The Pomegranate and the Rose: Henry VIII and Katharine of Aragon

By jackie keily on 29 Jan 2015


In a case in the Medieval London gallery at the Museum of London lies a small pewter badge depicting a Tudor rose combined with a pomegranate. These were the heraldic devices of Henry VIII and his first queen, Katherine of Aragon. Katherine made only a fleeting appearance in the first episode of Wolf Hall on the BBC, but it was enough to remind us of the fairly tragic life that she led. Read the full postRead the full post

Gunpowder Treason and Plot

By georgina young on 2 Nov 2013

Quick's entire new speech for the 5th of November, broadside ballad 1830-1853Children with their Guy, Henry Grant c.1955

As the nights draw in and the temperature drops Londoners prepare once more to celebrate November the Fifth. Bonfire Night is a fragment of history rehearsed annually ever since a day of national celebration was decreed in the aftermath of Guy Fawkes’ failed attempt to blow up both King James 1 and Parliament in 1605. The festivities were originally encouraged by the authorities, but there have long been currents of mischief and danger in the celebrations. Read the full postRead the full post