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 […]

24 March 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies at Richmond

| March 24, 2017

24 March 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies at Richmond

On this day in history, 24th March 1603, the sixty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace. She had ruled for over 44 years. Here is an excerpt from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England on Elizabeth I: Elizabeth I was born on 7 September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. She was the daughter […]

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I is crowned

| January 15, 2017

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle, at Westminster Abbey. Diarist Henry Machyn recorded: “The xv day was the crounasyon [coronation] of quen Elsabeth at Westmynster abbay, and theyr all the trumpettes, and knyghtes, and […]

7 September 1533 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

| September 7, 2016

7 September 1533 – Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

483 years today, on the afternoon of 7th September 1533, Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, gave birth to a baby girl at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). Chronicler Edward Hall recorded the royal birth: “The vii. day of September beyng Sondaie, betwene thre and foure of the Clocke at after noone, the […]

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2016

Matthew Parker, a man “so much bound” to Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia. He was born the son of a worsted weaver but his destiny wasn’t weaving, Parker was destined for the Church and for royal service too. In around 1520, Parker began his studies at Corpus […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

1570 – The Excommunication of Elizabeth I

| February 25, 2016

1570 – The Excommunication of Elizabeth I

On 25th February 1570, Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was excommunicated by Pope Pius V. Here is the text of the Regnans in Excelsis, the papal bull, which was then published and copied in the months following: “The Damnation and Excommunication of Elizabeth Queen of England and her Adherents, with an […]