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

Sir Walter Raleigh’s 400th Anniversary


“2018 marks 400 years since the death by execution of one of the most remarkable men of Shakespeare’s period, Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh is popularly known for bringing back the first potatoes from Virginia, for popularising tobacco, and for placing his cloak over a puddle about to be trodden in by Queen Elizabeth. However there was much more to him. He was a soldier, explorer, courtier, royal favourite, poet and writer of distinction.”

Click here for the article

Posted in Walter Raleigh

Archaeologists may have unearthed the nearly 400-year-old skeleton of America’s second governor

Archaeologists think they may have found the grave of Sir George Yeardley, second governor of the Jamestown colony, Virginia.  Click here to read more

Posted in Colonial America, Jamestown, Virginia

The Newlander’s Cure: A Review

Steven Nolan’s reviews William Vaughan’s book “The Newlander’s Cure”.  The introduction to William Vaughan’s Newlanders Cure gives the reader a significant
clue as to what is to follow. The line, “I am married both to the Muses and Newfoundland,” tells us this book is no ordinary one but a work written by someone who felt immensely passionate about his subject. See here for more…

Posted in Early medicine, Early Newfoundland, Travel

Edward Wynne’s “The Brittish India or A Compendious Discourse tending to Advancement” (circa 1630-1631)

By Barry Gaulton.   IN 1620, SIR GEORGE CALVERT (later, the first Lord Baltimore) purchased a tract of land on Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula. This newly acquired property, on which he hoped to establish a permanent English settlement, was formerly owned by Sir William Vaughan. It spanned from Aquafort in the south to Caplin Bay (present-day Calvert) in the north. Ferryland was the site chosen and the first 11 settlers…Click here for the rest of the article

Posted in Early Newfoundland, Edward Wynne, Ferryland