One of my recent favorite places to visit on the web is the Historic Royal Palaces website. The site is so much more than a place to buy tickets or get visiting information about the palaces. It’s full of fun information about the royals who lived at the various palaces, interesting historical events that took place at the palaces, and so much more.

I’m also a fan of the Historic Royal Palaces on Facebook, and have been enjoying their recent posting of History’s horrible Christmasses. How would I ever have learned that in December 1830, a lion and tigress were inadvertently allowed to meet in the Royal Menagerie, resulting in a 30 minute fight with fairly bad results. And of course, I also learned that the weather was so cold in the winter of 1648-49, that Charles I wore two shirts for his execution, so the crowds wouldn’t see him shivering and think he was afraid to die.

But one of my favorite new discoveries at their website is the Tudor cooking videos. The videos are fairly short, and take you through one slightly modernized Tudor recipe. I find them fascinating, and it’s fun to see how food must have looked then. I’ve also learned that there are live Tudor cookery events at Hampton Court Palace throughout the year. I’ve never managed to be there during a live demonstration, but would love to go one day when the kitchens are actually in action.


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My first memory is sitting with my mother on a blanket in our backyard surrounded by books and she is reading one of them to me. My love of reading was encouraged by my parents and it continues to today. I’ve gone through a lot of different genres over the years, but I currently primarily read mysteries (historical mysteries are my favorites) and romances (focusing on contemporaries, categories, and steampunk). When I’m not reading or working, I love to travel, knit, and work on various community projects.