23 December – Elizabeth I moves to a property her mother knew well and the burial of Nicholas Undall

Posted By on December 23, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd December 1558, just over a month after her accession, England’s new queen, Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, moved from Somerset House to Whitehall Palace, which became her principal residence.

Whitehall, formerly York Place, had once been home to her mother, Anne Boleyn, and had been the setting of Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII. I wonder if Elizabeth felt close to her mother there.

Find out more about Whitehall Palace, and also Somerset Place, the property Elizabeth left, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 23rd December 1556, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Nicholas Udall (Yevedale), schoolmaster, cleric, humanist and playwright, was buried at St Margaret’s, Westminster.

You can find out more about him and hear a ballad he wrote for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation celebrations in 1533, in this video…

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