Hi! I am Rebecca Larson, a mom, wife, professional genealogist, and armchair historian.
My passion for the Tudor dynasty began during the research of my own family history. While working on my maternal grandmother’s side of the family I had traced them back to Margaret Tudor, sister to Henry Vlll and queen consort of Scotland. How exciting – related to the Tudors! — Unfortunately, no. I wish I could say I’m related to the Tudors…but I’m not. I had missed an error is one of the branches of my tree which led me away from the Tudor line. That is what started my interest in learning more about the Tudors, all things Tudors and monarchs in general.
Born and raised in the upper Midwest I spent a lot of my childhood outdoors, but when I was inside I was either reading or writing my own made-up stories. Oh how I wish I still had copies of those to look back on today.
This blog began in 2015 as a way to share my Tudor passion with whomever would read it. Now it has grown to become one of the most visited Tudor blogs online. It still amazes me how fast it grew and what a great fan-base I have. I pinch myself daily.
I have been fortunate enough to have many amazing guest bloggers visit, such as: Tracy Borman, Sarah Gristwood, Elizabeth Norton, Diarmaid MacCulloch, Leanda de Lisle, and so, so many more.
Due to the popularity of the blog I chose to start a podcast (by the same name) in February 2017 and quickly began to live out my dream of becoming a DJ. Little did I know that one day I would have my own recording studio.
What else am I doing? Well, I like to stay busy – I began researching Thomas Seymour in October 2016 for the purpose of writing a book about his interesting life. Since then I am have nearly finished my historical fiction version of his life and have already began writing my non-fiction book to show the new evidence I have discovered from my research.
Thanks for visiting! Hope you find something that interests you.
Find me on:
I love to read contemporary records (and primary sources) as well as non-fiction books to build my knowledge, and as you’ll see below I’ve found a few courses online to help grow my knowledge – it’s amazing what is available to us for free when we go looking for it!
University of Leicester – England in the time of King Richard III (Completed March 2016)
British Council – Exploring English: Magna Carta
Medieval Courses – The Life of Anne Boleyn (Claire Ridgway)
University of Glasgow – A History of Royal Fashion
Yale Univeristy – Early Modern England: Politics, Religion and Society under the Tudors and Stuarts; Professor: Keith E. Wrightson, Randolph W. Townsend Jr. Professor of History:
- Lecture 1: General Introduction (March 2016)
- Lecture 2: “The Tree of Commonwealth”: The Social Order in the Sixteenth Century (March 2016)
- Lecture 3: Households: Structures, Priorities, Strategies, Roles (March 2016)
- Lecture 4: Communities: Key Institutions and Relationships (March 2016)
- Lecture 5: “Countries” and Nation: Social and Economic Networks and the Urban System (March 2016)
- Lecture 6: The Structures of Power (March 2016)
- Lecture 7: Late Medieval Religion and it’s Critics (March 2016)
- Lecture 8: Reformation and Division; 1530-1558 (March 2016)
- Lecture 9: “Commodity” and “Commonwealth”: Economic and Social Problems, 1520-1560 (March 2016)
- Lecture 10: The Elizabethan Confessional State: Conformity, Papists, Puritans (March 2016)
- Lecture 11: The Elizabethan “Monarchical Republic”: Political Participation (March 2016)
- Lecture 12: Economic Expansion, 1560-1640 (April 2016)
- Lecture 13: A Polarizing Society, 1560-1640 (April 2017)
- Lecture 14 – Witchcraft and Magic (April 2017)