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17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| December 17, 2014

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 17th December 1559, Matthew Parker was consecrated as Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. Parker had been offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right for or fit enough for (he’d had a nasty fall from a […]

30 November 1601 – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

| November 30, 2014

30 November 1601 – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

On 30th November 1601, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, delivered her famous Golden Speech to the House of Commons, to address their concerns over England’s economic state of affairs. It was the last speech that she gave to Parliament, and in it she spoke of her position as Queen and […]

17 November 1558 – The Accession of Queen Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2014

17 November 1558 – The Accession of Queen Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, following the death of Queen Mary I early that morning, Mary’s 25 year-old half sister Elizabeth was proclaimed queen at around noon at Whitehall by by the Houses of Lords and Commons who had been in session that morning. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton was dispatched to Hatfield to give Elizabeth the news […]

10 September 1533 – Christening of the future Elizabeth I

| September 10, 2014

10 September 1533 – Christening of the future Elizabeth I

On Wednesday 10 September 1533, three days after her birth, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. You can read a primary source account of her christening in may article from last year – Elizabeth I’s Christening at the Church of Observant Friars. […]

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

| September 7, 2014

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

At 3pm on 7th September, less than two weeks after she had taken to her chamber at Greenwich Palace, Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a healthy baby girl: Elizabeth, named after grandmothers Elizabeth of York and Elizabeth Howard. The birth appears to have been straightforward and although Henry VIII must have been disappointed that […]

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn takes to her Chamber

| August 26, 2014

26 August 1533 – Anne Boleyn takes to her Chamber

One of the rituals associated with childbirth was called “taking her chamber”. A Tudor woman usually “took to her chamber”, or went into confinement, four to six weeks before her due date. Anne Boleyn took to her chamber on 26th August 1533, less than two weeks before Elizabeth was born. Elizabeth may have been premature, […]

Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech – 9 August 1588

| August 9, 2014

Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech – 9 August 1588

Although the remaining ships of the Spanish Armada were homeward bound, England was still expecting to be threatened by the troops of the Duke of Parma who could come across the English Channel as soon as the wind was favourable. Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, had invited Elizabeth I to visit the 8,000 men he […]

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2014

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

On 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury in her daughter’s reign, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. Parker was educated at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, where he […]