Throughout history the rich, especially royalty have used the medium of stained glass to promote their image. The relationship between monarch and stained glass is explored in depth in The King’s Glass: A Story of Tudor Power and Secret Art (2007) by Carola Hicks if you are interested in such things. It’s a genuinely interesting read about the secret messages woven into public stained glass to spread particular images of the monarch, propaganda almost. I, of course, am interested in the queens who rarely feature as much as their husbands in the public image. So I have collated this gallery of lovers for your viewing pleasure… Continue reading
I have been quite busy recently, working on my real life job which has kept me away from blogging and such the like. Yet when I checked my emails this morning I found eighteen individual messages asking me to write something on the history around The White Queen. And so…ta dah! This will probably be the first in a (short) series of articles on the history around the main characters in the recent television series The White Queen. This first article is about the history of White Queen herself; Elizabeth Woodville.
BBC’s new historical drama,’The White Queen began on Sunday, with an impressive 5.3 million viewers tuning in to watch the whirlwind romance between Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville.
A great deal of modern historical fiction deals with Henry VIII and his choice of wives, but it is the commoners turned queen that command the most attention; Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr. It is not surprising then, to consider that the Plantagenets are to be the next historical family to grace our screens, after all, while to us the idea of a king marrying a commoner is now happily familiar, Edward IV did it first.