Bad quarto of Hamlet, 1603, also known as the first quarto of Hamlet

The earliest surviving print version of Hamlet is on display on the British Library website, Click here to find out what a “bad” quarto is.

Posted in Plays, William Shakespeare

The Funeral Procession of Elizabeth I

Walter Raleigh, –gentleman, adventurer, explorer, spy, poet, soldier, politician,– was executed 400 years ago today.  The link below is to the funeral procession of Elizabeth I, in 1603.  Raleigh is in this procession, acting as Captain of the Guard.

The funeral procession of Queen Elizabeth I to Westminster Abbey, 28th April 1603.


Posted in Elizabeth I, Walter Raleigh

Special issue of Open Access Journal Humanities about Pirates in Literature

Aargh, avast ye!  The Open Access journal Humanities is seeking submissions for a special issue about Pirates in Literature.  If this is of interest, please follow this link to the Humanities website and a description of manuscript submission.

Posted in Early modern seafaring, Naval History, Pirates

‘Tarontos Lac’: Geographer finds oldest known reference to Toronto on 340-year-old French map

A geographer has found what could be the earliest reference to Toronto on a map dated from 1678.

Toronto map

In small lettering in one corner of the map was the name “Lac Tarontos,” written on what is now Lake Simcoe. The term originates from the Mohawk word “Tkaronto,” which means, “where there are trees standing in the water.”  Click here for the entire article

Posted in Colonial America, Maps

Minding the Gaps of Early Modern Drama

Was the Interregnum a “dramatic dead zone”?  Heidi Craig explores Drama in the years between the Civil War and the Restoration (1642-1660).  Go here for more (and have a look at the Lost Plays Database while you’re there).

Posted in Interregnum, Plays

Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, at the Royal Museums, Greenwich

“Adventure, Power Wealth.”  Piggott Family Gallery, Tudor and Stuart Seafarers, at the Royal Museums, Greenwich.  If you like model ships, you will like this exhibit.

Posted in Early modern seafaring, Naval History

Henry VII’s birthplace may have been found

“Archaeologists believe they have identified the exact site of Henry VII’s birth in 1457 Henry VIIafter excavations in the grounds of Pembroke Castle in Wales uncovered the remains of a massive medieval mansion worthy of one of the most famous kings of England.”  Click here to continue reading from the Guardian

Posted in Henry VII, The Tudors

Restored early 17th C. Mille monument

A recent conservation effort from St. Boniface Church in Nursling, Hampshire.   The monument is to Richard Mill(e) (d. 1613) and his wife Maria (d. 1622).   The resulting restoration of the reclining Mills is quite impressive.  To see the steps taken by  Jonathan Kemp, the conservator, to restore the monument to its former glory, click here. 

Capture Richard Mill’s political career is briefly summarized here.

Posted in Early Modern Art, Monuments, Richard and Maria Mille

Tudor Summit, September 2-3

Tudors_iStock_000008220630XSmall_0The Tudor Summit

A two day online event bringing together Tudor history enthusiasts from all over the world to connect with each other and listen to interviews and lectures from some of the leading Tudor History historians, bloggers, and podcasters.

With lecture topics ranging from Tudor women, scandals, medicine, and see here for more

Posted in Early Modern Conferences, The Tudors

St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

The Massacre of Protestant Huguenots occurred on August 24, 1572.  One “history sheet” from a Cologne printer gives this portrayal of the event 

Posted in Religion, St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre