September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

On this day in Tudor history, 9th September 1513, during the reign of King Henry VIII and regency of Queen Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden took place. Henry VIII, who was busy campaigning in France, had appointed his wife, Catherine of Aragon, as regent while he was away. During her short regency, English […]

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and accession of King Charles III – The Queen is dead, long live the King!

The death of Queen Elizabeth II and accession of King Charles III – The Queen is dead, long live the King!

I was saddened yesterday to hear the news that Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning British monarch, had died at Balmoral Castle, Scotland. Even though the queen was 96, I was still shocked by the news – she was the only monarch I’ve known, and I admired her immensely. My thoughts are with the family. Here […]

September 8 – The death of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley

September 8 – The death of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley

On this day in Tudor history, 8th September 1560, in the reign of Elizabeth I, the dead body of Amy Robsart, wife of Elizabeth I’s favourite, Robert Dudley, was discovered. Amy was found at the bottom of some stairs in her rented home, Cumnor Place, in Oxfordshire. But what had happened to her? Had she […]

On This Day in History II is Out Today!

On This Day in History II is Out Today!

Yay! My latest book, On This Day in Tudor History II, has been released on kindle and in paperback today – woo hoo! I’m so very excited! The original On This Day in Tudor History book was published back in 2012, so ten years ago. I can’t quite believe it, but time does indeed fly, […]

September 7 – The birth of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

September 7 – The birth of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a healthy baby girl at Greenwich Palace. This daughter would, of course, grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, a queen who would rule England for over […]

Last chance to register for my Elizabeth I online event! Don’t miss out!

Last chance to register for my Elizabeth I online event! Don’t miss out!

There are just 24 hours to go until my Elizabeth I online event, “Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen”, starts! The event kicks off tomorrow with a talk from Dr Elizabeth Norton on the Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour Scandal, and a live-streamed talk and Q&A from me, Claire Ridgway, on Elizabeth I’s […]

September 6 – Martin Luther sends a pamphlet to the pope

September 6 – Martin Luther sends a pamphlet to the pope

On this day in Tudor history, 6th September 1520, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the famous reformer Martin Luther sent his pamphlet “On the Freedom of a Christian” (also known as “A Treatise on Christian Liberty”) to Pope Leo X. In this pamphlet, Luther emphasised the “two-fold nature” of Christians as saints and […]

Elizabeth I event schedule – 7-16 September plus bonus day and bonus talk

Elizabeth I event schedule – 7-16 September plus bonus day and bonus talk

There are just 2 days until “Elizabeth I, The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen”, my online event, so I thought I’d share with you a brief running order of the talks and Q&A sessions: Day 1 – Wednesday 7th September – Part 1 – The Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour Scandal – Talk by Dr […]