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 […]

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor – Guest Post by Elizabeth Norton

| December 11, 2015

The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor – Guest Post by Elizabeth Norton

A big welcome to historian Elizabeth Norton who joins us today for a guest post on the subject of her latest book The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor. Over to Elizabeth… June 1547. The court of Edward VI was stunned by the news that the queen dowager – Catherine Parr – had married the boy king’s […]

31st July 1544 – Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

| July 31, 2013

31st July 1544 – Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

The earliest surviving letter we have written by Elizabeth I was written on this day in 1544 when Elizabeth was aged ten. It was written in Italian and in an italic hand, and the recipient was Elizabeth’s stepmother, Queen Catherine Parr, who was acting as Regent while Henry VIII was in France. Here is a […]