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 […]

31 July 1544 – An Incredible Letter

| July 31, 2014

31 July 1544 – An Incredible Letter

On 31st July 1544 ten year old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, who was acting as regent while Henry VIII was in France. Why do I call this letter incredible? Well, because not only is it beautiful to look at, being written in a […]

The Spanish Armada 1588

| July 30, 2014

The Spanish Armada 1588

Back in 2010 I did daily posts over at The Elizabeth Files counting down the events which led up to the defeat of the Spanish Armada in August 1588 during the reign of Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Here are links to the articles if you’re interested in reading more about […]

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 This superseded the 1534 Act of Succession, which had made Mary illegitimate and had appointed Elizabeth as heir to the throne.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 […]