Not plain English, Tudor English

IT was more than plain English when a group of pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Hadleigh undertood a learning exercise.When they produced a book of letters about Mary Tudor, they had to write in Tudor English style.

IT was more than plain English when a group of pupils from St Mary's Primary School, Hadleigh undertook a history project.

When they produced a book of letters about Mary Tudor, they had to write in Tudor English style.

With the help of local author and historian, Jenny Webb, they became editors, illustrators, publicists and marketing experts to produce Mary's Martyrs.

The book is a collection of letters written by a fictitious family based in Framlingham, one of whom has moved to live in Hadleigh and another in London.


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It tells the story of Mary Tudor's arrival in Suffolk, her accession to the throne and the strong beliefs that led her to try to reintroduce catholicism and led directly to the violent deaths of fervent protestants, who were burned at the stake for being unwilling to change their beliefs.

Among the first of the martyrs was Hadleigh priest, Rowland Taylor, who was burned at the stake on Aldham Common, near Hadleigh, where there is a monument to him.

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Sam Churchyard, 11, one of the book's editors, said they had done their research from dictionaries, the internet, Hadleigh town archives and a visit to Framlingham castle.

He said: "It took at least three times before we got it right but it was really good fun."

The publicity and book launch teams sought the advice of local newspapers and television on marking and had also held fund raising events in school to cover the cost of launching the book, which is currently with printers.

The book will be launched at Hadleigh Guildhall on Wednesday, October 16, at 7pm, when the team are hoping to dress in Tudor costume and will be offering refreshments.

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