Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2016

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia. He was born the son of a worsted weaver but his destiny wasn’t weaving, Parker was destined for the Church and for royal service too. In around 1520, Parker began his studies at Corpus […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

1570 – The Excommunication of Elizabeth I

| February 25, 2016

1570 – The Excommunication of Elizabeth I

On 25th February 1570, Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. Here is the text of the Regnans in Excelsis, the papal bull, which was then published and copied in the months following: “The Damnation and Excommunication of Elizabeth Queen of England and her Adherents, with an […]

15 January 1559 – The coronation of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1559 – The coronation of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle, at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth was just twenty-five years old and would be the longest reigning Tudor monarch, ruling England for over forty-four years. She has gone […]

January 2016 Tudor Life magazine is out now

| December 31, 2015

January 2016 Tudor Life magazine is out now

The January 2016 edition of Tudor Life, the magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now! You can enjoy a taster/teaser over at the Tudor Society website – click here. It’s a special Elizabeth I edition – 40 of its 80 pages are devoted to the Virgin Queen, and its Elizabeth I themed articles include: […]

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor – Guest Post by Elizabeth Norton

| December 11, 2015

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor – Guest Post by Elizabeth Norton

A big welcome to historian Elizabeth Norton who joins us today for a guest post on the subject of her latest book The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor. Over to Elizabeth… June 1547. The court of Edward VI was stunned by the news that the queen dowager – Catherine Parr – had married the boy king’s […]

My Favourite Ruin: Kenilworth Castle and a giveaway

| December 1, 2015

My Favourite Ruin: Kenilworth Castle and a giveaway

On the second stop of the book tour for Tudor Places of Great Britain I’m over at QueenAnneBoleyn.com sharing an article about the ruins of Kenilworth Castle and why this castle has a big place in my heart. I hope you enjoy it. There’s also another chance to win a copy of my book, so […]

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2015

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at St James’s Palace, London. She was just forty-two years of age and had reigned for only five years and four months. She passed the throne on to her half-sister, Elizabeth, the twenty-five year-old daughter of […]