"Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real."

Cormac McCarthy

Last updated 19 March 2020  © Julia Edwards

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Click on the buttons to find out what was what in Tudor England.

There's a timeline, to show you what happened when, and where The Falconer's Quarry fits in (sorry, this page doesn't show if you're browsing on a mobile).


Then there are some famous Tudors, a couple of Tudor recipes for you to try, a bit more information about the sinking of the Mary Rose - which happens off-stage in the book - and some useful links to other websites about the Tudors.

Henry's daughter, Mary I

Henry's son, Edward

Henry VIII

Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour

Henry's daughter, Elizabeth I

A nice snap of Henry VIII with his family - except that Jane Seymour died when Edward was two weeks old, seven years before this was painted. You may think it's a bit odd to have her in the picture, but as you'll discover in The Shimmer on the Glass, the Victorians wouldn't have thought so.