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 […]

10 September 1533 – The Christening of the future Elizabeth I

| September 10, 2015

10 September 1533 – The Christening of the future Elizabeth I

Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth I and daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened on Wednesday 10th September 1533 at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. She was just three days old, having been born on 7th September. Her godparents were Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Centerbury; Agnes Howard (nee Tylney), Dowager […]

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

| September 7, 2015

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

On 7th September 1533, at three o’clock in the afternoon and less than two weeks after she had taken to her chamber, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, gave birth to her first child at Greenwich Palace (Palace of Placentia). The baby was a daughter and was “a beautiful infant with natural coloring […] beautiful […]