24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2015

24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

In the early hours of 24th March 1603, after a reign of 44 years and 127 days, Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty-nine. You can read all about her death, including a primary source account, in my article 24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I and you read […]

Happy Mothering Sunday!

| March 15, 2015

Happy Mothering Sunday!

Happy Mothering Sunday to all those celebrating this special day today. Have a wonderful day and I hope you get thoroughly pampered. I wanted to share with you snippets I shared last year from my book The Anne Boleyn Collection II regarding what we know about Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth, as mother and daughter. Click […]

Giveaway – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

| March 5, 2015

Giveaway – God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England

World Book Day seems a fitting day for the release of the UK paperback edition of God’s Traitors: Terror and Faith in Elizabethan England by Jessie Childs. I reviewed the hardback edition back in May 2014 and said “This is the best history book I’ve read in the last few months. I just can’t say […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 6 – The Cor Rotto Letter

| January 24, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 6 – The Cor Rotto Letter

For day 6 of her virtual book tour for Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, Adrienne Dillard is stopping by Susan Higginbotham’s blog with an article on the Cor Rotto letter, which I’m sure you’ll find fascinating. Click here to read the article now and also to enter the giveaway – there’s a copy […]

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s coronation and the choice of date

| January 15, 2015

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s coronation and the choice of date

At 12pm on January 15th 1559*, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England, a huge achievement for the second daughter of Henry VIII and the daughter of a woman executed as a traitor and adulteress. As someone who is fascinated by Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, I find it ironic and also wonderful that it is […]

14 January 1559 – The Coronation Procession of Elizabeth I

| January 14, 2015

14 January 1559 – The Coronation Procession of Elizabeth I

At 3pm on 14th January 1559, Elizabeth I, who had been queen since the death of her half-sister Mary on 17th November 1558, left the Tower of London in a litter of cloth of gold carried by two mules. Sir John Neale wrote in the introduction to The Quenes Maiesties Passage through the Citie of […]

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 […]