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 […]

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 […]