Category Archives: Early-modern images

Images from the British Library’s online images from the early modern period

Full fathom five thy father lies: the sea-nymphs of the medieval world

Regular readers of my blog will know that beautiful medieval illuminated manuscripts have long held a particular fascination with me. Created in the medieval period – with some manuscripts now 700/800 years old – the medieval world seemed to have … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Good Friday 2014

Today’s post is an image of The Crucifixion taken from the mortuary roll of Lucy de Vere. In the twelfth century, she founded the Benedictine nunnery of Castle Hedingham, North Essex and and was its first prioress. According to the … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Local History, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Bosworth Field: 22 August 1485

If you watched the recent BBC drama, The White Queen, and its bloody climax – the Battle of Bosworth Field – you would be forgiven for thinking that the battle took place during late autumn or even during early winter. … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Henry VII, Medieval Manuscripts, Richard III, School Trip Friday, Then and Now | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy St Swithun’s Day

I have a typical English-person’s obsession with the weather.  After a cold, wet and dismal start to the summer in June, I am so pleased that since early July, we are now in the full glory of a hot sunny … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Beware the Ides of March

It’s not often I start a blog with warning from a Shakespearean soothsayer, but today I shall because today is the Ides of March – the 15th day of March. The day on which, in 44BC, Julius Caesar was assassinated … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Reformation wills and religious bequests

Today’s post is about the contents of Tudor wills and how they can be used to inform the modern-day reader about religion during the turbulent reigns of Henry VIII and his three children.  The text below formed one of the … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Research techniques, Tudor Local History | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Richard III lyth buryed at Leicester

Richard ye was sonne to Richard Duwke of yorke & brother un to kyng Edward ye iiijth Was kyng after hys brother & raynyd ij yeres & lyth buryed at leator [Leicester] So the council car park in Leicester has … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Henry VII, Medieval Manuscripts, Richard III | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 13 Comments

28 January: A remarkable date in Tudor history

History is full of coincidences and ironies.  The date of 28th January is one such coincidence – 28 January 1457 and 28 January 1547 – two dates 90 years apart.  The former the date of birth of the first Tudor … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Henry VII, Henry VIII, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Images of Medieval and early Tudor trades – part 2

Last year, I posted my first article on Medieval and early Tudor trade: a series of posts which uses images to illustrate the trades that were predominant and powerful in medieval England.  Today’s post continues that theme – although some of the … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Saint Nicholas Eve

Tonight (5th December) and tomorrow (6th December) are times of much celebration for the excited children (and parents!) of many countries within continental Europe. For Saint Nicholas is due to make his arrival and give presents to the children of … Continue reading

Posted in Early-modern images, Medieval Manuscripts | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments