The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth.
Anorak's Assistant Editors, doing their research at Hampton Court Palace.
Tudor World, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Tudors. Now there's a bonkers and fearsome bunch of Queens and Kings. At Anorak, we are obsessed with this period of English history, rich in dramas, beheadings, and....bloated royals.
So much so that we decided to dedicate a whole issue to them. Now available to buy from all newsagents and bookstores around the world, this edition takes you on a trip to 16th Century England, where all sorts of Tudor exploits took place.
I know what you are wondering: how did we manage to travel back in time? Alas, at the risk of disappointing you, our funds do not currently allow us to commission the making of a time-travelling vehicle. Instead, we spent the Summer visiting some of the fabulous places the Tudors have left behind for us. Here are our favourite ones, which we recommend you visit to complement your Tudor education.
This museum is built around the remains of the Mary Rose, King Henry VIII's favourite war ship which inexplicably sank on 19th July 1545. Brought back to the surface in the 1970s, it now houses over 19,000 meticulously preserved artefacts. Perfect place to immerse yourself in life on board a Tudor ship.
Located in Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare's place of birth, and on the site of an ancient Tudor house, Tudor World is the most fun Tudor place to visit. Each room focuses on a Tudor VIP, from Sir Francis Drake to.. the plague! It's educational, entertaining and slightly scary too.
This little gem of a Tudor house, owned by one of Henry's courtier, is best enjoyed during its candlelight tours.
Originally built for Henry's good pal Thomas Wolsey, the mighty King made it his when their relationship turned sour. It is one magnificent palace, complete with a Tudor kitchen and the most ancient tennis court in Europe. A must must visit.
Ah the Tower, the place where many Tudor be-headings happened, including the one of our favourite Tudor Queen, Anne Boleyn. If you really want to get closer to the gruesome stuff, do not miss the Wakefield Tower, otherwise known as a torture palace! Eeeek...
A great place to see what these terrible and magnificent Tudors looked like, as it houses breathtaking portraits of all our favourite Tudor protagonists.