Tudor Tales

 

The nights draw in, the wind wuthers and the chill of winter approaches. What better way to spend the darkened nights than listening to HG Tudor read a collection of tales for you. An eclectic mix of differing styles for you to enjoy. Draw the curtains, fix a heady brew of something warm and delicious and ease into your favoured place of comfort as you ready yourself for Tudor Tales.

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53 thoughts on “Tudor Tales

  1. Asp Emp says:

    It would be a treat that I should factor in at some point…… something to peruse & it would be enjoyable & entertaining – maybe with some wine & home made food….

  2. Fiddleress2 says:

    I loved the Battle of Hastings tale. It’s one of my favourite eras in history, with the few centuries that ensued – I even managed to get my daughter interested in the visit of the tapestry in Bayeux, Normandy (which tells the story of this battle, and is over 900 years old) when she was still very young. They also have explanations suited for children..

    Tale #10 too, the rhythm of it, the way you deliver it, HG! Very uplifting.

    The way the Tell Tale Heart is delivered is so good too. It was on the course I was teaching last year along with tale #1. It was in October, and I remember thinking, as I re-read it, that there was something about the main character that made me think of the narcissist I was involved with then. The paranoia. Scary. But that is when I began to feel that I had to escape.

    Will have to gather some firewood, get more candles for the chandelier, find a red settee, and that’ll be me for the winter nights. With a few books too (including those from my Tudor library that I haven’t got round to reading yet!).

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Good to read, Fiddleress2.

    2. Violetta says:

      I don’t have a working fireplace, but last Christmas, I put a bunch of candles in orange and yellow transparent holders, put them on the hearth of my non-operational fireplace, downed some hot white chocolate (with a shot), and listened to HG read “The Grinch.”

      Bliss was it in that night to be alive!

      1. Truthseeker6157 says:

        HG read the Grinch?!

        The American Christmas film they put on every year, the one with the train? Can’t think of the name. I love that story.

        I find the film magical. When the sleigh takes off towards the end. It’s exactly how I imagine it to happen.

        Anyways, the Top Hanks character on top of the train, HG would read him perfectly.

        Polar Express, got it ha ha

      2. Fiddleress2 says:

        Violetta: how did I ever forget to mention the drink(s)? Hot chocolate sounds excellent with a shot. I love hot wine too (a medieval recipe, quite common in Germany I think, especially around Christmas – spiced, hot red wine). Or plain, very good red wine.
        Will make sure I find “The Grinch”!

        1. Sweetest Perfection says:

          Gluhwein. I personally prefer not to spoil my wine with anything but I liked sipping it while visiting Christmas markets. Everyone had red cheeks and red noses, I don’t know if it was an effect of the cold weather or of the gluhwein.

          1. Sweetest Perfection says:

            Agh, I forgot the dots. Glühwein! there we go.

          2. Fiddleress says:

            That’s right, Gluhwein! Thanks, I had forgotten the word.
            We call it Hypocras, though this may sound weird in English.

          3. Sweetest Perfection says:

            Yes, Hippocrates liked to recommend spiced drinks, that’s where the word comes from though I saw it spelled Hippocras. I think it was mostly done to hide wine that had gone bad, but like many recipes that start like that then it became a delicious thing. I liked studying Hippocrates’ theories and the wine thing just showed up as an anecdote. In English it sounds like an insult, hippocras! Hahaha.

          4. Fiddleress says:

            Oh my god, I can’t stop laughing at the way I spelt it! Here it is normally spelt Hipocras, one p, which doesn’t make much sense but there you go – another word that has forgotten where it came from.
            Yes, I guessed that it must sound like an insult in English, haha!
            I certainly would not waste good wine making some.

          5. Sweetest Perfection says:

            Fiddleress, I found out the three spellings are correct, so you don’t need to feel bad! I am of the opinion that if the wine is good, why would you mix it with anything? And if it is bad wine, why would you drink it? I don’t drink hot wine but if it’s cold outside, I noticed I change my taste in wine, one with a fuller body. I also like port. But that’s just me. I don’t judge, to each her own alcoholic preferences! I tried Glühwein the first time I visited Austria and while I didn’t like the flavor, I enjoyed getting immersed in the whole experience. And everything looked so magical around!

          6. Fiddleress says:

            Funny SP: just minutes before I saw your message re the dots on Glühwein, I was wondering about the pronunciation: ‘is that Gluhwein with the French ‘ou’ sound, or ‘ü’ like the French ‘u’ sound? I didn’t do much German at all so I wasn’t sure. Just saying this because what with my ‘Hypocras’ which makes it look something like ‘below-crass’, and your Gluhwein which sounds like “glue wine”, we sure make it seem like Continentals have dubious mores, hahaha!

          7. Sweetest Perfection says:

            Below-crass and glue wine sound perfect for each other, haha. My German is non-existent. I took a course in college but I didn’t pursue any further. But when in doubt I always do this https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glühwein

          8. Fiddleress says:

            I still don’t automatically think of checking things on the Internet, I tend to rely on my memory, so I am pleased to see that this spelling (hypocras) does exist because that is how I remembered it from a medieval restaurant (sadly closed, now) I used to go to in the city near where I live. I did check after your message and found it with an ‘i’. I love the spelling Violetta gives: yppocras.

            Merriam-Webster has to be the best dictionary. I only use the all-English one I have at home. Will try the bilingual one.

            This reminds me of a little anecdote with narcex: he had the most wonderful all-English M-W dictionary, the 10th edition, which contains almost all the words in the English language and their (brief) etymology. I was telling him about cockney rhyming slang, and I gave him an example: wife = trouble and strife . That sent him looking up ‘wife’ in his dictionary, and it mentioned the word ‘wyvern’ as a possible etymology. There was an illustration of it: the wyvern was a dragon in early medieval imagery, linked to evil of course (and therefore the snake in paradise). Of course.
            This was something we found out together quite early on. I thought it was a wonderful discovery, something we both held dear (silly me). He managed to dirty this later on when I used it in a joke that apparently ignited his fury. And I was joking about myself. Idiot.

            Anyway, I’ve been looking far and wide for this fantastic edition of the M-W dictionary, to no avail. I’ll have to have it shipped from the US, and I will. Even if, as the description says, it is ‘heavier than a Thanksgiving turkey’, haha.

          9. Fiddleress says:

            Ah well no, that 10th edition is not heavier than a Thanksgiving turkey, apparently. Anyway, thanks to this discussion (thank you!), I have at last got round to ordering that dictionary.
            To sum up: hypocras, hot chocolate (with a shot), good red wine, The Grinch and the Merriam-Webster dictionary – and hopefully, snow: all the ingredients of a great Christmas!
            I only drink on special occasions 😇

          10. Violetta says:

            I’ve had both Hippocrates’ recipe for hipocras (“yppocras,” etc.–spelling was flexible for a long time) and the medieval recipe the Menagier de Paris used, and they are both awesome!

            Spices weren’t used to cover bad food. They were used to preserve it, like pickling or curing. Many spices were thought to have medicinal properties, and modern medicine has found evidence to back it up in many cases.

            Did I mention it tastes awesome?

          11. Sweetest Perfection says:

            I don’t remember all I said in my failed attempt to comment, I remember I mentioned the word comes from medieval Catalan and like many words from Romance languages it suffered alterations in spelling. Spices, as a luxury item, were used for medicinal purposes, mostly because they were believed to balance the bodily humors, though I think for preservation salt was definitely favored -though salt itself was extremely valuable for this reason-. But I talked about wine, and the ways that wine gone bad has been reutilized and disguised throughout the course of history has no limits! My take on Hippocrates defines my relationship with food. In my home our food is nurture and medicine. We grow all the vegetables we use, and we eat and dehydrate TONS of hot peppers and other herbs and spices for many purposes. For example, we not only love the flavor of cayenne pepper, but it also serves as a pain reliever for muscle strains due to its high content of capsaicin. My aloe vera plant is my best friend as I tend to burn myself quite often and it makes your burns heal and disappear in a minute. I am a little bit of a witch in that sense … and probably in other senses too haha. I’m glad you like the flavor of mulled wine, I should try Hippocrates’ original recipe because the one I tried in that Christmas market didn’t appeal to me. My stupid narcissist mocked my healthy approach to food and tried to provoke me all the time by posting the greasiest and most dead-related dishes ever, such as bloody steaks or pig heads and then tagging me. He also tried to make me eat stuff he knows I can’t stomach. Gosh what an asshole.

  3. Fiddleress2 says:

    The first tale (the only one I have listened to so far) is an all-time favourite of mine! It felt like I had just received a Christmas present when I heard the title. Such a treat.

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Good to read.

  4. Sweetest Perfection says:

    So, is there any specific order to listen so that I can break it?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      No, listen as you wish.

      1. Sweetest Perfection says:

        I can’t listen as I wish. I’ve been in a loop replaying 9 since last night. “Just say ‘Bandersnatch’ once more, I promise it’ll be the last time…”

        1. HG Tudor says:

          Ha ha, draws you in doesn’t it?!

          1. Sweetest Perfection says:

            I started my dissertation with an analysis of that poem. Enough said.

          2. HG Tudor says:

            But it would appear you just can’t get enough (said).

          3. Sweetest Perfection says:

            “Fury said to a mouse / that he met in the house…” gonna switch to another track, this is getting tricky.

          4. Sweetest Perfection says:

            “Images” is absolutely fabulous. Since you know Borges you may be familiar with “The Aleph.” I adore creepy, eerie stories. The uncanny valley!

          5. HG Tudor says:

            I am pleased you enjoyed that. Request noted and more to come.

        2. WhoCares says:

          “Just say ‘Bandersnatch’ once more”
          ….oh, I am going to have to get these Tudor Tales.

  5. Fiddleress2 says:

    I will imagine sitting in this wonderful room in the illustration, by the fire, as I listen to these tales. Lovely, snug autumnal and wintery lockdown nights ahead!

    1. HG Tudor says:

      HG approves.

    2. Truthseeker6157 says:

      Fiddleress,

      I love that image too. The perfect room.
      I opened this last night, snuggled down under the duvet and started to listen. I think I might have made it to around the 20 minute mark before slipping into a deep and dreamless sleep.

      HG, honestly, you are extremely generous with these recordings. There is a huge amount of content here, and the part I listened to so far was beautifully read. I can struggle to switch off some days, these pieces really do help me with that. Thank you for offering them and for making them so affordable.

      I’ll be cheeky now and say that one day I’d really like to hear you read The Lady of Shallot. ( Well if you don’t ask, you don’t get!)

      1. HG Tudor says:

        Thank you TS, I am pleased you enjoyed the material. It is very effective at allowing people to achieve a distraction (which is part of the No Contact regime), being entertained (important especially during lock down situations) and in some instances to drift off to sleep (sleep if the foundation of success). It is an extensive package at a low cost too. Your request has been noted.

  6. Leigh says:

    I’m trying to buy the ED & TD with a gift card and PayPal won’t let me use it. What am I doing wrong?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      I do not know. I will deliver an invoice to you through PayPal to see if that helps.

      1. Leigh says:

        That worked. Thank you, Mr. Tudor.

        1. HG Tudor says:

          You are welcome.

          1. Leigh says:

            Actually, I can’t tell if it worked. Did you get the payment?

          2. HG Tudor says:

            Not so far.

          3. Leigh says:

            Ugh! Its not letting me pay for it with the gift card. Paypal suggests I wait and try again. I will try again in a little bit. Its frustrating me now.

        2. Leigh says:

          I just tried again and its still not accepting my gift card. I don’t understand because I’ve used gift cards before. I don’t have an account with them and I’ve checked out as a guest. No luck this time though.

  7. Sweetest Perfection says:

    Two things made me happy today.

  8. leelasfuelstinks says:

    What kind of stories do you read, H.G.? 🙂 Are there also Narc-Tales in there? 🙂

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Not Narc Tales, other tales, Tudor Tales.

  9. Truthseeker6157 says:

    That’s tonight sorted then! Ha ha

  10. BC30 says:

    Mmmm hot cocoa with marshmallows.

  11. WhoCares says:

    Yes!
    HG – are these instructional tales re: Narcissism? Or are they more in the same vein as your past tellings of the Grinch, Night Before Christmas?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      They are a variety of tales for autumnal/winter evenings.

      1. WhoCares says:

        Sounds lovely.

  12. MB says:

    Is this new HG?

    1. HG Tudor says:

      Yes.

      1. MB says:

        Goody gumdrops! 🍬🍬🍬

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