15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

| January 15, 2019

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

15th January has two very important “on this day in Tudor history” events. On 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. This followed the passing of the Act of Supremacy in November 1534. Click here to read more about this. Twenty-four years later, on […]

15 January 1559 – The Coronation of the Virgin Queen

| January 15, 2018

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle. Diarist and merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded: “The xv day was the coronation of queen Elizabeth at Westminster abbey, and there all […]

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 […]

15 January 1559 – The coronation of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1559 – The coronation of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle, at Westminster Abbey. Elizabeth was just twenty-five years old and would be the longest reigning Tudor monarch, ruling England for over forty-four years. She has gone […]

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s coronation and the choice of date

| January 15, 2015

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s coronation and the choice of date

At 12pm on January 15th 1559*, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England, a huge achievement for the second daughter of Henry VIII and the daughter of a woman executed as a traitor and adulteress. As someone who is fascinated by Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, I find it ironic and also wonderful that it is […]

14 January 1559 – The Coronation Procession of Elizabeth I

| January 14, 2015

14 January 1559 – The Coronation Procession of Elizabeth I

At 3pm on 14th January 1559, Elizabeth I, who had been queen since the death of her half-sister Mary on 17th November 1558, left the Tower of London in a litter of cloth of gold carried by two mules. Sir John Neale wrote in the introduction to The Quenes Maiesties Passage through the Citie of […]

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I is Crowned Queen

| January 15, 2014

15 January 1559 – Elizabeth I is Crowned Queen

On this day in history, the 15th January 1559, at 12pm, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen. She was the third of Henry VIII’s children to become monarch and she was the last of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth had inherited the throne from her half-sister Mary I, who had died on the 17th November 1558, and […]

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

| January 14, 2014

14 January 1559 – Elizabeth I’s Coronation Procession

Elizabeth I left the Tower for her eve of coronation procession at 3pm on the 14th January 1559 in a cloth of gold covered litter carried by two mules. As she passed the Tower of London menagerie, Elizabeth prayed to God, thanking him for her deliverance, like that of Daniel from the lion’s den. Elizabeth […]