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When Art and History Combine Perfectly

Rebecca Price | Posted 05.16.2014 | Arts
Rebecca Price

A photograph of a wax figure sculpted from a painting. That's the idea behind Hiroshi Sugimoto's Portraits, a series of nine-minute-long exposures of wax figures that were modeled from painted portraits.

Rethink Gift-Giving, Queen Elizabeth Style

Gerit Quealy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Arts
Gerit Quealy

Back in the 16th century -- before Christmas became the Santa-fueled spending-spree we all know and love (sort of) courtesy of that other long-reigning queen, Victoria -- the gift-giving extravaganza came at New Year.

Searching for the Ultimate Luxury Experience -- in Tudor, England

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 03.10.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Group tours (I hear you groan, but read on) have been a large part of my travel history. I have accompanied many during my years with the Smithsonian....

Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You've Heard About Anne Boleyn

Susan Bordo | Posted 03.04.2014 | Books
Susan Bordo

Where did Anne the skanky schemer come from? In essence, she is the creation of a many-centuries-long telephone game that turned politically motivated lies into inflammatory gossip and alchemized that gossip into "history."

Learning About Strategy From King Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

I recently read a great book about the legendary English King Henry VIII, and I was impressed at how skilled a leader he was. Henry really knew how to...

THE KING'S DECEPTION Is the Perfect Blend of History and Adventure

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.22.2013 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Book Review Jackie K Cooper ...

'English Pompeii' Opens To Public In Portsmouth

AP | SYLVIA HUI | Posted 07.30.2013 | World

LONDON — The remains of a Tudor warship that sank more than 400 years ago will be displayed along with thousands of its artifacts for the first ...

Henry VIII And 'Tudor Tourism'

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 12.26.2012 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Henry VIII has always fascinated the American public and never more so than following the Showtime miniseries, The Tudors, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. While it was airing, I attended a book signing with noted author and historian, Alison Weir, introduced myself and asked if she would consider joining a Smithsonian tour if we created one around Tudor history. To my great surprise, she was not only interested, but helped plan the entire tour and used her connections to offer very exclusive access at every famous site.

Crowned Mantel and Her Cromwell

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 12.17.2012 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

I just finished Bring up the Bodies -- and, lo and behold, look who won the Man Booker Prize again?

Bring Up the Bodies: A Review and Interview With Booker Prize-winning Author Hilary Mantel

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 07.09.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

In Bring Up the Bodies, the sequel to the Booker Prize-winning Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantel weaves a richly textured world that is at once deeply foreign and entirely relevant.

Poems By History's Most Powerful

John Lundberg | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
John Lundberg

In his youth, Stalin was an avid reader of Goethe, Shakespeare and even Walt Whitman -- he fancied himself something of a poet.

PHOTOS: Art's Best Bling

Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts

Notorious B.I.G. once said "Mo money, mo problems," and no one knows this quite like the Medici family. The ruling patrons of 14th century Florenc...

New Tudor Hero, John Dee: Scientist, Conjurer, Sleuth

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 08.27.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

The Bones of Avalon chills, thrills and satisfies, providing good history, great plot, and fascinating characters. Pull up a chair, turn off the phone, and settle in for a most delectable read.

First Nighter: Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor About to Make Movie Screens Merry

David Finkle | Posted 08.27.2011 | Arts
David Finkle

Falstaff is going global. Or you might say, Falstaff is going Globe-al. What's meant by that? Well, Shakespeare's Globe London Cinema Series begins tonight with 6:30 p. m. screenings in theaters across the country.

Sex, Scandal And Debauchery Among Historic British Royals (PHOTOS)

Michael Farquhar | Posted 06.20.2011 | Books
Michael Farquhar

The excitement has been building around the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate. Perhaps some hint of what's to come can be gleaned from the marriages of some of William's ancestors.

Couple Discover Henry VIII Mural While Renovating Their Home

Telegraph | Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

Angie Powell, 57, and her husband Rhodri, 56, uncovered the 20ft wide, six ft high, wall painting as they peeled back wallpaper and mortar from their ...

Thoughts on The King's Speech, and Other Royal Entries

John Farr | Posted 06.12.2013 | Entertainment
John Farr

Notwithstanding Colin Firth's astonishing performance, the film's genius lies in its being decidedly old-fashioned. Here is a sampling of my favorite titles which concern the venerable throne of England.

O Henry: In Defense of Henry VIII

Ali MacLean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ali MacLean

Henry really got a bad rap. With all the crazy women he had to deal with, plus the stress of running a kingdom, I think he handled himself pretty well.

Crack Attack!

Michael Henry Adams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Michael Henry Adams

Like sagging baggies, codpieces were a highly aggressive expression of masochismo. They also emanated considerable, usually unintentional, homoerotic appeal.

Soulmates: A Love-Hate Relationship

Christine Egan | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Egan

I don't believe soulmates exist. I'm pretty sure this long-held belief makes me unromantic, but I'm also pretty sure it's the reason I have a solid marriage.

Tudor Dynasty Re-Examined In New Book

AP | BOB SALSBERG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

"The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty" (Delacorte Press, 640 pages, $30) by G.J. Meyer: Five centuries have not diminish...

Ten Tremendous Women Who Never Married

Samara O'Shea | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Samara O'Shea

The following women serve as a sweet reminder that you don't need anyone but yourself to live an incredible life and have people remember you long after you're gone.

Bush Follies Brought Tudors to Broadway

James Sims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
James Sims

Surveying some of Broadway's best offerings over the last couple years, one common storyline jumps out. King Henry VIII and all of the Tudors-related atrocities have seen a prominent revival.

Tudor Manbag, Compact Mirror To Be Displayed In Britain

Reuters | Georgina Cooper | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style

The artifacts include a well preserved leather "manbag" complete with compact mirror and cut-throat razor -- the height of Tudor fashion, a giant 4 fo...

Books Do Furnish a Room

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Michael Jones

Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall: she writes, as Anthony Powell did, a world unto itself. The fire crackles both in the cold drafty Esher Hall where Cardinal Wolsey is exiled to from Hampton Court.