Research by Oxford’s Dr Cliff Davies has found that the term ‘Tudor’ was hardly ever used in the 16th century.Dr Davies, a History tutor at Wadham, has discovered that until the final years of Elizabeth’s reign, the term was very rarely used to refer to the governments of the kings and queens we now know as the ‘Tudors’.Of the numerous documents, pamphlets, poems and plays studied by Davies, only a single poem was found which uses the term, which refers to the 1603 transferral of royal power from Elizabeth Tudor to James Stuart.Davies argues that common references to the ‘Tudor Monarchy’ both by historians and in the arts has brought about a misconception by which the period has come to be thought of as unduly glamorous and unified.Davies said, “The word ‘Tudor’ is used obsessively by historians, often as a quite unnecessary reinforcing adjective to add an appropriate ‘period flavour’ to their work, but it was almost unknown at the time.”“While the Tudor name was celebrated in Welsh language writings, it was considered an embarrassment in England – Henry VII’s paternal grandfather Owen Tudor was played down and Henry VIII boasted instead of the ‘Union’ of the families of Lancaster and York embodied in himself.“There is no sense in which the ‘Tudor’ monarchs thought of themselves as ‘Welsh’, or took pride in their descent from a Welsh adventurer.”Davies said that the discovery was significant in that it shines a light on the disunity between the governments of Henry VII, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I.He added that the idea of ‘the Tudor people’ is misleading because it “gives a false sense of people identifying with their monarch. The very term implies a degree of automatic ‘loyalty’ which is unwarranted.”Finally, Davies takes issue with the notion that the ‘Tudors’ believed themselves to be living in a specific age, distinct from the ‘Middle Ages’.Fresher historian Alex Krook was less positive about Davies’ findings. “Inaccurate maybe, but I’ll let my historical judgment temporarily slide for an excuse to watch Jonathan Rhys-Meyers get his kit off.”
Due to current flooding conditions and additional flooding expected through Tuesday, all Ocean City schools will operate a virtual instruction day for students on Tuesday, according to a school news release.Students will not report to school on Tuesday. Students and their families should check PowerSchool class pages and monitor email for further updates on the virtual day schedule.Stay tuned to the National Weather Service and local media for updates on the weather affecting the area.For more information visit oceancityschools.org or check PowerSchool class pages for more information. Expanded programs and new studies will be part of the new budget.
According to the decision of the readers of the Chinese edition of Travel + Leisure magazine, Croatia was awarded in the category of the most desirable new European destination for Chinese tourists in 2018.Award ceremony China Travel Awards – World Best Awards was held in Shanghai, in the presence of diplomatic representatives, representatives of tourist boards, hotels, tour operators and airlines, each in their own category awarded by this famous magazine read by more than a million people in China.She has received the award, which has been awarded for 12 years Pearl Fabrio Counselor at the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the People’s Republic of China. The competition for the most desirable new destination was organized during the second half of last year, and readers chose a new destination that they intend to visit as soon as possible. In addition to Croatia, which was selected in the category of European destinations, the awards were also won by Argentina, Tahiti and Myanmar, while the best “old” destinations were Australia, Japan and Thailand.The director of the CNTB Head Office, Kristjan Staničić, also commented on the award, emphasizing that this is the first award of this type that Croatia has received on the Chinese market. “We are extremely pleased with the award, especially in the year that has been declared the EU-China tourist year. The award also confirms the excellent potential of Croatia as a tourist destination in the large and extremely important Chinese market. This is a confirmation of our assessments and decisions to strengthen Croatia’s presence in China through the implementation of additional promotional activities, but also through the opening of the CNTB office in Shanghai. We are encouraged by the results from last year, during which we achieved high double-digit increases in tourist traffic from the Chinese market, 57 percent in arrivals and 48 percent in overnight stays. “, he said director Staničić, adding that Croatia is ready for a larger arrival of Chinese tourists who are not exclusively motivated by coming to Croatia because of the sun and the sea, but especially appreciate our natural beauty and historical and cultural heritage.Chinese Travel + Leisure is part of the American Travel + Leisure magazine owned by Time Inc. groups. According to the magazine’s director Diggle Tian as many as 70 percent of Chinese tourists who will travel abroad this year still do not know exactly which destination to choose for their trip.