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Renaissance English History Podcast: A Show About the Tudors

243 EpisodesProduced by Heather TeyskoWebsite

Renaissance England was a bustling and exciting religion! break with rome! wars with Scotland! And France! And Spain! The birth of the modern world! In this twice-monthly podcast I'll explore one aspect of life in 16th century England that will give you a deeper understanding of this mo… read more

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Episode 188: The Prayer Book Rebellion

March 17th, 2023


In this episode we look at the evidence from a new book examining the importance and role of the Prayer Book Rebellion of 1549.

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Episode 187: David Ingram Takes a Long Walk

March 1st, 2023


In this episode we look at David Ingram, who got caught up in a battle in the Caribbean, and wound up in Nova Scotia.

Show notes, book link, and more at

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Episode 186: The New Forest

February 17th, 2023


In this episode we look at the New Forest, a magical bit of England along the south coast that has been the scene for a LOT of history.

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Episode 185: The Markets of Medieval and Tudor London

February 6th, 2023


When you lived in a city, getting food could be a challenge. Hence, the growth of markets. Here we look at some of London's Tudor markets - …

Episode 184: Anne and Elizabeth Part 2

January 19th, 2023


This is the second part in a look at how Anne Boleyn influenced the life of the young Princess Elizabeth, based on Tracy Borman's new book. Check out …

Episode 183: Anne and Elizabeth

December 17th, 2022


This episode is part one of a two part series breaking down Tracy Borman's new book on Anne and Elizabeth.

Show notes will be up at

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Episode 182: How the Tudors Got Ready for Winter

November 28th, 2022


In this episode we look at the winter prep our Tudor friends would have been doing in November. Imagine you're a yeoman farmer sometime in the early …

Episode 181 (I think?): Cardinal Wosley Part 2

November 10th, 2022


Focusing on the downfall of Wolsey, this is the second part of the deep dive into Cardinal Wolsey, thanks to the new biography by Phil Roberts.

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Episode 180 Cardinal Wolsey Part 1

October 25th, 2022


Way back in 2009 I did an episode on Cardinal Wolsey. I thought it was time to revisit him, and the timing with a new biography was perfect! This is …

Episode 179 The Funerals of Tudor Monarchs

September 16th, 2022


With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, I thought it would be appropriate to do an episode on how our Tudor friends would have commemorated and …

Tony Riches on Francis Drake

August 31st, 2022


This is an interview with author Tony Riches on his book featuring Francis Drake. He's always so generous, and is giving one of his books away in the Tudorcon streaming ticket swag bag - grab your ticket at …

Going on Pilgrimage in Medieval and Tudor England

August 22nd, 2022


In this episode we look at the Medieval Pilgrimage, and how that changed in Tudor England. I wax philosophical on travel, adventure, and how humanism turned religious trips into tourism. Plus, Tudorcon Online this year …

episode 177: NonSuch Palace

July 19th, 2022


Remember the part in The Tudors when Henry was spiraling into his deep depression after the death of Jane Seymour, and started building Nonsuch Palace? I did too. So I wanted to dig into Nonsuch a little bit - what made …

A Taste of Tudorcon Part Three: Sarah Morris

June 30th, 2022


Just in time for the three day weekend, a three hour Taste of Tudorcon. This is an edited part of the Saturday morning of Tudorcon 2020, which was, …

A Taste of Tudorcon Part Two: Janet Wertman

June 30th, 2022


Just in time for the three day weekend, a three hour Taste of Tudorcon. This is an edited part of the Saturday morning of Tudorcon 2020, which was, …

A Taste of Tudorcon Part One: Carol Ann Lloyd

June 30th, 2022


Just in time for the three day weekend, a three hour Taste of Tudorcon. This is an edited part of the Saturday morning of Tudorcon 2020, which was, …

Episode 176: Personal Share + 16th century religious fasting

June 9th, 2022


Hello friends! It's been a minute, but I'm back on this show I love so much, talking Tudor nerdiness with friends like you.

This episode is a personal share about what's been going on, and also dives into the history of …

Supplemental: Rachael Dickzen talking Tudor Trademarks at Tudorcon 2021

November 19th, 2021


This is a supplemental episode - a recording of Rachael Dickzen at Tudorcon 2021. I know I've been absent lately - thanks to those of you who sent lovely messages making sure I'm good. Just crazy busy :)

Get all the …

Episode 175: Smoking and Tobacco

September 11th, 2021


trigger warning: Smoking and Tobacco use.

Soon after Columbus came back from his voyage to the West Indies, a sailor in Spain lit a pipe. And thus …

Episode 174: William Byrd and the Gradualia

August 22nd, 2021


This episode is all about William Byrd, a Catholic who wrote for a Protestant, wrote illegal masses, and somehow survived to publish his great work, …

Episode 173: Taking the Waters

August 3rd, 2021


Remember in a previous episode about Tudor bathrooms we talked about the medieval spa experience where you could have a meal and a bath at the same …

Episode 172: The Music of the Spheres

July 21st, 2021


In this episode we look at Music Therapy from a Tudor perspective, diving into the idea of the music of the spheres, and also tying in string theory. Because really, it's all related.

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Episode 171: Signs and Omens

June 25th, 2021


Have you ever wondered whether something that happened to you was a "sign" that you should make a particular choice? Well, you're not alone. Our …

Episode 170: A Year in the Life - 1561

June 14th, 2021


1561 was a pretty big year. Lightning struck. Mary Queen of Scots was headed back to Scotland. And Elizabeth's love life was a mess. We discuss it all in this episode. Show notes will be up at asap. …

Episode 169: Henry VIII's Inventory

May 28th, 2021


He had stuff. Lots of stuff. Fancy stuff. Old stuff. New Stuff. Weird stuff. And his inventory - created by Edward VI and his commissioners to find …

Episode 168: Salt (in a non-salty way_

May 14th, 2021


In this episode we talk about Salt. And also, what the Romans gave to us. With Monty Python quotes for fun. Show notes will go up asap at

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Episode 167: Escapes from the Tower of London

May 1st, 2021


This week we look at famous escapes from the Tower of London, by various means including getting the guards drunk. or charming them, or even planning it all out with friends using invisible ink. With honorable mention …

Episode 166: A Map and the People Who Studied It

April 17th, 2021


In this episode we look at a 1544 map of the world drawn by Sebastian Cabot, and the people who studied and copied it. Show notes will go up at Thank you for listening!

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Episode 165: A Tudor Easter

April 2nd, 2021


It's time to talk about Easter! How did the Tudors celebrate? What of their celebrations have stayed with us today? This is a short and sweet springtime episode.

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Supplemental: James Peacock on Anne Boleyn

March 26th, 2021


This is a chat from the 2019 Tudor Summit where James Peacock, of the Anne Boleyn Society, discusses Anne and her legacy. Read the transcript and …

Episode 164: The Strange and Sad Story of Agnes Bowker and her

March 19th, 2021


Note: This show comes with a trigger warning for predatory behavior. In 1559 Agnes Bowker gave birth to a cat. That's where the investigation starts, and in this episode we look at this strange and sad story, and what …

Supplemental: Tracy Borman on Private Lives

March 12th, 2021


Going through and releasing all the piles of interviews I have taking up space on a dropbox folder - I'm going to let them take up space in your …

Episode 163: Women Pirates

March 4th, 2021


In this episode we look at a few stories of Elizabethan women who sailed the seas for booty and adventure!

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Episode 162: Tudor Weddings ❤️

February 13th, 2021


It's that time of the year. Time to talk about love. And marriage. Let's talk about how the Tudors got married. Arranged marriages. Courting. Vows. Negotiations. And more.

Happy V-Day - hope you're getting some lovely …

Episode 161: Sea Shanties

February 5th, 2021


In case you haven't noticed, Sea Shanties are having a Moment. In this episode we look at the history of Sea Shanties. Show notes will be up at


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Episode 160: Elizabeth and China

January 17th, 2021


Connecting the dots between a piece of porcelain, a 1602 dinner party at Robert Cecil's, the Rainbow Portrait, and a letter that only got as far as Baffin Island. And it all leads to China. Globalism isn't a new idea.

Episode 159: Let's Trade Stuff with Iceland!

January 1st, 2021


In this episode we check out the Tudor relationship with Iceland. Did you know Henry VIII had the opportunity to buy Iceland not once, not twice, but three times?!

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Supplemental: Tudor Christmas Carols

December 24th, 2020


In this episode we look at four wonderful Christmas carols that our Tudor friends would have known and loved.

Happy Christmas!

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Supplemental: Brigitte Webster in the TLC talking about getting ready for winter

December 20th, 2020


We often think about going inwards and hibernating at this time of year, but our Tudor friends still had a LOT of work to do! Brigitte Webster of the Tudor and 17th Century Experience stopped by the Tudor Learning …

Episode 157: The Rough Wooing

December 14th, 2020


Henry VIII wanted to invade France. But he also had to handle Scotland. Also, Mary Queen of Scots entered the picture. And thus began, the Rough Wooing.

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Supplemental: Chat with James Boulton on the Tudor Queen Consorts

December 4th, 2020


Friend of the Show James Boulton stopped by the Tudor Learning Circle the other week to chat about the Queen Consorts starting with Elizabeth of …

Episode 156: Medieval and Tudor Wool Trade

November 27th, 2020


The wool trade affected pretty much every part of life in Tudor England, but I haven't ever done an episode about it! Well now that's a big omission! …

Supplemental: Nathen Amin at Tudorcon2020

November 20th, 2020


This is a talk Nathen Amin put together for Tudorcon2020 and I'm sharing it here because it's just that good.

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Episode 155: A Tudor Home Tour - the Bathroom

November 14th, 2020


Continuing our tour of the Tudor home, we chat about bathrooms. Medieval bath houses, moveable toilets, great houses of easement, and feasting in the tub. Also, I try really hard to not make toilet jokes.

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Supplementary: A Chat with our Friendly Neighborhood Shakespeare

November 5th, 2020


One of the things we do over in the Tudor Learning Circle is set up regular chats with interesting history people. Last week Shakespeare dropped by. …

Episode 154: A brief history of Alchemy

October 25th, 2020


Double double, toil and trouble - tis the season to make potions! But did you know there's a long history and deep mystical history with the art of alchemy? Let's dig in!

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Episode 153: Tim Darcy Ellis on Juan Luis Vives

October 8th, 2020


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, …

Supplementary: Sample Episode One of the Kickass Tudor Women Course

October 7th, 2020


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 …

Episode 152: The Tudor Home Tour - the Bedroom

September 17th, 2020


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 …

Supplementary:A Michael Radi as part of #TudorfytheQuarantine

September 6th, 2020


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 …

Episode 151: A Year in the Life - 1580

August 28th, 2020


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

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Supplemental: Nathen Amin and the House of Beaufort

August 14th, 2020


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 ( - Nathen stopped by to do a talk on the Beauforts. The …

Episode 150 (!) A Tudor Home Tour: The Living Room

August 7th, 2020


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!

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Episode 149: The Mysterious life and death of Christopher Marlowe

July 24th, 2020


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

Episode 148: A Year in the Life - 1601

July 11th, 2020


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 …

Episode 147: The Tudor Home - the Kitchen

June 27th, 2020


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. …

Episode 146: British History, Tudor Style

June 12th, 2020


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 …

Episode 145: Madrigals for May

May 18th, 2020


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 …

Episode 144: Frost Fairs on the Froze

May 3rd, 2020


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 …

Episode 143: The Great Debasement

April 16th, 2020


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 …

Episode 142: A Deep Dive into 1527

March 30th, 2020


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 …

Episode 141: Thomas Elyot and the Book The Governor

March 22nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 139: Bad (Tudor) Romance

February 14th, 2020


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 …

Episode 138: Arks and Floods and Prophesy, Oh My!

January 10th, 2020


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.

Episode 137: Tudor London - the Northern Suburbs

January 2nd, 2020


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 …

Episode 136: Tudor London - Westminster, the Stand, and London Gates

December 13th, 2019


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 …

Episode 135: Tudor London - Rivers and London Bridge

December 5th, 2019


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 …

Episode 134: Tudor London - St Paul's

November 28th, 2019


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 …

Episode 133: Travel in Tudor England

November 21st, 2019


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 …

Episode 132: Tony Riches on Katherine Willoughby

October 15th, 2019


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. …

Episode 131: Tudor Inventions

September 28th, 2019


High collars? Flushing toilets? A knitting machine? All inventions the Tudors gave us!

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Episode 130: The Pregnancy of Anne Boleyn, and birth of Elizabeth

September 14th, 2019


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

Episode 129: Elizabeth I's relationships with Tammy Shovelton

August 29th, 2019


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 for a …

Episode 128: Tudor Fools

August 15th, 2019


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 …

Episode 127: Michael Radi on The King's Legacy

August 1st, 2019


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

Episode 126: Sugar in Tudor England

July 16th, 2019


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 …

Supplemental: Leanda de Lisle at the 2019 Tudor Summit

July 7th, 2019


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 …

Episode 125: Being Poor in Tudor England

June 27th, 2019


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. …

Supplemental: Sarah Bryson at the Tudor Summit on Charles Brandon

June 14th, 2019


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 …

Episode 124: Perkin Warbeck

June 6th, 2019


Episode 124 is on Perkin Warbeck. Check out for show notes. Or go to to support the Tudor Planner in the next day! And remember that if you like this show, the best thing you …

Episode 123: Hans Holbein the Younger

May 24th, 2019


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 …

Episode 113: Remember, Remember

May 21st, 2019


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 …

122: Christine Morgan on the Spanish Princess

May 19th, 2019


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 …

Supplemental: Christine Morgan at the Tudor Summit on Mary Boleyn

May 10th, 2019


In this episode we chat about Mary Boleyn with Christine Morgan at the 2019 Tudor Summit.

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Episode 121: Alison Weir on Anne of Cleves

May 1st, 2019


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 …

Episode 120: A Virtual Tour of Tudor Cambridge

April 21st, 2019


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 …

Supplemental Spring Fund Drive Minicast: The shrine of our lady of walsingham

March 29th, 2019


This is the spring fund drive where I ask you for money, and give you minicasts in return - you can support the show at And thank you!

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Fund Drive #2: The Lottery

March 28th, 2019


This is the Spring Fund Drive where each day I'm releasing a minicast and a reminder that you can support this show by going to Thank you so much for your support!

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Supplemental: Spring 2019 Fund Drive #1 - John Dee

March 25th, 2019


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 …

Episode 119: The rise of credit in Tudor England

February 28th, 2019


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 …

Supplemental: Danièle Cybulskie talking about Christine de Pizan at the September 2

February 20th, 2019


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 …

Episode 118: Will you be my Valentine?

February 13th, 2019


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 …

Supplemental: Christine Hartweg at the Tudor Summit

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Episode 117: The Tudors in Ireland

January 28th, 2019


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 116: Clocks

January 14th, 2019


In this episode I look at clocks and keeping time in Medieval and Tudor England. And more info at If you love this show, please leave a rating or review on iTunes - it's the number one thing you can do …

Episode 115: A Conversation with Tony Riches on Charles Brandon

December 14th, 2018


If you're like me, you may have had a rather questionable opinion of Charles Brandon. I'll admit it, he hasn't ranked high in my estimation. But historical fiction author Tony Riches - whose work I love - has just …

Episode 114: Richard Hakluyt and Travel Writing

December 1st, 2018


In this episode we talk about the early travel writer Richard Hakluyt, who did so much to encourage exploration

The link to register for Tudorcon is at - October 18-20 2019 - Lancaster PA - it's going to be …

Supplemental: Agoraphobia 2018 - the Haunted Gallery

October 31st, 2018


Every year the Agora Podcast Network, of which I am a part, does a special Agoraphobia series in October where each participating podcast does a short halloween themed episode. This was mine from this year - that night …

Episode 112: The Tower Menagerie

October 28th, 2018


For some time I've been wanting to do an episode on the Tower Menagerie. In this episode I look at the history of the zoo at the Tower of London. More info and show notes at Thanks for listening!

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Supplemental: Melita Thomas on Tudor Ladies in Waiting

October 19th, 2018


In this interview from the September 2018 Tudor Summit, Melita Thomas talks us through the role of Ladies in Waiting, and how they changed over the …

Episode 111: Early American Exploration, and the Lost Colony of Roanoke

October 13th, 2018


How was the Lost Colony of Roanoke related to the Spanish Armada? What about those First Americans who made nice with the colonists, and even went …

Supplemental: James Peacock at the Tudor Summit

October 5th, 2018


This is a supplemental episode featuring James Peacock, from the Anne Boleyn Society, at the Tudor Summit in September 2018. Enjoy!

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Episode 110: Arthur Tudor

September 29th, 2018


Arthur Tudor was a Tudor prince who we often think of just in terms of his death. When we do talk about him in life, it's often about whether he consummated his marriage. But there was more to Arthur than that. And …

Supplemental: American Scandal from Wondery

September 28th, 2018


A new episode is dropping tomorrow in my show, but in the meantime, I wanted to give you this sample of the new podcast from Wondery, American Scandal. I'm super excited for this new show, and I hope you enjoy this …

Supplemental: Lauren Johnson at the September 2018 Tudor Summit

September 21st, 2018


This is a supplemental episode featuring historian Lauren Johnson at this year's Tudor Summit from a few weeks ago. She talks about her book, So Great a Prince, which is a survey of the year 1509 in England, the year …

Episode 109: Divorce in the Middle Ages (aka was there precedent for Henry's request)

September 13th, 2018


This week, we look at the Big A. Annulment. There is a narrative that Henry was doing something really outrageous when he wanted to end his marriage …

Supplemental: American Innovations Podcast Introduction

September 4th, 2018


I know it's been a while since I've dropped a new episode. I spent August getting ready for the Tudor Summit (you can still hear the talks - go to to sign up, and you'll get an automatic email with all …

Episode 108: Tudor Times on Mary Tudor, the French Queen

July 21st, 2018


In this episode Melita from Tudor Times tells us about Mary, the French Queen. Show notes at

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Supplemental: American History Tellers' Revolutionary War Series

July 13th, 2018


This is a sample of a new podcast from the Wondery network - the American History Tellers' Revolutionary War series. It takes a look at the …

Episode 107: Football in Tudor England (A World Cup Special Edition_

July 6th, 2018


[WORLD CUP SPOLI] In honor of England making it through their first knockout round, here's an episode on Tudor football. One of the deadliest sports in Tudor England, second only to archery, football was not really a …

Supplemental: Tudor Music Hour - The Music of the Elizabethan Theater

July 3rd, 2018


The Tudor Music Hour is the radio show I do in the UK, which airs every Sunday morning at 9am on Mad Wasp Radio. I put out an abbreviated version here on the podcast feed. You can go to to get …

Supplemental: Tudor Music Hour Episode 3: Tudor Music as Propaganda

June 29th, 2018


A few years ago I did a podcast episode on Tudor portraits as propaganda - the Tudors are known for using the great portrait artists like Holbein to …

Supplemental: Tudor Music Hour Episode 2: The Music of Orlando Gibbons

June 21st, 2018


Celebrating the music of Orlando Gibbons, one of the later Elizabethan/Jacobean composers who provided a bridge between the generation of Tallis, and the great Henry Purcell. We look at some of Gibbons' madrigals, …

Episode 106: Midsummer in Tudor England

June 21st, 2018


It's the Summer Solstice! If you're a pagan, this is a pretty big deal to you, and I won't interrupt your time at Stonehenge... but if you're not, …

Episode 105 Historian Alison Weir on Jane Seymour

June 15th, 2018


Historian Alison Weir makes her third appearance on the Renaissance English History Podcast to talk about Jane Seymour, who is the focus of her third historical fiction novel in the Six Wives series. Learn more, and get …

Supplemental: The Tudor Music Hour Episode 001

June 4th, 2018


I've recently started a radio program, available in the UK on Mad Wasp Radio, featuring Tudor music. I'm releasing the episodes here on the podcast feed as Supplemental episodes to my show, and also they won't have the …

Episode 104: Elizabeth and the Pretender

May 24th, 2018


In 1580 Portugal was in the midst of a succession crisis. Don Antonio had a good claim to the throne, but he was illegitimate. Philip II of Spain had a claim, but he was Spanish, and thus, a foreigner. Philip took the …

Episode 103: Tudor Times on Francis Walsingham

May 18th, 2018


In this episode Melita Thomas of Tudor Times talks about Francis Walsingham, commonly remembered as Elizabeth's spymaster. He was a complex person. Show notes coming at, so you can dive deeper.

Remember, …

Supplemental: Seamus O'Ceallaigh on Tudor Medicine

May 6th, 2018


Seamus O'Ceallaigh spoke at the March 2018 Tudor Summit about Tudor Medicine and Henry VIII's health issues. Here is that talk, in case you missed the Summit. Learn more about him at and don't forget the …

Episode 102: Education in Tudor England

April 27th, 2018


What was going on in the world of Education during the 16th century, and who were the people who taught our illustrious Tudor princes and princesses? In this episode I take a look at the ways education was changing …

Supplemental: Claire Ridgway at the Tudor Summit

April 19th, 2018


If you've followed Tudor history at all over the past decade, you've come across Claire Ridgway's blog, The Anne Boleyn Files. Here she talks about …

Episode 101: Tudor Times on Anne of Brittany

April 11th, 2018


Episode 101 of the Renaissance English History Podcast sees Melita Thomas of Tudor Times talking about Anne of Brittany. Remember to check out the resources at or for more information on …

Supplemental: Matthew Lewis - The Survival of the Princes in the Tower

April 5th, 2018


On March 3 and 4 Tudorholics from all around the world gathered online for the second Tudor Summit, where we gathered together some of the brightest …

Supplemental: Eric, Robert, and the Springtime Duel

April 1st, 2018


In this episode I look at a recently unearthed piece of evidence detailing a romantic love triangle that has never been studied before between Robert Dudley and Eric of Sweden, for Elizabeth's hand. More details and …

Episode 100: The Tudors - Just like Us

March 30th, 2018


In this 100th Episode I look at some of the ways the Tudors were Just Like Us, and have stayed with us through the centuries. Music, government, flushing toilets - it's all covered! Show notes, links, and transcript, at …

Episode 099: Elizabeth and the Sultan

March 14th, 2018


In this episode we wrap up the mini series on the relationship between the Tudors and the Ottoman Turks. Here we look specifically at the trading relationships with the Ottomans, and how Turks were portrayed in pop …

Supplemental: Introducing This Is War

March 13th, 2018


Introducing a new podcast from Wondery: This is War. PLEASE NOTE that this episode is marked explicit for graphic language and depictions of real wartime experiences. A raw look at the combat and homecoming experience …

Episode 098: The Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto

February 22nd, 2018


Episode 098 of the Renaissance English History Podcast looks at the Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto - part of my ongoing examination of England's relationship with the Ottoman Empire. Remember to sign up for …

Episode 097: Shakespeare and Love: An interview with Cassidy Cash of That Shakespeare Girl

February 14th, 2018


In this episode, especially for Valentine's Day, we talk to Cassidy Cash of That Shakespeare Girl about what Shakespeare can tell us about love in Renaissance England. Grab show notes, and Cassidy's free guide, at …

Episode 096: England and the Knights of the Order of St. John and the Siege of Rhodes

January 22nd, 2018


How's that for a long title? In this episode I look at the Knights of the Order of St John, and the rising threat of the Ottoman Turks. It's the …

Episode 095: Tudor Times on Robert Dudley

December 21st, 2017


The Tudor Times December Person of the Month is Robert Dudley, who is famous for having been Elizabeth's probable soulmate, but was also a skilled …

Episode 094: Thomas Gresham, and the Royal Exchange: England's First Shopping Mall

December 10th, 2017


In this episode I look at the life of Thomas Gresham, a master merchant and economist who served four Tudor monarchs, rescued the currency, smuggled, and also started England's first shopping mall. Learn more at …

Episode 093: Tudor Times on Katherine Parr

November 25th, 2017


In this episode Melita Thomas from Tudor Times talks about Katherine Parr, and adds more depth and color to a life that is often defined as being …

Supplemental: Travis Dow Goes to Wittenberg

November 21st, 2017


In this episode, Travis Dow (of way too many podcasts to list, but especially The History of Germany) goes to Wittenberg to celebrate Martin Luther using a hammer and nail to post his grievances. He created this …

Supplemental: Gina Clark, Tudor Costumier, at the Tudor Summit

November 17th, 2017


Gina Clark runs the Tudor Dreams Historic Costumier, and she makes gorgeous, historically authentic gowns for films, and interpretive groups. She spoke with me at the Tudor Summit about all things related to clothing …

Episode 092: Visiting Tudor Wales with Nathen Amin

November 15th, 2017


Wales is just filled with Tudor history waiting to be discovered. Nathen Amin, founder of the Henry Tudor Society, wrote a book about visiting Tudor Wales. He's also putting together a tour with me in late April …

Episode 091: James I and Witchcraft

November 5th, 2017


James I was a teeny bit obsessed with witches. In this episode I look a bit at the state of witchcraft and magic in Renaissance England, how that changed during the Protestant Reformation, and how James jumped on it and …

Supplementary - Agoraphobia 2016 Halloween - a Tower Encounter!

October 31st, 2017


This is last year's Agoraphobia story telling about an encounter with some Tower residents. Check out to subscribe to the Agora feed and find great new history podcasts.Happy Halloween!

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Supplementary: Halloween story - Yorkshire Witch Encounter

October 31st, 2017


This was my contribution to the Agora Podcast Network's Agoraphobia Halloween themed episodes this year, in which I talk about an encounter with a …

Episode 090: Reformation Month Number Four - The Elizabethan Settlement

October 28th, 2017


When Elizabeth took the throne, the first order of business was to reestablish the Church of England, after England became reconciled to the Pope under Mary. In the fourth of the #reformation500 celebration series, we …

Supplemental: Sarah Gristwood at the Tudor Summit

October 27th, 2017


Sarah Gristwood gave the opening keynote of the Tudor Summit in September 2017. Here's her talk on Queenship in 16th century Europe. If you like this show, remember the best thing you can do to support it is to leave a …

Episode 089: Reformation Month Three - Edward and Mary and Religious Whiplash

October 22nd, 2017


In this third episode of the #reformation500 English Reformation Month series, we talk about the fast changes that Archbishop Cranmer implements under Edward, and then winds up getting burned under Mary. Remember you …

Supplemental: Rebecca Larson at the Tudor Summit

October 19th, 2017


The blogger at The Tudor Summit in September 2017 talking about royal scandals.

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Episode 088: Reformation Month #2 - The Henrican Reformation

October 14th, 2017


It's still #reformationmonth and in this episode we look at the journey Henry VIII took from being a loyal servant of the Pope, named Defender of the …

Supplementary: James Boulton at the Tudor Summit

October 13th, 2017


James Boulton of the Queens of England Podcast at the Tudor Summit in September, giving us the quick tour on the Six Wives.Remember, if you like this …

Episode 087: Reformation Month #1 - the Medieval English church pre-1520

October 7th, 2017


October is the 500th anniversary month of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses on the door of Wittenberg Cathedral. To celebrate I'm doing a series of episodes this month on the Reformation in England. This week we're …

Supplementary: Natalie Grueninger at the Tudor Summit

October 5th, 2017


This is a Supplementary Episode with Natalie Grueninger of On the Tudor Trail at the Tudor Summit in September 2017. Check her out at Remember that if you like this show there are a number of ways …

Episode 086: Food, Dining, Sumptuary Laws, and even Refrigeration

September 30th, 2017


This is an episode that started out about food, but somewhere along the line it turned into a small chemistry lesson on refrigeration. Also, sumptuary laws, dining, and why you slaughter animals on November 11. If you …

Supplementary: Nathen Amin at the Tudor Summit

September 28th, 2017


This was the talk by Nathen Amin, author, and founder of The Henry Tudor Society, at this year's Tudor Summit. Learn more about all the speakers, and sign up to get their videos at

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Supplementary - Melita Thomas at the Tudor Summit

September 21st, 2017


Melita Thomas spoke at the Tudor Summit about her new book, The King's Pearl, and the nuanced relationship between Mary and her father, Henry VIII. This is the audio of her video talk. If you missed the Tudor Summit, …

Episode 085: Tudor Times on Mary Queen of Scots

September 15th, 2017


The Tudor Times Person of the Month is Mary Queen of Scots. Melita Thomas talks about Mary, and the research that went into piecing together this woman who is still, 500 years later, an enigma. Remember you can learn …

Supplementary: Tony Riches at the Tudor Summit

September 14th, 2017


If you missed the Tudor Summit, don't worry! I'll be releasing the audio over the course of the rest of the year here on the podcast feed. If you did attend, and you'd like to have the audio files to re-listen, then …

Episode 084: Elizabethan Astronomy

September 1st, 2017


A look at the astronomical scene in 16th century England, as well as how people reacted to the new ideas discovered by Copernicus. Remember to check for show notes, book recommendations, etc. Want to …

Episode 083: Tudor Times on Mary Sidney

August 15th, 2017


In this episode, Melita of Tudor Times talks with us about Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, writer, poet, and enigma about whom very little is known. She pieces together what there is available to know, including the …

Episode 082: Tudor Choniclers

July 31st, 2017


So much of Tudor history is the convergence of new technologies and ideas that radically changed society as they were implemented. One example of …

Episode 081: Tudor Times on Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury

July 17th, 2017


Margaret Pole led a life filled with ups and downs. Born into life as the niece of the King, she ended her life almost 70 years later at the hands of …

Episode 080 The Great Tudor Bake Along

July 3rd, 2017


This episode is a little non traditional. It's a bake along wherein Hannah, my three year old, and I make Tudor Jumbles. It was a bit scattered, so …

Episode 079: An Interview with Roland Hui

June 16th, 2017


Roland Hui is an art historian and the author of a new book on the Tudor Queens called The Turbulent Crown. We talked about the newly discovered …

Episode 078: Tudor Times on John Knox

June 2nd, 2017


John Knox is one of the pillars of the mid 16th century Protestant movement, and has become known as one of the most famous Marian Exiles. See the show notes and transcript at Remember that if you like …

Episode 077: Crime and Punishment

May 18th, 2017


Episode 077 of the Renaissance English History Podcast is about Tudor Crime and Punishment. What was considered a crime? What would your punishment …

Episode 076: Alison Weir on Anne Boleyn

May 9th, 2017


What a thrill it was to speak with Alison Weir for the second time about her new book on Anne Boleyn. The second in the new Six Tudor Queens series, …

Episode 075: Elizabeth and France

May 3rd, 2017


The 75th episode is spent talking about Elizabeth I and her relationship with France, which was complicated and messy, just like other Tudor monarchs'. Remember that the best thing you can do to support the show is also …

Episode 074: Edward, Mary, and France

April 20th, 2017


Episode 074 is the continuing look at how our Tudor Monarchs related to France. Edward made war, Mary lost Calais. If you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes. And go to for show notes, and …

Episode 073: Tudor Times on Elizabeth of York

March 24th, 2017


In Episode 073 of the Renaissance English History Podcast I talk with Melita Thomas of Tudor Times about Elizabeth of York, uniter of the York and Lancaster houses. Get links and resources at If you …

Episode 072: Glenn Richardson on the Field of Cloth of Gold

March 16th, 2017


The Field of Cloth of Gold is one of the most famous foreign policy events in Henry VIII's reign, and it has stayed with us in part because of its …

Episode 071: Henry VIII and France

March 7th, 2017


In this continuing look at the Tudors and their relationship with France, I take a look at Henry VIII, who came to the throne wanting to emulate his …

Episode 070: Tudor Times on John Dudley

February 26th, 2017


In this episode Melita Thomas talks about their February Person of the Month, John Dudley. He's (in)famous as the mastermind behind the Lady Jane Grey plot (which got them all killed, so didn't work out so well) but …

Episode 069: Supplemental - chat episode with James Boulton on Katherine of Aragon

February 23rd, 2017


This is a supplemental episode that was a chat between James Boulton (Queens of England Podcast) and me, about Katherine of Aragon. The sound is …

Episode 068: Black Tudors

February 18th, 2017


It's Black History Month in North America, and in honor of that, I am going out of the planned narrative of war with France, and doing this episode on the black Tudor experience. There have been black people in England …

Episode 067: Henry VII and Foreign Policy (with an emphasis on France)

February 4th, 2017


Starting off the new year with several episodes on Tudor relations with France, this episode looks at the beginning of the beginning - the foreign …

Episode 066: Reconsidering Tudor History

January 9th, 2017


In this episode of the Renaissance English History Podcast, Erik and Xander from the Reconsider Podcast stop by and we talk about how our biases and …

Episode 065: Cosmetics and Makeup (aka indulging my inner girly girl)

December 29th, 2016


How did ladies get made up in the 16th century? Why, with lead, madder, and egg whites, of course! Brush off those bare minerals, and let's talk about henna hair dye, kohl mascara, and plucking our hairlines. Get show …

Episode 064: Tudor Times on Bess of Hardwick

December 22nd, 2016


In this episode Melita Thomas talks about Bess of Hardwick, the Tudor Times Person of the Month. Since I had already done an episode on Bess in October 2015, we jumped right in to talking more specifically about land …

Episode 063: Linda Porter

December 12th, 2016


Linda Porter is an author and historian who has written several books on Tudors, and now has a new book out about Charles I, his children, and the English Civil Wars. It's a bit later than our time period, but we also …

Episode 062: Literature and Printing in 16th century England

December 8th, 2016


The 16th century saw an explosion of printing and the rise of literature in England, as well as the rest of Europe. The printing press made printing large numbers of pamphlets, broadsheets, newspapers, and books easy, …

Episode 061: Anne of Cleves

November 23rd, 2016


She's remembered as the 4th discarded wife of Henry VIII, but there's more to Anne of Cleves than that. This episode looks at her life, the foreign …

Episode 060: Sarah Gristwood

November 16th, 2016


In episode 060 I talk with Sarah Gristwood, the notable author of such great titles as Blood Sisters, and her new one, Game of Queens. We talk about the new book, which is about the Queens who shaped 16th century …

Episode 059: Tudor Times on Anne of Denmark

November 3rd, 2016


In this episode, Melita Thomas of Tudor Times talks about their Person of the Month, Anne of Denmark. Learn more about her from If you like the Renaissance English History Podcast please …

Episode 058: Strangers Amongst Us: Aliens and Xenophobia in Elizabethan England

October 29th, 2016


In this personal episode I take a look at the xenophobia of the 16th century in England. Go to or text the listener support line at 801 683 9756 for show notes. If you like the show please remember to …

Episode 057: ReConsidered on Richard III

October 17th, 2016


Xander and Erik come over to have us reconsider the propaganda around Richard III, and the stories we have of him through Shakespeare. Check out to learn more about Erik and Xander's podcast, …

Episode 056: Bessie Blount, a Guest Episode from James of The Queens of England

October 3rd, 2016


A Guest Episode from James Boulton of the fabulous Queens of England Podcast about Bessie Blount, Henry VIII's most famous mistress (at least one …

Episode 055: Tudor Times on Thomas More

September 16th, 2016


One of the pivotal personalities in the 16th century, in many ways, despite his fame, Thomas More continues to be an enigma to us, 500 years later. For some, he is a Saint, who fought to keep the church unified. For …

Episode 054: Rebellions Three

September 4th, 2016


Wrapping up our look at Tudor Rebellions, this episode looks at the long term effects of the rebellions, and how they affected social, religious, and …

Episode 053: Tudor Times on Margaret Tudor

August 17th, 2016


Margaret Tudor was Henry VIII's sister, a Princess, a Queen, and a prolific letter writer. She's also the August Person of the Month on Tudor Times. …

Episode 052: Rebellions Two

August 9th, 2016


The second in a three part mini series on Tudor Rebellions, this episode looks at some of the more famous of the rebellions that our Tudor monarchs …

Episode 051: Tudor Rebellions

July 25th, 2016


An introduction to Tudor Rebellions - the causes of rebellions in general, and how they were handled by the respective monarchs. As a reminder, you can get a transcript and some show notes by sending your email address …

Episode 050: Tudor Times on Honor Grenville

July 11th, 2016


A Tudor Times interview with Melita Thomas discussing their Person of the Month for July, Honor Grenville, a woman who rose from obscurity to marry …

Episode 049: Tudor Times on James I

June 13th, 2016


Queen Elizabeth died leaving the throne to James I, her relative through her aunt who married into Scotland. In this episode Melita Thomas of Tudor Times talks about James, and why he is their Person of the Month. Learn …

Episode 048: Other Important Theatrical Characters

June 5th, 2016


This is the third part in my Trilogy of the Theater. The first was a look at the history of Elizabethan Theater. Second, we looked at the life of Shakespeare in April. Now we conclude by looking at the other principal …

Episode 47: Tudor Times talks to us about Catherine of Aragon

May 5th, 2016


Melita Thomas of Tudor Times talks about their Person of the Month for May, Catherine of Aragon. A Spanish princess, the daughter of Ferdinand and …

Episode 046: William Shakespeare

April 13th, 2016


A look at the life of William Shakespeare - an albeit brief introduction to the Bard, as we celebrate his birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death this month. Get in touch by texting the listener feedback line - …

Episode 045: Tudor Times on Jasper Tudor

April 2nd, 2016


Another joint podcast with Melita Thomas of Tudor Times. This time we talk about Jasper Tudor, the uncle of Henry Tudor. Jasper made it possible for …

Episode 044: The Theater

March 12th, 2016


A look at the history of Elizabethan Theater and the medieval background including mystery plays. This is the first episode I'll be doing on the …

Episode 043: Alison Weir

February 24th, 2016


Alison Weir talks to the Renaissance English History Podcast, and I get starstruck. Check out the links she mentions at

Episode 042: Tudor Times on Margaret Beaufort

February 24th, 2016


Melita Thomas, co founder of Tudor Times, talks about Margaret Beaufort. Learn more about Henry VII's mother at or learn more about the Renaissance English …

Re-Post - Benjamin Redding and Boats

February 15th, 2016


Hey everyone - I'm reposting this because I realized the audio was way off for the last version. So so so many apologies. This episode I talk with …

Episode 040: The Armada Part 2 - The Battle!

January 28th, 2016


An overview of the actual battles that took place during those two weeks in the summer of 1588 where Spain was successfully driven from English …

Episode 039: The Armada Part 1 - Foreign Policy

January 12th, 2016


The tensions within England, and with Spain, that led Philip to think it would be a good idea to launch a huge invasion force to overthrow England. …

Episode 038: Portraits and Propaganda

December 29th, 2015


You know that image you have of Henry VIII? Yeah, that one. The one with his wide legs, looking right at you? That was a purposeful and deliberate …

Episode 037: Iron Industry in the Weald

December 14th, 2015


In the 16th century a booming iron industry in the forest of the Weald of Surry, Kent, and Sussex provided cannon for Henry VIII's growing navy, as …

Episode 036.5: MiniCast - Three Tudor Poets

December 5th, 2015


Next week I'll still be doing a full episode on the iron industry and economy of the Weald, but decided to try switching up the format a bit by …

Episode 036: Henry VIII and the Tudor Navy

November 27th, 2015


Henry VIII is remembered as the Founder of the Royal Navy - he built up the navy from only about 5 ships when he became King, to over 50 great warships when he died, also founding an official arm of his administration …

Episode 035: Fashion, Clothing & Sumptuary Laws

November 13th, 2015


Special thanks to Lindsay for the text suggesting this episode on fashion, clothing & sumptuary laws in Tudor and Elizabethan England. Show notes are at You can now call or …

Episode 034: Witches and Witchcraft

October 29th, 2015


In keeping with the Halloween ghouley scary theme, Brittany from History, Bitches and I teamed up again to create a second Halloween themed episode …

Episode 033: Renaissance Ghosts

October 27th, 2015


Henry VIII's wives are still busy roaming around their various homes. In this joint episode produced with Brittany at History, Bitches we explore some prominent ghosts that are still wandering around in England. To …

Episode 032: Bess of Hardwick

October 15th, 2015


An overview of the life of Bess of Hardwick, a phenomenal woman who made her own luck, played her cards brilliantly, and went from being born into a yeoman farmer's family to becoming the second wealthiest woman in …

Episode 031 - Trade and Exploration in Elizabethan England

September 30th, 2015


A look at the various forces at work to make the Elizabethan Age of Discovery possible.

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Episode 030: An Interview with Suzi Digby

September 12th, 2015


Suzi Digby (Lady Eatwell) OBE, is a renowned Choral Conductor and Music Educator. She has trailblazed the revival of singing in UK schools and the …

Episode 029: Mary Queen of Scots

September 6th, 2015


A look at the tragic life of Mary Queen of Scots, who posed a perpetual threat to Queen Elizabeth. For more information and show notes go to If you like the Renaissance English History …

Episode 028: Dr. David Skinner

August 18th, 2015


I recently had the opportunity to travel to Sidney Sussex College in Cambridge where I met Dr. David Skinner, the acclaimed musicologist and …

Episode 027: Sir Francis Walsingham

August 15th, 2015


Francis Walsingham is popularly known as Queen Elizabeth's Spymaster. Learn about the life of this man, and how he created a modern espionage network.

Episode 026: Catholics in Elizabethan England

July 6th, 2015


A look at the Catholic conundrum - loyalty to the Pope vs loyalty to the Queen. The ways Elizabeth fought back against a perceived Catholic threat to …

Episode 025 Music Part 2 and the Chapel Royal

May 20th, 2015


A history of sacred music from the Hundred Years' War, the rise of English polyphony, the Chapel Royal, and the changes that the Reformation brought.

Episode 024: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Medieval England

December 29th, 2014


A frank discussion about childbirth and pregnancy in medieval and renaissance England. PSA: if you are uncomfortable with frank talk about this kind of thing, or don't know about the birds and the bees yet, you …

Episode 023 Mary Tudor (Mary I)

November 25th, 2014


A history of Mary Tudor growing up, and a brief overview of her reign.

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Episode 022 The Northeast Passage

November 8th, 2014


The journey to the northeast passage

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Episode 021 - William Caxton - take 2

April 16th, 2014


William Caxton, the first English printer. This is a replacement for the other file, which wasn't normalized, so the audio was wonky. :)

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Episode 021 - William Caxton

April 11th, 2014


A podcast about William Caxton, the first English printer.

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Episode 021 - William Caxton

April 11th, 2014


William Caxton, the first English printer.

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Episode 020: Love and Betrothal (say that 10 times fast)

March 1st, 2014


16th century marriage customs with some advice from an early 17th century minister, just for fun.

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Episode 020: Love and Betrothal (say that 10 times fast)

March 1st, 2014


Marriage customs in the 16th century with a little advice from an early 17th century minister.

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Episode 019 - Hampton Court Palace

January 29th, 2014


A history of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's iconic palace in Richmond.

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Episode 019 - Hampton Court Palace

January 29th, 2014


A history of Hampton Court Palace, Henry VIII's iconic palace in Richmond.

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Episode 018 - Elizabeth Woodville

December 31st, 2013


A history of Elizabeth Woodville, the grandmother of Henry VIII (mother in law to Henry VII)

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Lady Margaret Beaufort

November 24th, 2013


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Episode 016: Lady Jane Gray

September 26th, 2011


The tragic life of Lady Jane Grey

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Episode 015: Art in Renaissance England

September 5th, 2011


A brief introduction to the painters who painted the portraits we still look at today.

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Episode 14: A Musical Interlude

August 14th, 2011


An overview of the music of the English Renaissance. See blog at for playlist.

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Episode 14: A Musical Interlude

August 14th, 2011


An overview of the music of the English Renaissance. See website at for playlist.

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Episode 14: A Musical Interlude

August 14th, 2011


An overview of the music of the English Renaissance. See blog at for playlist.

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Edward VI Part 1

December 6th, 2010


The reign of the young King Edward VI, Henry's son, up until his illness that would kill him.

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Episode 012 The final years of Henry VIII's reign

July 19th, 2010


An overview of the final years of Henry VIII's reign, and the religious politics and factions at court.

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Episode 011 - The Pilgrimage of Grace

June 7th, 2010


The Pilgrimage of Grace was an uprising in 1536 where people in Northern England fought back against the new religion being imposed on them, and …

Episode 010 - A Tale of Two Thomases Part 2

April 28th, 2010


Part two of the Tale of Two Thomases - two more Thomases - Cromwell and Cranmer - who were instrumental in Henry's reign.

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Episode 009 - A Tale of Two Thomases

March 7th, 2010


The first in a two part story of four Thomases who were very important to Henry VIII. This week: Wolsey and More.

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Episode 008 - Christmas celebrations in Tudor England

January 6th, 2010


No, I'm really not late on this Christmas podcast - seriously, listen and you'll find out that we're still in the 12 days of Christmas, and the biggest party is tonight!

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Henry VIII and Religion

December 21st, 2009


In addition to having a lot of wives, Henry VIII is also most famous for bringing the Protestant Reformation to England. But really, how reformed was he?

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Episode 006 - a brief history of Halloween

October 25th, 2009


It's time for goblins and pumpkins - but how did all this stuff get started?

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Episode 005 - The wives of Henry VIII

September 8th, 2009


Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived - so what's that all mean? Here's an overview of each of Henry VIII's wives, and his …

Episode 004 - Court Life with Henry VIII

August 24th, 2009


A very brief overview of life in the court of Henry VIII.

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Episode 003 - Henry VII

August 16th, 2009


A background on Henry VII, his rise to power, victory over Richard III at Bosworth Field, and founding of the Tudor dynasty.

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Episode 002 - Sports

August 9th, 2009


An overview of sports and exercise in the Renaissance, with a special emphasis on cricket.

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Episode One - Introduction

August 2nd, 2009


Introductory episode explaining the goals of the podcast series, a background on your intrepid podcaster, and some actual history.

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