want to violate any copyright laws here, so I only play 30 second snippets - for the full playlist go to englandcast.com/madrigals. I hope this can be your soundtrack for spring! Remember, if you like this show, please leave a rating or review at whatever service you use …
 
If you're experiencing summer weather like I am, thinking about the cold winter seems a world away. But this week we're going to head back to January (you know, a simpler time before pandemics and social distancing) and talk about the times when the Thames would freeze, and life would move to the frozen open space. Show notes will be up at englandc…
 
In the 1540's Henry VIII began what economists have called the greatest monetary treason ever committed against citizens. What was this con job? The Great Debasement, when coins went from containing about 92% silver to less than 30%. More money to make war on France! And Ireland! Only not. It backfired. Royally and majestically. Get show notes at e…
 
About ten years ago I read One Summer by Bill Bryson, which chronicled the summer of 1927 in America. I absolutely adore Bill Bryson anyway, and this book didn't disappoint. I wanted to do something similar on this show, showcasing one year in Tudor England. Just a spotlight on one eventful year. I chose 1527 because it was 400 years before Bill Br…
 
In 1531 at the height of Henry VIII's Great Matter, Thomas Elyot, who was a humanist and scholar wrote a small political science book disguised as a treatise on education, extolling the virtues of wise counsellors who would speak truth to power. In this episode we look at Elyot, and The Governor, and talk political science. Get show notes at englan…
 
It's a day to celebrate love, and romance, and all that mushy stuff. And the 16th century has its share of great love stories (fun fact: the wedding vows that we use today - to have and to hold, in sickness and in health, etc - are from Cranmer's Book of Common Prayer, and were inspired by his own secret marriage). But what about the romances that …
 
In 1524 Europe was convinced the world was ending. A prophesy foretold of a giant flood. 20,000 people fled London for higher ground. We discuss. Remember to get your Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/Tudorcon2020 And you can still get one of the Tudor Planners at TudorPlanner.com And if you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes or wher…
 
In this episode we continue our journey around Tudor London, this time venturing out of the city proper to the suburbs around the east and north - Hackney, Islington, Hampstead and Highgate with a walk on the Heath to boot! Is the Queen of the Icini who led a rebellion against the Romans buried on Hampstead Heath? You'll have to listen to find out …
 
In this episode we continue the journey around Tudor London by walking around the city gates, the walk along the Strand to Westminster, and a little bit on Westminster itself. You can get show notes at englandcast.com/Westminster. Englandcast.com/Tudorcon for Tudorcon tickets! And if you like this show, the number one thing you can do to help suppo…
 
In this second episode in the mini series on Tudor London we talk about London's rivers, and London Bridge. We talk about the rivers that shape London, and life on London Bridge. Show notes coming at englandcast.com/londonbridge 🌉 Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/tudorcon2020 🎟️ TudorFair.com for all your Tudor gift giving needs 🎁 Remember, if y…
 
This episode is the first in a mini series on life in Tudor London, and today I give a brief intro to what life was like in the capital during the Tudor period, followed by an exploration of the most obvious landmark in the City - St Paul's Cathedral. But it's not the St Paul's we know - it was a gothic church, that was started 400 years before our…
 
In this episode we chat about how our Tudor friends traveled. There's this myth that people in medieval and early Modern England didn't travel - that they stayed in their one little area forever, and that was that. But actually, they had the travel bug, and from pilgrimages to jobs that included travel, there were plenty of opportunities to get out…
 
Tony Riches has a new book out about Katherine WIlloughby - in this episode we talk about her life, her relationship with Charles Brandon, and how she put her life back together after the worst tragedy you can imagine. Show notes will be up at englandcast.com/tonyriches in the next few days. Like this show? Please leave a rating or review on Apple …
 
High collars? Flushing toilets? A knitting machine? All inventions the Tudors gave us! Show notes at englandcast.com/inventions. Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/tudorcon2019! Like the show? Leave a rating wherever you're listening to this - it really helps the show grow! (Also, you will get good creative-karma for showing some love to an indie …
 
In the past week we celebrated the birth and christening of Elizabeth I, which made me want to dive deeper into the story around her birth. For show notes and book recommendations, go to englandcast.com/elizabethsbirth. If you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes. It's free, and it's also the number one thing you can do to support the sh…
 
In this episode another Tudorcon speaker, Tammy Shovelton, fives us insights into the relationships that Elizabeth I had with her parents, family, and lovers. Check out Englandcast.com/ElizabethsRelationships for a rough transcript, and more resources! And get your Tudorcon tickets at englandcast.com/Tudorcon2019! See acast.com/privacy for privacy …
 
Episode 128 is all about Tudor Fools. The court jesters, jugglers, and the people who entertained the court. Who were they? What were their lives like? How were they discovered and taken to court? We talk about all that, and more. Check out englandcast.com/fools for show notes and book recommendations. And also go to englandcast.com/tudorcon2019 fo…
 
In this episode Michael Radi talks about his new musical, The King's Legacy, a new musical about the Tudor dynasty - and I am so, so excited about him and his show. Check out the official website at https://www.thekingslegacymusical.com. If you want to support the musical, here's how you can do so - To make a Tax-Deductible Donation to the show, ch…
 
This episode takes a look at sugar! That white powder that we put everywhere, and which most of us are trying to quit at any given time. Did our Tudor friends use sugar? If so, how? Show notes are at englandcast.com/sugar. And remember, if you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes - it's the biggest way you can help the show grow! See aca…
 
This is the audio of Leanda de Lisle's talk at the 2019 Tudor Summit talking about Charles I, The White King (so the audio isn't the best). His story is the natural fulfillment of the story of the Tudors, of the Reformation that Henry VIII set into motion a century before. It's interesting that the Tudors dynasty was bookended by civil war on eithe…
 
In Episode 125 we look at the experience of poverty in Tudor England, as well as the Tudor Poor Laws, leading up to the 1601 Elizabethan Poor Act. Something radical happened with the Dissolution of the Monasteries - care for the poor was suddenly shifted from being something that the church handled through the monasteries, to being something that f…
 
In this Supplemental Episode author Sarah Bryson gives a talk on Charles Brandon - what makes him tick, and why you should learn more about him. This was her talk at the March 2019 Tudor Summit. Learn more about Sarah at https://sarah-bryson.com/ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
Episode 124 is on Perkin Warbeck. Check out englandcast.com/perkin for show notes. Or go to www.TudorPlanner.com to support the Tudor Planner in the next day! And remember that if you like this show, the best thing you can do to help it is to leave a rating on iTunes. And thank you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In Episode 123 I look at the life of Hans Holbein, and how he impacted art and portraiture at the Tudor court. Show notes with paintings and links will be up shortly at englandcast.com/Holbein. Remember to check out Tudorcon.info for Tudorcon tickets! And remember, if you like this show, the best way you can support it is to leave a rating or revie…
 
I've been meaning to do an episode on Bonfire Night for ages, and what better timing than to do it on Bonfire Night itself? In this episode I go over what the Gunpowder Plot was, the issues that Catholics were experiencing in Elizabethan England, and how it all turned so drastic, and then fell apart at the last minute. Go to Englandcast.com for sho…
 
Episode 122 features Christine Morgan again - of the Untitled History Project (and a Tudorcon speaker) on The Spanish Princess - it's a new radio show over on the Tudor Radio Network where she breaks down the history behind the show. TudorRadioNetwork.com will have the updated schedule with her show in soon. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and op…
 
In this episode we hear from Alison Weir (back on the show for a record fourth time!), whose new book on Anne of Cleves (Anna of Kleve) is out this month. She has some really interesting theories about Anne! She's a joy to speak with, as always. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.…
 
In this episode, we'll do something a little bit different - go to Tudor Cambridge. Travel with me from King's Cross, and let's spend the day walking around the alleyways, going punting on the Cam, and headed to Evensong services! Happy Easter! Remember to check out Tudorcon.info to grab your Tudorcon tickets! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and …
 
This week I'm doing a fund drive to ask you to support the show financially by becoming a patron on Patreon. Each day we'll have a minicast as well as information on how you can support the show. It's like the spring NPR fund drive, only more Tudor-y. So support the show at patreon.com/englandcast. And thank you! See acast.com/privacy for privacy a…
 
One of the major shifts in the economy from a medieval to an early modern world was the rise of credit. In this episode I look at the history of credit and usury laws in Europe, and how it all began to change during the 16th century. Show notes at englandcast.com Tudorcon: www.TudorCon.info to sign up The Tudor Summit: www.TudorSummit.com to sign u…
 
This is the audio of Daniele's talk at the September Tudor Summit, talking about Christine de Pizan and medieval literature in general. The next Tudor Summit is March 2 and 3 - registration is free - check it out at TudorSummit.com! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
 
This week, grab a mug of mead, turn up the Tallis, and let's get in the mood to talk about... the history of Valentine's Day! And also, how our Tudor friends would have celebrated. Because if you're going to celebrate the day a saint was killed by Romans, why not add some Tudor history to your candy love hearts? Remember, if you like this show, the…
 
Christine Hartweg, author of several books on Robert Dudley and Amy Robsart, as well as the blog All Things Robert Dudley, spoke at the Tudor Summit in September 2018. Here's the audio of her talk. Remember, the March Tudor Summit is coming up on the 2 and 3 of March. Learn more at TudorSummit.com to sign up! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and o…
 
When we think of the 16th century Age of Exploration and Conquest, we often forget that it wasn't just in the Americas where Exploration was happening. This is the century where Ireland was conquered, and in this episode we look at the history of the Tudors in Ireland. Remember, if you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes. It's the numbe…
 
We're back! In Season 3 Episode 2, the Pilgrimage of Grace is heating up, Henry makes a not-so-subtle threat to Jane, Mary's back, and Brandon is conflicted. If you love this show, please leave a rating or review on iTunes - it makes a huge difference. Thank you so much! More information about us at WatchingTheTudors.com - and thanks for listening!…
 
In this episode I look at clocks and keeping time in Medieval and Tudor England. And more info at Englandcast.com. If you love this show, please leave a rating or review on iTunes - it's the number one thing you can do to help the show! Tudorcon.info for Tudorcon information. Thanks so much for your listenership, and support! See acast.com/privacy …
 
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