Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fascinating Book: "The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards" by Philippa Jones

I (Tom)  finished reading the book "The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards," by Philippa Jones. 
  By piecing together the historical record through transcripts and letters, land grants, bestowed titles and other gifts, the author documents what happened to the illegitimate children of Henry VIII. It reads a bit like a text book and assumes that the reader is well versed in English history (which I am not), but it's still a very good read. 
   Of particular interest is how well the 3 royals got on with their 5 half siblings even to the point of paying their debts, attending their weddings, standing in as godparents to their children, bailing them out of trouble, and turning a blind eye when their religious pursuits strayed from the official religion.
   If you enjoy Tudor history, this is a fascinating book that covers something not found in other history books. 
  (NOTE: I call Tom a "quiet historian" on the Tudor period. He has read so much about the period and the people that he can cite anything from memory. We also got to investigate many of the Tudor castles and places in England and Scotland, so he's also got the "on-site" knowledge. If you have questions about Medieval England's Tudor period, he's the guy who can answer them- Rob)

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next