Tudor, I Hardly Know Her

A comedy podcast about the Tudors and 1500s shenanigans. It's educational, we swear. But mostly funny. Hosted by Emily Simpson and Garrett Kaser.
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Jul 19, 2017

That Tudor family is depicted a LOT in film, especially Queen Elizabeth. Today we chat about some of the many Tudor-related movies, including the lesser known gems and disasters. Special guest star, the mime Marcel Marceau. 

Jul 12, 2017

We discuss Henry's right-hand man, Thomas Wolsey. Where did he come from? How did he end up getting any power? When did he first get interested in dinosaurs?

Jun 28, 2017

You asked us questions and we answered them! We had a lot of fun answering some Tudor and some non-Tudor questions, and we appreciate every fan who has listened to the show this long!

Jun 21, 2017

We're joined by our special guest hosts Katie and Nathan from the Queens Podcast! We chat about how badass Margaret Beaufort was and how she truly started the reign of the Tudors. 

Jun 14, 2017

NSFW Edition: Henry was a total Samantha. We chat about what love and marriage looked like in the Tudor reign. Super NSFW. 

Jun 7, 2017

With special guest host, The British Guy! We discuss Henry VIII's huge contribution to English military history and his many involvements with other countries and lots of wars. 

May 31, 2017

Henry VIII invented the wagon and then fell off the horse. 1536 was a pretty eventful year, including the original Occupy Wall Street, some divorces, funerals and a wedding. 1536 was Henry VIII's 2016.

May 24, 2017

Palaces and castles and manors, oh my! Henry may have owned 55 of his own places, but that didn't stop him from being the rude house guest that barges in and demand you add an extra wing to your house for his 2-day visit.

May 17, 2017

Not only did Jane Boleyn not survive the reign of Henry VIII, but her reputation didn't either. Today we discuss one of history's most maligned women; the sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and the lady-in-waiting to five of Henry's queens before meeting her own bloody end: Jane Boleyn, the Lady Rochford. 

May 3, 2017

Finally! We chat about what hygiene really looked like in Tudor Times and how common illnesses were addressed (hint: sometimes, donkey skin was involved). 

Apr 26, 2017

Let's talk about the amazing Elizabeth of York. Often considered passive, this kind, gentle woman, who had a close relationship with her son Henry, lived as the daughter, sister, niece, wife, and mother of a king. 

Apr 19, 2017

Crime was punished a bit differently when Henry VIII and his descendants ran the show. Small infractions could get you hanged, and don't even think of taking that bird's egg! And don't forget the torture they used to find out who exactly stole the bird egg.

Apr 12, 2017

The Tudors celebrated their holidays a little differently than we do. There were more pigeon-stuffed foods at Christmas and more chicken-murdered games at Easter. 

Apr 5, 2017

Henry and his pals certainly knew how to have fun. Entertainment in the Tudor times didn't involve binge watching, but they were really good at hitting each other with sticks in various ways and playing something called a hurdy gurdy. 

Mar 29, 2017

Talk about a bad breakup. Henry VIII went from being named the Defender of the Faith to denouncing the Pope and naming himself Head of the Church. But how different was Henry's religion from Roman Catholicism? How were the regular people of England affected? 

Mar 15, 2017

Join us as we discuss Tudor fashions, the many layers of clothing required, and why purple was such an expensive fabric dye.

(Note: Sorry for the bad audio in the beginning. We had the wrong microphone set up for Garrett. Whoops, our bad.)

Mar 8, 2017

As promised, we talk about the CW show Reign. What did they do right? (Spoilers - almost nothing.) What did they get wrong? Plus, we discuss the real Catherine de Medici and some poison dresses. 

Mar 1, 2017

Woah, this is heavy. Mary, Queen of Scots had an interesting life, but not as dramatic as Reign may make it seem. Although she became Queen of Scotland at six days old and was much loved by her people, the Scottish lords had other ideas. And as a Tudor relative, Mary had her fair share of marriages. 

Feb 22, 2017

Known to history as The Virgin Queen, Elizabeth Tudor had a tumultuous childhood. It was quite unexpected for her to become queen, with two siblings and their potential heirs standing in her way. And it didn't help that her older sister didn't exactly set a shining example as a good queen before her. 

Feb 15, 2017

Bloody Mary, more like Bleak Mary! Mary I of England finally became queen after an astoundingly bad childhood and early adulthood, and her queenship didn't improve much. 

Feb 9, 2017

Join us as we discuss Lucy Worsley's Secrets of the Six Wives. Did we love it? Did we hate it? Was it an Emmy contender? Maybe not so much. 

Feb 1, 2017

Surprise episode! Now that Henry VIII is out of the picture, his children are finally in charge. Good news: they are just like dear old Dad. His long-sought-after son Edward takes the throne at 9, and puberty + kingship turns out to be a fun combo. After his early death, his sisters are overlooked and his cousin Jane is placed on the throne as the Nine Days Queen. 

Jan 25, 2017

So King Michael Douglas was married to Queen Kathleen Turner... wait, wrong Wars of the Roses. How did Henry VII end up becoming the (unlikely) King of England. Well Henry VI kind of sucked, and then there was some murder and a barrel of wine. 

Jan 11, 2017

Here's the story of a lovely family... The Tudor siblings had some very interesting drama of their own. Spoiler alert - Henry wasn't the only Tudor child who wanted a couple of divorces. 

Dec 28, 2016

Katherine Parr was lucky to escape her marriage to Henry VIII alive. A devoted Protestant (which wasn't cool in Henry's eyes), Katherine was a clever woman who greatly influenced her step-daughter, the future Queen Elizabeth I (when her husband wasn't flirting with Elizabeth, that is.) 

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