The Tudor Chest - The Podcast

The Tudor Chest - The Podcast is a brand new podcast series from the popular Instagram and blog - The Tudor Chest. Episodes will feature historian and author, Adam Pennington, creator of the Tudor Chest Platform, as well as guest appearances by notable historians and fellow authors. Episodes will be released weekly, with a focus not solely on Tudor history, but also the Plantagenets and current royal family news.

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5 days ago

Perhaps the most significant and infamous period from Anne Boleyn’s life is of course her execution. When people think Anne Boleyn, they invariably go straight to the fact that she had her head cut off on her husbands orders. As such, it is natural that Anne’s execution is a staple part of any on screen depiction of the queen. Be it in film or television, Anne Boleyn's final moments on the scaffold have been portrayed many times, but do any of these depictions actually show the execution in an accurate light? Do any get it completely right, and which are way off the mark? As we are in May and just days after the anniversary of Anne’s execution, in this weeks episode of the Tudor Chest podcast, I will look at the many depictions of the most famous moment from Anne Boleyn's life, and ascertain whether any actually portray it as it happened on the faithful day, the 19th May 1536.

Thursday May 16, 2024

On the 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn stood before a crowd of 2,000 spectators at the Tower of London, on trial for her life. Accused of adultery with five men, including her own brother, and plotting the death of the king, the charges could hardly have been more grave. To discuss what happened on this remarkable day in history, I am pleased to welcome historian, author and all round Anne Boleyn expert, Claire Ridgway onto the show. She joins me today to unpick what must surely be the most explosive court case ever held at the Tower of London, a case which would end with the queen of England suffering the ultimate punishment.

Thursday May 09, 2024

Alex Walsh is the author behind the hit historical fiction book series, the Marquess House Saga. In Alex’s books, she has built what I consider to be the historians dream, with a compelling and fascinating story in which a pair of sisters find their lives overturned and directly tied to significant periods of history. Consisting of dual timelines, Alex’s series has reimagined the stories of some of histories most infamous women, telling alternative tales of the lives of Catherine Howard, Elizabeth I, Arbella Stuart and Jane Seymour, all of which, whilst fictitious, are plausible and so rich in detail that you can’t help but think, I wish this was all true! She joins me today for a fascinating discussion about her work, her inspiration, how she came up with the series and much much more!

Tudor Fashion with Eleri Lynn

Thursday May 02, 2024

Thursday May 02, 2024

When we think of the Tudors, one of the first things that springs to mind is the fashion! From Henry VIII’s codpieces to Anne Boleyn's French hoods and Elizabeth i’s voluminous gowns, Tudor fashion is a huge part of the wider Tudor story and was incredibly important to the Tudors themselves, so much so that king henry viii famously introduced laws which mandated who could wear what and where! To discuss all things Tudor fashion with me today, I am thrilled to welcome Eleri Lynn onto the podcast. Eleri is a fashion historian and expert in Tudor attire. She was responsible for the discovery of the bacton alter cloth, a piece of fabric which may very well have once formed part of a dress that queen Elizabeth I wore. Eleri is a genuine expert in Tudor dress, and is here to bust some myths about the French hood, to unpick all of the different aspects that went into Henry VIII’s iconic outfits, plus much more!

Wednesday Apr 24, 2024

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

David Smith is King Henry VIII reborn! He is now a full time impersonator of a young King Henry VIII. With a perfect replica of one of King Henry VIII’s most iconic outfits from hat to codpiece, David certainly looks the part, but goes a level deeper and looks to recreate how the king himself would have behaved. David is committed to educating people on the young king henry, before the bloated tyrant of memory, a young king famed for his affable nature and good looks, David, as Sir Loyal Heart, seeks to bring this part of Henry’s story back to life, and remind us all that at one time, Henry VIII was every bit the king the 16th century looked for.

Thursday Apr 11, 2024

One of the most powerful and influential women at the court of Henry VIII is someone you’ve probably never heard of, or perhaps only heard of fleetingly - Gertrude Courtenay, Marchioness of Exeter. As the wife of Henry VIII’s cousin, Henry Courtenay, Gertrude was a central figure at King Henry’s court, and would find herself on the wrong side of the law a couple of times, but most prominently when she became embroiled in a period known as the Exeter conspiracy, which would eventually lead to her husband's execution and her and her sons imprisonment. To discuss this fascinating figure with me today, I am pleased to welcome historian and author Sylvia Barbara Soberton onto the podcast. Sylvia Barbara’s book “The forgotten Tudor women - Gertrude Courtenay, wife and mother of the last Plantagenets” is the basis for our discussion today.

Thursday Apr 04, 2024

Elizabeth Woodville and her second husband, King Edward IV were incredibly fortunate when it came to the production of healthy heirs. Elizabeth would give her husband a total of ten children - three boys and seven girls, with the most well known being Elizabeth of York, the wife of King Henry VII and mother to king Henry VIII. However, three of these seven daughters, Cecily, Anne and Catherine would lead lives just as fascinating and dramatic as their eldest sister, and would eventually discover life under the rule of the Tudor’s had its challenges, so who were these forgotten York princesses? What were their lives like and why are they all but forgotten by history?

The Missing Tudor Palaces

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Thursday Mar 28, 2024

Thursday Mar 21, 2024

Sarah Morris is a historian, author and also my colleague as co-director of our historic tour company, Simply Tudor Tours. She joins me today for a fascinating discussion based around the book she wrote alongside Natalie Grueninger, In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn. This book charts the many locations both in England but across Europe which are closely associated with Anne Boleyn, and thanks to Sarah’s encyclopaedic knowledge of what happened and where, she is able to recreate and reimagine spaces that no longer exist or look very different and place us in the 16th century. Whether it’s the room at Windsor Castle in which Anne Boleyn was made Marquess of Pembroke to the sadly lost parts of the Tower of London that Anne Boleyn knew well, Sarah knows it all, and can help us all imagine what is now lost.


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