August 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

| August 3, 2022

August 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd August 1553, the newly proclaimed queen, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, processed through the streets of London. She was accompanied by her half-sister, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Mary had claimed the throne from Queen Jane, Lady Jane Grey, her […]

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

| July 31, 2022

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

On this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1544 and 1548, in the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, the future Queen Elizabeth I wrote letters to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. The letters were written at very different times in Elizabeth’s life. In 1544, Catherine was married to Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth […]

Elizabeth I online event news – Now 8 historians, first talk has gone live today, AND we have a zoom group call later!

| July 1, 2022

Elizabeth I online event news – Now 8 historians, first talk has gone live today, AND we have a zoom group call later!

I’m so excited about my latest online event, “Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen”. It officially starts in September but I’ve been holding weekly group discussions on the Starz series “Becoming Elizabeth” – which have been great fun and very enlightening – and today our first historian talk goes live on the […]

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 […]

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