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 […]

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2014

24 March 1603 – Death of Elizabeth I

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I’s death was the end of an era in so many ways: the end of England’s Golden Age, the end of a long reign (over 44 years) and the end of […]

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

| March 6, 2014

Lady Mary Scudamore (nee Shelton) by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Today we have a guest post from historical novelist Anne Clinard Barnhill, whose novel “Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter: A Novel of Elizabeth I” will be released on 18th March. When I began writing my first novel, AT THE MERCY OF THE QUEEN, I’d done tons of research about my ancestors, the Sheltons. As a matter of […]

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

| January 14, 2014

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

Elizabeth I left the Tower for her eve of coronation procession at 3pm on the 14th January 1559 in a cloth of gold covered litter carried by two mules. As she passed the Tower of London menagerie, Elizabeth prayed to God, thanking him for her deliverance, like that of Daniel from the lion’s den. Elizabeth […]

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2013

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Henry VIII’s eldest child, Queen Mary I, died. She was just forty-two years-old. After Easter 1558, Mary I made her will because she believed that she was pregnant. The birth should have been imminent because Philip departed in July 1557, yet there is no mention in the records of preparations being […]