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Music, culture, the arts, maritime exploration - Renaissance England was an exciting place to be. So much happening! Breaks with Rome. Wars with France. And Scotland. And Spain! Twice a month, we'll look at some aspect of Renaissance England that will give you a deeper understanding into life in the 16th century.






Supplementary - Melita Thomas at the Tudor Summit

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, you can always go to to get all the videos at once, as well as accompanying audio.

Duration: 00:41:08

Episode 085: Tudor Times on Mary Queen of Scots

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 more at, and if you like this show the best thing you can do is leave a review on iTunes. It makes a huge difference. Second best is you can become a Patron on Patreon for as little as $1/show.

Duration: 00:38:03

Supplementary: Tony Riches at the Tudor Summit

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 this is for you, too. Tony Riches is the bestselling author of The Tudor Trilogy, about the early Tudors, and he talked with us about Owen and Jasper particularly. Remember, if you like the Renaissance English History Podcast, leave a review on iTunes. It really makes a...

Duration: 00:49:59

Episode 084: Elizabethan Astronomy

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 help the show succeed? The best thing you can do is leave a recommendation on iTunes. Next best is to tell a friend to listen. Third best is to support through Patreon for as little as $1 episode. is the address for that. Thank you!

Duration: 00:29:09

Episode 083: Tudor Times on Mary Sidney

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 fact that she took a lover as a widow. Go her. Learn more, and get the links to all the resources at Support the show through leaving a review on iTunes, or become my Patron on Patreon to score a 2018 Tudor Planner as a Thank You Gift....

Duration: 00:32:33

Episode 082: Tudor Choniclers

So much of Tudor history is the convergence of new technologies and ideas that radically changed society as they were implemented. One example of that is the way the Tudors wrote their history. Not just the fact that more and more people were writing chronicles than ever before, but the way in which they were written. In this episode I look at a few famous chroniclers, and give the background to the way the chronicles were written. If you like this show, please remember to leave a rating...

Duration: 00:23:41

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

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 an inexperienced executioner, thanks to Henry VIII. In between her life had ups and downs, and is one of the more eventful stories of Tudor England. Learn more at If you like this show, please remember you can help us out by leaving a review on iTunes, and telling your friends to listen! Thanks!

Duration: 00:28:51

Episode 080 The Great Tudor Bake Along

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 do please check out the show notes at to get all the full histories and details. And the jumbles were actually pretty good! Remember, if you like this show, please leave a rating on iTunes. It's the number one way you can help spread the word and keep it successful. Thanks so much!

Duration: 00:26:16

Episode 079: An Interview with Roland Hui

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 painting of Anne Boleyn, and his book, as well as debunking a myth about Anne of Cleves. To get show notes and learn more go to And remember to give this podcast a rating in iTunes if you like it - it's the number one way you can help grow the show!

Duration: 00:42:13

Episode 078: Tudor Times on John Knox

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 this podcast, please leave a rating in iTunes. It's one of the best ways you can help the podcast grow.

Duration: 00:32:18

Episode 077: Crime and Punishment

Episode 077 of the Renaissance English History Podcast is about Tudor Crime and Punishment. What was considered a crime? What would your punishment be if you were convicted of a crime? Learn more, and get the transcript at, and please remember to leave an iTunes review as well if you like the show. It really makes a difference! Get in touch on twitter @teysko, or text the listener feedback line at 801 683 9756 or 801 6TEYSKO or through the facebook page at...

Duration: 00:17:51

Episode 076: Alison Weir on Anne Boleyn

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, this is historical fiction firmly rooted in research. She talks about such questions on Anne as, "was she really a feminist icon?" and "did she want the throne from the start?" and "was she really a threat to Katherine?" To learn more, get the full list of resources, and read the transcript, go to

Duration: 00:22:44

Episode 075: Elizabeth and France

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 the easiest! It's to leave a rating on iTunes. You can also become a patron for as little as $1/episode. Learn more, and join the mailing list at And thank!

Duration: 00:12:59

Episode 074: Edward, Mary, and France

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 lots more information. Thanks!

Duration: 00:16:28

Episode 073: Tudor Times on Elizabeth of York

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 like this show, please leave us a rating on iTunes. It makes a huge difference for podcasts! Thank you!!

Duration: 00:34:03

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

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 amazing pageantry. Glenn Richardson is a professor of Early Modern History at St Mary's University Twickenham London, and wrote a great study of the Field in 2013. I interview him about the logistics with setting up the event, the tournament, and why we should study it. For more information on Professor Richardson, go to...

Duration: 00:40:33

Episode 071: Henry VIII and France

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 hero Henry V, and recapture all the lands won during the Hundred Years War. To learn more about the Renaissance English History Podcast go to or And please remember to leave a rating or review on iTunes - it makes a big difference to us!

Duration: 00:20:24

Episode 070: Tudor Times on John Dudley

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 there's more to him than being a Tudor Villain! Make sure you go to if you want to grab all the links and info about him. Also, remember that if you like this show, the easiest thing you can do to help support it is to leave a rating or write a review on iTunes....

Duration: 00:22:32

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

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 subpar - it was a bad Skype day - but the content is great! To learn more about James go to to get all the links. Also, if you like this show, please leave us a review on iTunes. It's one of the biggest things you can do to help a podcast. Thanks!

Duration: 00:44:13

Episode 068: Black Tudors

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 since Roman times, and records show them in England throughout the middle ages. During the Age of Exploration, though, the population in London and England grew, so much so that Elizabeth I thought she might have to do something about it. She was unsuccessful, though....

Duration: 00:22:39

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