Elizabeth I – A Guest Post by author Robert Stephen Parry

| July 21, 2014

Elizabeth I – A Guest Post by author Robert Stephen Parry

Thank you Claire for inviting me to your webpage today to say a few words about my most recent publication: Elizabeth – The Virgin Queen and the Men who Loved Her. In the UK we have a popular advertising slogan concerning a well-known brand of varnish and which runs something like: “It does exactly what […]

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

| July 1, 2014

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

On 1st July 1536, Parliament gave the Second Act of Succession its first reading. This superseded the 1534 Act of Succession, which had made Mary illegitimate and had appointed Elizabeth as heir to the throne. The new act declared the illegitimacy of both of Henry’s daughters. Both girls were now barred from the line of […]

Thomas Boleyn and Henry VIII – Two Fathers

| June 15, 2014

Thomas Boleyn and Henry VIII – Two Fathers

As it is Father’s Day in many countries around the world today, I wanted to share two articles from the archives and look at Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, and Henry VIII and his influence on his daughter Elizabeth I. I do hope you enjoy these articles. In Defence of Thomas Boleyn, Father of […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn asks Matthew Parker to watch over Elizabeth

| April 26, 2014

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn asks Matthew Parker to watch over Elizabeth

Sometime around 26th April, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and asked him to watch over her two year-old daughter. We don’t know what was said, but when he was offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right […]

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

| March 30, 2014

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

As it is Mothering Sunday in the UK, I wanted to share with you snippets from my chapter “Anne Boleyn the Mother” from The Anne Boleyn Collection II. The chapter goes into detail on the rituals and traditions associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times, but today I want to concentrate on what we […]

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2014

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I’s death was the end of an era in so many ways: the end of England’s Golden Age, the end of a long reign (over 44 years) and the end of […]

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| March 6, 2014

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Today we have a guest post from historical novelist Anne Clinard Barnhill, whose novel “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I” will be released on 18th March. When I began writing my first novel, AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN, I’d done tons of research about my ancestors, the Sheltons. As a matter of […]

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I is Crowned Queen

| January 15, 2014

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I is Crowned Queen

On this day in history, the 15th January 1559, at 12pm, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen. She was the third of Henry VIII’s children to become monarch and she was the last of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth had inherited the throne from her half-sister Mary I, who had died on the 17th November 1558, and […]