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24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn’s daughter

| March 24, 2019

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn’s daughter

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

31 July 1544 – 10-year-old Elizabeth writes to her beloved stepmother

| July 31, 2018

31 July 1544 – 10-year-old Elizabeth writes to her beloved 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 […]

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

| March 24, 2018

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

On this day in history, 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace at the age of sixty-nine. She was the third of Henry’s children to be monarch but reigned for far longer than her siblings, ruling for 44 years and 127 days. […]

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 […]

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 […]

January 2016 Tudor Life magazine is out now

| December 31, 2015

January 2016 Tudor Life magazine is out now

The January 2016 edition of Tudor Life, the magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now! You can enjoy a taster/teaser over at the Tudor Society website – click here. It’s a special Elizabeth I edition – 40 of its 80 pages are devoted to the Virgin Queen, and its Elizabeth I themed articles include: […]