24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2015

24 March 1603 – The Death of Queen Elizabeth I

In the early hours of 24th March 1603, after a reign of 44 years and 127 days, Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty-nine. You can read all about her death, including a primary source account, in my article 24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I and you read […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

| March 30, 2014

Anne Boleyn, Mother of Elizabeth I

As it is Mothering Sunday in the UK, I wanted to share with you snippets from my chapter “Anne Boleyn the Mother” from The Anne Boleyn Collection II. The chapter goes into detail on the rituals and traditions associated with pregnancy and childbirth in Tudor times, but today I want to concentrate on what we […]