15 January 1559 – The Coronation of the Virgin Queen

| January 15, 2018

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle. Diarist and merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded: “The xv day was the coronation of queen Elizabeth at Westminster abbey, and there all […]

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

| November 17, 2017

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, died at St James’s Palace at the age of forty-two. Mary had named her half-sister, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth, as her heir and members of Mary’s council rushed to Hatfield to give the new queen the news of Mary’s death. On hearing […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

| September 10, 2017

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. She was baptised “Elizabeth” and would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. Her godparents were Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Centerbury; Agnes […]

7 September 1533 – A baby girl for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| September 7, 2017

7 September 1533 – A baby girl for Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, Sunday 7th September 1533, at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a baby girl at Greenwich Palace. Although the birth of a daughter instead of the predicted prince must have been a disappointment initially, both her parents delighted in their daughter. Of course, nobody could […]

26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

| August 26, 2017

26 August 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn prepares for childbirth

On this day in history, Tuesday 26th August 1533, Anne Boleyn, second wife and queen consort of King Henry VIII, prepared for the birth of her child by “taking her chamber”, i.e. entering a female only environment, for the final weeks of her pregnancy. It was usual for a woman in those times to take […]

31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

| July 31, 2017

31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

On this day in history, 31st July 1544, ten-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. It’s the earliest surviving letter written by the future Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Anne Everett Green, editor of Letters of […]

25 July 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are called names

| July 25, 2017

With his letter written on the Feast of St James (25th July) 1535, to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, who was Charles V’s advisor, Eustace Chapuys included an interesting post script. It was written in cipher, but said: “P.S.—He the other day nearly murdered his own fool, a simple and innocent man, because he happened to […]

60 second history – Elizabeth I

| April 6, 2017

60 second history – Elizabeth I

It’s the turn of Good Queen Bess, Gloriana and the Virgin Queen to get my 60-second history treatment! How on earth do you condense the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth I into 60 seconds? With difficulty, I can tell you! But hopefully, it will make people want to know more about her. As I’ve […]