Renaissance Art and Sexy Paintings

The Sexy Weasel in Renaissance Art   Symbolism abounded in sixteenth-century paintings. One amusing and fascinating symbolic feature was that of the weasel. Weasels covered the whole of the mustelid family. They included ermine, sables, martens, ferrets and mink. Of interest specifically to Renaissance art, a widely-held belief was that weasels conceived though their ears and gave birth through their … Read More

Dress To Impress

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Whilst writing Tudor Sex and Sexuality I especially enjoyed researching provocative fashions for this era. The Tudors had strict fashion codes, including what colours and fabrics particular sections of society could not wear. The cod-piece was a fascinating aspect of this research. The Earl of Surrey, brooding and fashionable Young Renaissance men appear utterly gorgeous, jewelled and colourful in paintings … Read More

Aphrodisiacs in Tudor Times

There has long been an appetite by readers and film viewers for the Tudor period as portrayed in novels, sumptuous costume dramas and documentary film. Have you ever been curious about the Tudors’ view of sex and sexuality? My recently published book Sex and Sexuality in Tudor England reveals myths and truths about how our Tudor antecedents conducted their sexual … Read More

The Devonshire Manuscript and Courtly Love

Courtly love was a game much played out at the Tudor Court of Henry VIII. However during the mid-1530s, this game of courtly love became real, touching some with consequences that belong to the world of chivalric legends. Certain events associated with the Duke of Norfolk’s family led to scarily tangible consequences associated with forbidden love. This particular story of … Read More

Did Henry VIII Have a Medical Problem Regarding Procreation?

Henry VIII, Impotence and the Thorny Question of Male Heirs Sex and Sexuality in Tudor England was published in March 2022. In this book, which is full of many gems relating to Sex in the Tudor Era, I also include a theory as to why Henry VIII is known to have had only two male children, neither of whom was … Read More

Tudor Sex 2 Contraception in the Tudor Era

How Did the Tudors ‘Do’ Contraception? Childbirth was joyous but fraught with dangers What if a woman or man wanted to avoid having children during the Tudor Era? Official medicine stayed away from this particular desire on the part of a couple. Folk medicine did not. For as long as people have had sex, despite serious Church objections, there have … Read More

Tudor Sex & Sexuality Tudor Stews

What might you discover if you time-travelled to a Tudor brothel?   During the early modern period ordinary English attitudes to sensuality were probably freer than in many other parts of Europe. Foreign visitors to England from the late fifteenth century to the eighteenth century noted how persons of different sexes greeted each other with a kiss on the lips. … Read More

Meet Jane Johnson and Pillars of Light

Today I welcome Jane Johnson to The Writer’s Hub. Jane is a fabulous writer and her book set during the Crusades is well worth reading. It was published in PB this week so do take a look. First, a little about Jane. She is one of the most interesting and experienced writers I know. Jane Johnson is from Cornwall and … Read More

Toni Mount and The Colour of Rubies

I am honoured to participate in the Promotion Tour for The Colour Of Rubies by Toni Mount. Toni is a superb medievalist writing both fiction and non fiction. Toni Mount is the author of several successful non-fiction books including How to Survive in Medieval England and the number one best-seller, Everyday Life in Medieval London. Her speciality is the lives … Read More

Keeping Fiction Real

    Today I welcome Anna Legat to The Writers’ Hub. I say this with great pleasure because I love Anna’s novels.  She has a fabulous forthcoming publication which I cannot wait to read. I am also honoured to be included in the blog tour for Cause of Death, a fabulous contemporary crime series set in a fictional English village. … Read More