The adventures of 'Red' Ned Bedwell in the dangerous Tudor period of Henry VIII. In an effort to get ahead in society Ned tries to balance the competing demands of friendship, factional politics, religion, patronage and murder. Life is never easy for an apprentice lawyer
Greeting my dear friends it has been quite a while since we have a chat my deepest apologies the last few months have been pack full of
action ranging from teenager education issues, seriously unbalanced humours
leading to a very nasty ague (very very nasty) and of course lots of research
and writing. And did I say lots of
research and writing? Anyway it will be
a few months until the next Red Ned stories are polished up and published along
with a new Tudor period series starting with Wyatt’s Rebellion in 1553 against
Queen Mary. But first on to some very
impressive news, today is the long awaited opening of the new museum to house
the remains of Henry VIII’s magnificent warship the Mary Rose.
Since it was recovered in an extraordinary feat of maritime
archaeology and salvage starting in 1968 the vessel has proved to be a treasure
trove of Tudor period artefacts and culture.
Its discoveries have to a large extent revised our rather stuffy and incorrect
opinions of the Tudors, proving that they were at the technological cutting
edge of the Renaissance. The new museum has been a long time in the planning
and construction and to my eye the design is an excellent example of form,
function and style. Its fits perfectly into
the dock area by HMS Victory and the timber cladding and shape gives a
reverential and respectful nod to the wooden walls of the Royal Navy, so well
done the architects.
I could rave on for hours about the various facets of the
archaeology or the rich haul of unique items however I suspect I’d get carried
away and we’d be here for days and in the end this would be thesis length. So
instead I've trawled the internet to bring to you a collection of the best
links and articles about the opening and the new display of restored and
recovered objects. Bon appetite!
A very interesting article, about some unexpected
discoveries regarding the Mary Rose ammunition.
The comments however are a little over the top and I feel display more
surly ignorance than useful review of a ‘news article’.