Monthly Archives: May 2015

Une nouvelle biographie sur Marie de Guise annoncée pour 2016

Must look out for this.

Marie de Guise-Lorraine 1515-2025

En décembre 2014, l’écrivain écossais Melanie Clegg annonçait sur son blog madameguillotine la préparation d’une nouvelle biographie sur Marie de Guise. Clegg travaille cette année sur ce livre commandé par l’éditeur anglais Pen and Sword Books dont la sortie est prévue courant 2016.

Mary of Guise, le premier livre biographique consacré à la fille aînée de la maison de Guise, fut publié par Rosalind K. Marshall chez William Collins en 1977, ressorti dans une édition abrégée et révisée en 2001. Un an plus tard, Pamela Ritchie publiait Mary of Guise in Scotland 1548-1560. A political career, un ouvrage universitaire consacré à la vie écossaise de Marie de Guise, entre le départ de sa fille Marie Stuart en France et la mort de la régente à Édimbourg en juin 1560. Une fiction historique sur Marie de Guise et sa fille Marie Stuart, écrit par l’auteur écossais Nigel Tranter

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The Court of King Edward VI

Fascinating details on Edward VI. John Knox was chaplain at the English royal court from 1561-1563.

The Freelance History Writer


I’ve been reading up on King Edward VI, the only  legitimate son and immediate successor of King Henry VIII of England. His mother Queen Jane Seymour died within days of his birth and he was brought up within his own household, mostly by women until he was about six years old. He was then turned over to tutors and scholars to be given one of the finest classical, humanist educations of his era.

King Henry VIII died when Edward was nine. Because of Edward’s youth at the time of his accession, his government was controlled by regents, the first of which was his maternal uncle, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset who was named Lord Protector. After the downfall of Somerset, John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and later Duke of Northumberland, became regent. Although Edward was not in control of his own government, his court was a remarkable panoply of splendor…

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Cambuskenneth Abbey

The Hazel Tree

Cambuskenneth Abbey (2)It is a popular rhyme of the district that “a loop of the Forth is worth an Earldom in the north”.

R W Billings, 1908

If you were a monk living in Cambuskenneth Abbey in late medieval times, you probably never knew a minute’s peace.   Nestling in a loop of the River Forth within sight of Stirling Castle, it enjoyed the patronage of Scotland’s kings but this very fact also made it a prime target for an invading army.

The battles of Stirling Bridge, Bannockburn and Sauchieburn all took place within shouting distance of Cambuskenneth Abbey.  After Bannockburn in 1314, Robert the Bruce held a parliament here;  and after James III was killed at Sauchieburn in 1488 his body was brought to the Abbey for burial.  In 1383 the building was sacked by the army of Richard III of England, and had to be re-built.  The only possible consolation…

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Philippa of Guelders, Mary of Guise’s prickly grandmother

Marie de Guise-Lorraine 1515-2025

 Philippe de Gueldre. Peinture sur bois - Début XVIe siècle. Musée Lorrain. Philippa of Guelders. Oil on panel, early 16th century Musée Lorrain, Nancy

Until recently, very like her granddaughter Mary of Guise, Philippa of Guelders never received much attention from the academic world. It is the second half of her life, since 1520 spent in a convent at Pont-au-Mousson in the Lorraine region, which inspired mostly ecclesiastic writers. The first was father Hilarion de Coste (1595-1661), a French religieux of the Order of the Minimes de Saint François de Paule, who dedicated his work to the religious education of women. His descriptions of the lives of worthy and highborn women were published in 1630 and further enlarged in 1647. The text section concerning Philippa of Guelders is reproduced on the website of French Société Internationale pour l’Etude des Femmes de l’Ancien Régime or SIEFAR, the Dictionary of Women in Medieval, Early Modern and Modern France. Also in France,

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