24 March 1603 – Queen Elizabeth I dies at Richmond Palace

| March 24, 2020

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 […]

17 November – This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes

| November 17, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 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 at St James’s Palace in London. She had been queen for just five years and four months. Mary passsed the throne on to her twenty-five-year-old […]

The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel with Loretta Goldberg plus special price!

| June 20, 2019

The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel with Loretta Goldberg plus special price!

Historical novelist Loretta Goldberg has made this wonderful video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel about her Elizabethn spy novel The Reversible Mask, which is a wonderful read. In her video, Loretta talks about her book, an Elizabethan spy novel, and then treats us to an excerpt. Here’s the book blurb […]

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 […]