25 February – Elizabeth I is excommunicated and The execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

| February 25, 2022

25 February – Elizabeth I is excommunicated and The execution of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex

On this day in Tudor history, 25th February 1570, Pope Pius V issued the papal bull “Regnans in Excelsis”. This bull not only excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I, it also freed her Catholic subjects from their allegiance to her and called on the English people to disobey her orders, mandates and laws. It threatened excommunication for […]

8 February – The Queen’s favourite rebels and the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

| February 8, 2022

8 February – The Queen’s favourite rebels and the Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 8th February 1601, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and Queen Elizabeth I’s former favourite, did a rather foolish thing and raised a rebellion against the queen and her council. Spoilers: It didn’t go well and he ended up being executed as a traitor. Find out exactly what happened […]

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2021

30 October – Elizabeth I’s refusal to renew Robert Devereux and the coronation of Henry VII

On this day in Tudor history, 30th October 1600, Queen Elizabeth I refused to renew Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex’s monopoly on sweet wines, saying that “an unruly horse must be abated of his provender, that he may be the easier and better managed.” It may not sound like a major event, but it […]