Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth I!

| September 7, 2021

Happy Birthday to Queen Elizabeth I!

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn gave birth to a daughter at Greenwich Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded the royal birth, writing, “The vii. day of September beyng Sondaie, betwene thre and foure of the Clocke at after noone, the Quene was delivered of a faire Lady […]”. He […]

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Matthew Parker’s meeting – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 26, 2021

26 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Matthew Parker’s meeting – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 26th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn had a meeting with her chaplain, Matthew Parker. The words she spoke to him that day, just six days before her arrest, had such an impact on him that they stayed with him for the rest of his life and made him take […]

Happy Mothering Sunday!

| March 14, 2021

Happy Mothering Sunday!

Happy Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day to all those in countries celebrating today! I hope you have a wonderful day celebrating. I always find it sad that Anne Boleyn didn’t have much chance to be a mother, and being queen made it difficult anyway, when the child was whisked off away from court to their […]

Music for Elizabeth I – Court Music from her Reign – New album out now!

| November 27, 2020

Music for Elizabeth I – Court Music from her Reign – New album out now!

Thank you to composer and music producer Roberto Lorenzo for writing this guest article for us to celebrate the release of his new album, “Music for Elizabeth I – Court music from her reign”, which came out on 21st November 2020. Over to Roberto… While creating the album “Music for Anne Boleyn”, I was amazed […]

17 November 1558 – Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth, becomes queen

| November 17, 2020

17 November 1558 – Anne Boleyn’s daughter, Elizabeth, becomes queen

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 birth of Queen Elizabeth I on 7 September 1533

| September 7, 2020

The birth of Queen Elizabeth I on 7 September 1533

Today is the 487th anniversary of the birth of Queen Elizabeth I, a woman known as Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, and the Virgin Queen, and whose reign has been known as a Golden Age. The iconic monarch who ruled England for over 44 years was, of course, the daughter of Queen Anne Boleyn, the second […]

New 2021 Anne Boleyn Experience and Elizabeth I Experience Tours!

| July 8, 2020

New 2021 Anne Boleyn Experience and Elizabeth I Experience Tours!

If you’re anything like me, then you are fed up of 2020! What a year, and we’re only in July! One of the things that is helping keeping me going at the moment is the thought of next year’s tours. As you know, I co-lead luxury historical tours with Philippa Lacey Brewell of British History […]

24 March 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies at Richmond Palace

| March 24, 2020

24 March 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies at Richmond Palace

On this day in Tudor history, 24th March 1603, sixty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth I, the only daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, “departed from this life, mildly like a lamb” at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I had ruled England for over forty-four years, since 17th November 1558, and her reign has gone down in history as […]