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 […]

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 […]