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Henry VIII revelations and Anne Boleyn quizzes: the best bits of Tudor Week

Henry VIII was a bit of a prude, and Elizabeth I owned more than 2,000 dresses. These are some of the curious facts revealed by historians during last week’s Tudor Week at History Extra HQ

Published: August 30, 2014 at 5:00 am
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Launched to mark the release of our September issue, which includes a feature on the ups and downs of Henry VIII's explosive relationship with his chief adviser, Thomas Cromwell, Tudor Week celebrated all things Tudor.


Historians such as Tracy Borman and Lauren Mackay revealed little-known facts about the Tudors, and we shared some of the most popular Tudor articles to feature in the magazine and on our website.

In case you missed it, here we’ve rounded up the highlights of Tudor Week:

5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the Tudors

The Tudor dynasty is one of the best known in history, popularised by the likes of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Edward VI. But do we really know all there is about this turbulent period? Here, historian Tracy Borman reveals five things you (probably) didn’t know about the Tudors.

To read the article, click here.

Quiz - the six wives of Henry VIII

Tudor king Henry VIII is famous for having married six women, two of whom he later beheaded at the Tower of London. But how much do you know about his wives – Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Katherine Parr? Test your knowledge with this quiz, written by historian Lauren Mackay.

To read the article, click here.

5 things you (probably) didn’t know about Henry VIII

He is often remembered as a bully who executed his opponents, oversaw the destruction of religious buildings and works of art, and killed off two of his six wives. But is this image wholly accurate? Here, historian Tracy Borman reveals 5 things you (probably) didn’t know about the former king.

To find out more, click here.

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn: Suzannah Lipscomb dispels myths about the lovers who changed history

They are two of history’s most captivating figures, their romance-turned-tragedy known the world over. But what was the true nature of the relationship between Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and how did Anne come to lose her head?

To read the article, click here.

Top 10 Tudor stories

It’s one of the most fascinating periods in British history, popularised by Shakespeare, Henry VIII, the Armada and the Reformation. It’s also an era full of stories – here, we round up some of our favourites.

To read the article, click here.

Toys and games that killed in Tudor England

Steven Gunn and Tomasz Gromelski are studying 9,000 coroner’s inquest reports from the 16th century. Here they reveal what perils faced Tudor children at play.

To read the article, click here.

Top 10 Tudor podcasts

From courtiers to accidental death, we’ve rounded up 10 of our best Tudor history podcasts.

To read the article, click here.

Revealed: the secrets of the ‪‎Tudor‬ cross-dressers

A new study explores female cross-dressing in 16th-century London – and suggests that sexual pleasure was a key part of its appeal.

To read the article, click here.


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