A to Z of Elizabethan times

H is for Houses London houses were seldom made from stone, except the few grand houses belonging to wealthy individuals who had acquired the stone from, or converted one of the former monasteries. There was no natural source of stone in and around London, but there was its clay, that made excellent bricks, on-site, with […] Read more »

Reader receives prize

I had the great pleasure of presenting the fabulous Elizabeth I necklace to reader Mrs June White yesterday.  The necklace was the prize for those readers who bought copies of my new book Blood-Red Goblet prior to and at the book launch.  For details and pictures of the launch, CLICK HERE. If you would like […] Read more »

A to Z of Elizabethan Times

G is for GLASS Until 1549 there was no significant glassmaking in England except for window-glass. Thinks started to change when a Lorraine glassmaker Carré arrived from Antwerp and set up furnaces in London and Surrey to make drinking glasses. Murano glass was supreme at that time and his own glass was poor when compared […] Read more »

A to Z of Elizabethan Times

F is for Fashion There were two places where the latest fashions for both men and women could be seen, Elizabeth’s court and the sermons at St Paul’s Cross. The court was an amazing sight, where courtiers vied with each other to show off the latest fashion. The clothes and jewellery were sumptuous and highly […] Read more »

A – Z of Elizabethan Times

E is for: Elizabeth I When Elizabeth followed her half-sister Mary Tudor as Queen, the whole country rejoiced. They longed for peace and religious tolerance. Under Mary, a devout Catholic, over 300 people were burned at the stake for holding heretic views. The beautiful Princess Elizabeth was 25 when she came to the throne and […] Read more »

Your invite to the book launch party

BLOOD-RED GOBLET The third adventure in the Glassmaker Series by PETER COOKE St. James Church, Otley Road, Baildon, Shipley. West Yorkshire on Saturday, 2nd April, 2011,12 noon-2pm. Refreshments and drinks will be served and there will be a display of Authentic Murano Bead Jewellery by Sandy Kidd, as featured in Blood-Red Goblet. DON’T MISS THESE […] Read more »

Blood-Red Goblet latest

I’m delighted to tell you that after a difficult gestation, Blood-Red Goblet has gone to the printers.  The official launch party will probably be on 2nd April 2011 so watch this space for details. I have decided to go with a British printer and they are the biggest in Europe, so I’m really looking forward […] Read more »

Blood-Red Goblet – latest news

First of all, my apologies to those people who were expecting Blood-Red Goblet to be published by now.   The last couple of months have been very difficult, both from a personal and a business level.  I won’t bore you with the personal problems, but the delay in publishing is for several reasons.  Firstly, I was […] Read more »