Leeds Castle 1930s House Party

Afternoon tea in the Library at Leeds Castle

Yesterday I made a dream come true that I didn’t even know that I had until last year, when I read online that Leeds Castle was throwing a 1930s themed party.  But that’s not all.  You could also sign up to sleep over in the castle.  Last year I stayed in one of the cottages […]

International Women’s Day

International Womans Day 2015

Today is the 104th International Women’s Day.  The first ever Women’s Day was held in New York in 1909 and was organised by the Socialist Party of America.  Over the decades, more and more countries have decided to observe the holiday.  In some parts of the world, the holiday is a celebration of women’s economic, political, […]

Tower of London and the Queens

The Queens of the Tower - from joyous coronations to heart-breaking demises

You could not find a more masculine monument in England than the Tower of London.  It’s a medieval fortress built by William the Conquerer shortly after the Norman invasion of 1066.  Over the centuries, it’s been a place of battle, a fortress, a prison, an execution site, but it’s also a royal palace.  And despite […]

Kate the Great

courtesy of James Veysey

Confession: I’m slightly obsessed with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Not just because we share the same name (and nickname) but it goes deeper than that.  I’ll devour anything about her — books, articles, videos.  I stalk her on the internet.  I even sometimes stalk her in real life (in a non-creepy, totally within-the-bounds-of-propriety way).  But […]

12 Queens of Christmas Carol and a Giveaway

Victoria_Coronation

By Rachel Harper Here’s a little holiday treat for you!  An original Christmas carol set to the tune of 12 days of Christmas.  This one however is all about English queens over the centuries. There is a special prize for the first person to e-mail katherine@eventful-travel.com the correct queenly reference to all of the verses. […]

Catherine of Valois Forgotten Tudor Matriarch

Catherine of Valois

When Henry VII won the Tudors the English throne at the battle of Bosworth in 1485, his claim was tenuous at best.    He was also the last English king to win his crown on the battlefield.  Henry’s pushy mother, Margaret Beaufort, no doubt thought that her son’s rise was “God’s will” but it was […]

Christmas Fashion Tudor Style

From “Fashion in Costume” by Joan Nunn

By Rachel Harper So ladies, have you got your Christmas outfits all picked out this holiday season?  Whether your idea of Christmas fashion is velvet, sparkles, fancy dress or a tacky holiday jumper a la Colin Firth in Bridget Jones, I’m sure you spend some time agonising over it each year.  However, whatever time and […]

Queen Catherine Howard – Silliness Meets the Axe

Catherine Howard played by Emily Blunt in the 2003 TV movie Henry VIII

Catherine Howard was Henry VIII’s fifth wife, and definitely the silliest. She was born around 1523, probably at Lambeth, London.  Her father’s sister, Elizabeth Howard, was Anne Boleyn’s mother.  Therefore Catherine and Anne were first cousins.  Catherine came from an aristocratic pedigree but she grew up rather poor by royal standards.  When Catherine’s mother passed […]

Searching for Anne Boleyn at Hever Castle

courtesy of Hever Castle

Hever Castle is the Most Happy Castle in England.  Or at least its most famous resident, Queen Anne Boleyn, once had a motto which was “The Most Happy.”  It’s a good motto.  What’s so great about Hever Castle is that it’s large enough to be impressive, but small enough to feel intimate.  It’s easy to […]