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Five Things from the Mary Rose that’ll make you go ‘Oooh’! 30 Mar 2019
Medical equipment on the Mary Rose

Being a warship, the Mary Rose carried a lot of objects that were, shall we say, unpleasant. As well as the various ship-to-ship weapons, there were pikes, daggers and swords for stabbing, bills and halberds for slashing, longbows and handguns for long distance killing, and rather nasty antipersonnel weapons such...

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Pancakes on the Mary Rose? 05 Mar 2019
They had the tools, but did they enjoy a pancake at sea?

An inventory of “stuff, tackle, apparel, ordnance, artillery and habiliments of War” made on 27th July 1514, lists the Mary Rose carrying, among all the rigging and weapons, a quantity of cookware, including a frying pan! We’ve no idea if it remained on board until 1545, or if it got...

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The first men who dived on the Mary Rose 08 Feb 2019
Who was the first person to see the Mary Rose on the sea bed?

We always talk about Alexander McKee being the person who discovered the wreck of the Mary Rose, but although it was because of him the ship was rediscovered in the 1970s, there are a few people who got up close to Henry VIII's flagship while she was still on the...

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Half a Dozen Roses from the Mary Rose 05 Feb 2019
Depictions of the Tudor Rose on the Mary Rose

Branding is everything. Everybody recognises the Nike swoosh, the Apple logo, or the McDonalds Arches, because they’re everywhere. In England during the time of the Mary Rose, the most prominent image was the Tudor Rose, symbol of the Royal Family, and of the king, Henry VIII.

While the Tudor Rose...

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The Mary Rose and the Battle of Flodden Field 30 Nov 2018
The Mary Rose is probably better known for fighting the French, but did you know she also fought another of England’s neighbours?

While today relations between England and Scotland are mostly civil, it’s not always been that way. Scotland were long-time allies of France, so in 1513 King James IV of Scotland demanded that the English army withdraw from French Soil. Henry, unsurprisingly, declined, so James IV built up an army of...

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Which of these are real ships in Henry VIII's Navy? 02 Nov 2018
Which ones have we made up?

Henry VIII built up a large fleet during his time as king, and there were some very peculiar names among them!

We've chosen some from a list of Henry VIII's ships that fought in the French wars between 12 February 1545 and 11th July 1546, can you spot which ones...

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