Yay! I didn’t think we were going to be able to do a calendar so I’m very happy to share this news because so many of you have been asking for order details. The past couple of years we’ve been having the calendars printed by a local printer here in Spain and dispatching them from here, but as we can’t leave our village and get to the printer or post office, we’ve had to change our plans!
We decided to use Lulu.com who do print-on-demand. We’ve used them before and their calendars have always been excellent quality, and the shipping has always been quick and efficient.
Specifications: US Letter Landscape (11 x 8.5 in / 279 x 216 mm), 26 Pages, Color Premium, 100# (270 GSM) White Paper, Wire-O, Glossy Cover.
On 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of forty-two. Mary left the throne to her half-sister, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn.
According to tradition, Elizabeth was reading under an oak tree in the parkland of her estate at Hatfield – although I have to say, knowing British weather, rather her than me! – when she received news of Mary’s death and her accession. Elizabeth sank to her knees and uttered in Latin a verse from Psalm 118, which translated to “This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”.
It is a wonderful story, and Cate Blanchett did an excellent job in that scene in the movie “Elizabeth”, although they show Elizabeth inside and then going outside to greet the councillors, which was far more sensible:
I’ve done two “on this day” videos about 17th November 1558, the second one giving an alternative account of Elizabeth’s speech on her accession:
And my Elizabeth I playlist:
I wonder how Elizabeth felt on that day in 1558? A mixture of grief and happiness? Relief? Victorious? Scared? Happy?
Great news! A new three-part series on Anne Boleyn presented by historian Tracy Borman will air on Channel 5 on 24th, 25th and 26th November. It’s called the Fall of Anne Boleyn and the three episodes cover her arrest, trial and execution in 1536. Tracy will be retracing Anne’s steps, hour by hour, in those […]
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In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]
Happy Halloween! I hope you have a lovely and safe Hallowtide. This year, things are so very different, aren’t they? Here, where we are, our local townhall has had to ban trick or treating in our village and instead give out wrapped sweets in sealed bags to local children who dress up and attend the […]
On this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, sweetheart of Henry VIII and a woman who’d just been made Marquess of Pembroke, set off on an important trip. Anne Boleyn was accompanying the king, acting as his consort, on a trip to Calais to meet King Francis I of France. Henry VIII wanted […]
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