Three reasons why Buckingham  & RLS  love the Tudors:

  1. Catherine of Aragon lived in  Buckingham with her no.2 army when King James nipped over the Scottish border to take over England, exactly 500 years ago in 1513. That was whilst Catherine’s husband was huntin’, fishing’ & fightin’ in France. Her no.1 army won a great battle at Flodden Fields. Cue rejoicing in Buckingham as King James’s bloody tunic was brought to her to prove that he was dead.  Catherine left  her ivory crucifix to Buckingham. It remains in our Old Gaol Museum
  2. Queen Elizabeth paid a State Visit to Buckingham and dined at the Manor House.
  3. Queen Mary Tudor  gave Buckingham its first and best Charter of Incorporation in 1554. Professor John Clarke of Buckingham has called Queen Mary Tudor, “One of our greatest benefactors”

(Entre nous, it’s possible that King Henry VIII slept at the Manor House with another of his wives, Anne Boleyn, whilst Anne was visiting her  bereaved sister, Mary. But… that’s another subject, possibly for 2014.)

Meanwhile. David Hudson, historian and our present Headmaster with the  RLS Friends’ Association has arranged  for a lecture:

Professor Steven Gunn on

‘Accidental Death in

Sixteenth Century


Wednesday 27th March 201 3 7.30 – 8.30p.m.


Tudor England was a dangerous place. There were plagues and wars, perilous childbirths and shocking infant mortality. But what risks did people face as they went about their everyday lives?

Professor Steven Gunn has researched into thousands of coroner’s inquest reports on accidental deaths preserved at The National Archives.

These reports cover almost the whole of England, town and country, young and old, men and women, rich and poor. They tell us about working practices in farming, industry and housework and about leisure activities such as football, swimming, bell-ringing and riverside flower-picking, even the risks of getting too close to performing bears!  They show contrasts between men’s and women’s lives, between different agricultural regions, between different times of day and seasons of the year. They show changes across the century, such as the replacement of archery by guns.

Professor Gunn is one of the foremost current Tudor scholars.  He has published widely on Tudor England and is a fellow of Merton College University of Oxford.


Further information can be found at

Open to All   Old Latins Free Admission

Please contact the school 01280 813065 to reserve seats


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