Welcome to the Elizabeth Files!

Posted By on April 5, 2018

Welcome to the Elizabeth Files website!

This site has hundreds of articles and resources on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth ruled over England for over 44 years and has gone down in history for her Golden Age. Whatever you think of her, she is a fascinating queen and had a major impact on the history of the UK.

This site is run by Claire Ridgway, Tudor history author and founder of The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society. Claire also leads Tudor history-themed tours for British History Tours.

Claire has a YouTube channel with lots of Tudor history videos for you to enjoy.

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William Shakespeare’s resting place

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Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon is the resting place of the Bard, William Shakespeare.

It’s one of the places that Philippa and I are visiting with our group on the September 2018 Discover the Tudors Tour – find out more at Thttps://www.britishhistorytours.com/history-tours/discover-the-tudors

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Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I

In this video, I talk about the haunting ruins of about Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I’s visit there in 1575. It’s one of the places that Philippa and I are visiting with our group on the September 2018 Discover the Tudors Tour – find out more at Thttps://www.britishhistorytours.com/history-tours/discover-the-tudors

London Charterhouse

London Charterhouse is a beautiful Tudor property in London. It has been a Carthusian monastery and a Tudor mansion, and Elizabeth I even stayed there. Find out more about it in this video from Philippa Brewell. It’s one of the places that Philippa and I are visiting with our group on the September 2018 Discover […]

Hampton Court Palace

Find out more about this beautiful Tudor palace in this video from Philippa Brewell. It’s one of the places that Philippa and I are visiting with our group on the September 2018 Discover the Tudors Tour – find out more at Thttps://www.britishhistorytours.com/history-tours/discover-the-tudors

Hatfield House

My dear friend Philippa Brewell talks about the history of Hatfield House… It’s one of the places that Philippa and I are visiting with our group on the September 2018 Discover the Tudors Tour – find out more at Thttps://www.britishhistorytours.com/history-tours/discover-the-tudors

24 September 1589 – Executions of William Spenser and Robert Hardesty at York

24 September 1589 – Executions of William Spenser and Robert Hardesty at York

On 24th September 1589, William Spenser, Roman Catholic priest and martyr, and layman Robert Hardesty were executed at York. Spenser was executed for being a priest, and Hardesty for sheltering Spenser. In his Examination of Fox’s Calendar of Protestant Saints, Martyrs etc. etc. Contrasted with a Biographical Sketch of Catholic Missionary Priests and others Executed […]

8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley

8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley

On Sunday 8th September 1560, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart) died at Cumnor Place near Abingdon, her rented accommodation. Her death is rather a mystery. Her body was found at the foot of the stairs when her servants returned from their day out at the Abingdon Fair and although the coroner ruled that Amy, “being alone […]

7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

On 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace. Her parents were King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. Her birth, although initially a disappointment, was a joyous occasion, but nobody on that September day realised that this baby would grow up to be a great Queen of England, […]

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birth

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birth

Although it is not actually known which day in 1564 William Shakespeare was born, his birth is celebrated on 23rd April because he was baptised on 26th April and baptism usually took place around three days after birth. It is also St George’s Day, so it seems a fitting day to pay tribute to the […]