Elizabeth I online event – Registration open now!

| June 13, 2022

Elizabeth I online event – Registration open now!

After the success of my previous two online events, I’m excited to announce my third, and it’s on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Anne Boleyn. “Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen” is a completely online event, so you can listen to expert talks and participate in Q&A sessions and chats from the […]

April 15 – The beginning of the end for Essex, a royal champion and a queen’s blows and evil words

| April 15, 2022

April 15 – The beginning of the end for Essex, a royal champion and a queen’s blows and evil words

On this day in Tudor history, 15th April 1599, Elizabeth I’s favourite, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was sworn in as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Unfortunately, Essex wasn’t at all happy about his appointment. He didn’t want to go to Ireland. Essex had to go and his time there was to be his undoing. […]

April 13 – Thomas More is in trouble, a priest harbouring countess, and a lenient gaoler

| April 13, 2022

April 13 – Thomas More is in trouble, a priest harbouring countess, and a lenient gaoler

On this day in Tudor history, 13th April 1534, Sir Thomas More got into a spot of bother, or rather a lot of bother, when he refused to swear his allegiance to the Act of Succession. This act of defiance, or rather of his conscience, would, of course, lead to More’s execution in 1535. You […]

March 21 – Elizabeth I takes to her bed and The end of Thomas Cranmer

| March 21, 2022

March 21 – Elizabeth I takes to her bed and The end of Thomas Cranmer

On this day in Tudor history, 21st March 1603, a dying Queen Elizabeth I finally took to her bed. Elizabeth I had been queen since November 1558, but now she was dying. She had deep-rooted melancholy, couldn’t sleep and was refusing to eat. She spent her days lying on cushions in her withdrawing chamber. But […]

March 18 – Elizabeth I is arrested and The birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| March 18, 2022

March 18 – Elizabeth I is arrested and The birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in Tudor history, 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, the twenty-year-old Lady Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth I) was escorted by barge from her home at Whitehall Palace along the River Thames to the Tower of London, and imprisoned there. Elizabeth had been implicated in Wyatt’s Rebellion, a rebellion that sought to depose […]

5 February – Elizabeth was under investigation and the birth of Sir Henry Brooke

| February 5, 2022

5 February – Elizabeth was under investigation and the birth of Sir Henry Brooke

On this day in Tudor history, 5th February 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, fifteen-year-old Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was summoned to appear before Sir Robert Tyrwhitt, who was keeping her under house arrest at Hatfield while the Crown investigated Thomas Seymour. Edward VI’s privy council were investigating whether Elizabeth was […]

23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

| January 23, 2022

23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd January 1571, after dining with its founder, Sir Thomas Gresham, Queen Elizabeth I opened the Royal Exchange in London. Find out more about the official opening, what the Royal Exchange was, why Gresham paid for its building, and what happened to it, in this talk… Also on this […]

31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

| December 31, 2021

31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

On this day in Tudor history, 31st December 1535, in the reign of Henry VIII, Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at Kilmainham in Dublin. Skeffington had become known as “the Gunner” following his use of heavy artillery while taking Maynooth Castle in County Kildare, where he killed, or had executed, the whole […]