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 […]

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

| January 14, 2014

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

Elizabeth I left the Tower for her eve of coronation procession at 3pm on the 14th January 1559 in a cloth of gold covered litter carried by two mules. As she passed the Tower of London menagerie, Elizabeth prayed to God, thanking him for her deliverance, like that of Daniel from the lion’s den. Elizabeth […]

The Frozen Thames and the Little Ice Age

| November 19, 2013

The Frozen Thames and the Little Ice Age

The British news is full of headlines like “100 DAYS OF HEAVY SNOW: Britain now facing worst winter in SIXTY YEARS warn forecasters” and it is predicted that “Arctic air will roar in from the North Pole later this week, triggering the start of the worst winter in many people’s lifetimes.”1 Brrr! These news reports […]

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2013

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Henry VIII’s eldest child, Queen Mary I, died. She was just forty-two years-old. After Easter 1558, Mary I made her will because she believed that she was pregnant. The birth should have been imminent because Philip departed in July 1557, yet there is no mention in the records of preparations being […]

New Historical Novel Launched – The Truth of the Line by Melanie V. Taylor

| November 13, 2013

New Historical Novel Launched – The Truth of the Line by Melanie V. Taylor

I reviewed Melanie V. Taylor’s historical novel The Truth of the Line back in March 2013 and I loved it, describing it as “a thrilling historical novel” and “a magical read”, so I was really excited when Melanie approached Tim (my husband and publisher) and asked if he would be willing to publish a re-edited […]