Links

Links to some of my favorite websites devoted to Jane Grey Dudley, to Tudor History, to history more generally, and to several history-related organizations, presented in no particular order.

Lady Jane Grey Reference Guide

Contains a nicely sub-divided listing of various references, both reliable and unreliable, related to Jane Grey and those around her. Also contains a good ‘blog’ that tracks news eminating from the UK that is not often picked up by the US press.

Tudor History.org

This site is devoted to the broader sweep of Tudor history and culture and contains a plethora of categories and sub-categories. An excellent place for the novice to begin learning about the Tudor period. There is also a Question and Answer ‘blog’ for submitting all kinds of inquiries on Tudor history (and where I am an active participant as “PhD Historian”).

The Fashion and Culture of the Elizabethan Lifestyle

A very helpful blog that itself contains additional links to excellent articles on a wide variety of subjects related to the culture and everyday life of the Late Tudor (or Elizabethan) Period.

Tudor Society.com

Though accessible largely only by subscription, the site includes news updates and alerts, quizzes, discussion forums, a chatroom, and other features, including the Tudor Life online magazine. Operated by a group of talented and devoted amateur enthusiasts.

Leanda de Lisle’s Blog

The website and ‘blog’ of Tudor historian Leanda de Lisle, author of After Elizabeth: How James King of Scots won the Crown of England in 1603 (Harper Collins, 2004), The Sisters Who Would Be Queen: Mary, Katherine, and Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Tragedy (Random House, 2009), and Tudor: The Family Story (Chatto and Windus, 2013). De Lisle’s most recent book is The White King: Charles I, Traitor, Murderer, Martyr (Chato and Windus, 2017).

Lady Jane Grey Revisited: Iconography of Lady Jane Grey

A “blog” or discussion page produced by Lee Porritt and that details his own ongoing research on portraiture of Jane Grey. Lee’s research is very thorough, and he has done an outstanding job of tracking down a number of portraits that I was not able to find. Lady Jane Grey Revisited provides a superb supplement to A Queen of a New Invention.

Tudor Times

A repository of everything about the period from 1485–1625, primarily in Britain, but also looking at European influences. Tudor Times intends to cover all aspects of life in the Tudor period.

Tudor Genealogies at TudorPlace.com.ar

An excellent starting point for discovering who is related to whom and how. The site creator lives in Argentina and has proven to be reasonably thorough and usually (but not always!) accurate in his assemblage of genealogies for a massive number of Tudor-era personages.

Hans Eworth.com

Created in December 2009 by Hope Walker, an art historian working on a catalogue raisonné (comprehensive and detailed list of works) for Hans Eworth, a Netherlandish artist who worked in England in the middle of the sixteenth century. The site is very informative, since no art history scholar has yet produced a catalogue for Eworth, one of the more important portraitists working in England in the mid-Tudor period.

John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments, or Book of Martyrs

Part of the University of Sheffield’s ongoing research efforts on the famous text, this site makes Actes and Monuments available in its entirety in transcription. Under ‘Critical Apparatus’ can be found the means for side-by-side comparison between the various sixteenth-century editions, searching by a variety of categories including personal names, places, dates, periods, and officeholders, as well as editorial commentary.

Polydore Vergil’s Anglica Historia of 1555

This site (The Philological Museum) is maintained by the University of Birmingham (UK) and the Shakespeare Institute and contains an invaluable and extensive selection of sixteenth-century books that have been transcribed and, when necessary, translated into English. The most significant of these for persons interested in Tudor history is Polydore Vergil’s English History.

Henry Machyn’s Diary

Also known as A London Provisioner’s Chronicle, it contains notations on public events in London between 1550 and 1563. The Diary is a very nearly unique eye-witness source on the daily events of the period. And though Machyn was himself a clothier, he had a particular fascination with funerals, very detailed descriptions of which figure prominently in his chronicle.

English Monarchs

A comprehensive listing of all of the monarchs of England, Great Britain, and the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, with biographical descriptions, plus information on royalty-related topics such as the Tower of London, the Crown Jewels, and the various Royal Residences.

National Portrait Gallery, London

The NPG tells the story of Britain through portraits, using art to bring history to life and explore living today. It holds the world’s greatest collection of portraits spanning six centuries. Admission is free.

Understanding British Portraits: Professional Network

Sponsoring in part by the National Portrait Gallery, Understanding British Portraits is an active network with free membership for professionals working with British portraits including curators, museum learning professionals, researchers, academics and conservators. It aims to enhance the knowledge and understanding of portraits in all media in UK collections, for the benefit of future research, exhibitions, interpretation, display and learning programmes. (I am listed on this network as an expert in portraiture of Jane Grey Dudley specifically and of women of the Tudor period in general as well as in costume depicted in portraits of women.)

British History Online

An utterly invaluable access point for resources on British History. Fully searchable. Full access does require a subscription, though many Tudor-era sources are still free.

The Royal Historical Society

Founded in 1868, the Royal Historical Society (RHS) is a successful learned society, membership organisation and charity with a 150 year history. Today, the RHS is the UK’s foremost society working for historians and history. Over 6,000 historians belong and contribute to the Society — as fellows and members active in the UK and worldwide.

The Society of Antiquaries of London

Based in the heart of London, the Society of Antiquaries is the centre of antiquarian learning, discovery and community. As a royal learned society, the Fellows have been inspiring scholarship, debate and research for over 300 years. More recently, the Society has welcomed enthusiasts such as Affiliates and the general public to share in our journey to understand the past and its relevance today.

Bradgate Park, Leicestershire, UK

Bradgate Park was the Leicestershire family seat of the Grey Marquesses of Dorset and the childhood home of Jane Grey Dudley. Recent archaeological investigations have revealed that it was built beginning in 1540, voiding the claim that Jane was born there. The house itself was one of the largest non-royal residences in Tudor England, but it is now a ruin. The enormous surrounding park is a very popular recreation area and houses a large herd of deer.

National History Day

National History Day is not directly connected to Lady Jane Grey nor to Tudor /British history, but it is a program about which I have unbridled enthusiasm. It involves middle and high school students at every level, from the local school to the state and national contests, in researching a chosen topic in history. The students then present their results in a format similar to the science fairs of some years ago. Entries are judged by panels of volunteer judges, and winners are eligible to advance to the next level. Each year a new theme is assigned for all competitors. I have served as a judge at every level, from single local schools to state finals, and I am amazed anew each year at the quality of the work produced by the students. I have also assisted students, via the Internet, in researching Lady Jane Grey as a research topic specifically for History Day. This is a program that is well worth ‘checking out.’

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