History

The Queen and the Ambassador

Easter, 1536. With the death of Katherine of Aragon in January, it would seem that Anne Boleyn is at last undisputed Queen. Yet her position has never been more precarious. Henry has already developed a keen ro...

A Tudor Fish Day Menu

Austerity was not necessarily on the menu when it came to royal dining during Lent, even if meat was off limits. 'Fish days' were observed throughout the year on Fridays and Saturdays, and Wednesdays in some qu...

Fuckin Abbot

The first recorded use of the word in English occurs in a 1528 manuscript copy of Cicero's epic work of moral philosophy, De Officiis. In the margin an anonymous monk has written, "fuckin Abbot". It is not imme...

Lucky Black Cats of War

This silk postcard embroidered in France during the first World War features various symbols that traditionally bring good fortune. The holly, mistletoe, shamrock and the horseshoe all flank the central fig...