Posted By claire on September 8, 2013
Unknown lady by Levina Teerlinc, some say it is Amy Robsart
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 in a certain chamber… accidentally fell precipitously down”, there were rumours and mutterings that her husband, Robert Dudley, and even Queen Elizabeth I, had been poisoning Amy and had arranged her death.
You can read more about her death in my article 8 September 1560 – The Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart
Posted By claire on September 7, 2013
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, a queen who would rule for over 44 years and who would be known for her Golden Age and England’s defeat of the Spanish Armada: the iconic Elizabeth I.
You can find out more about her and her reign on this website – use the Google Search box for specific topics, or the “Categories” section in the left-hand side menu.
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 […]
On this day in history, 26th February 1564, Christopher Marlowe, poet, translator and playwright, was baptised at St George’s Canterbury. Marlowe’s works included Tamburlaine, Dr Faustus, The Jew of Malta and The Passionate Shepherd to his Love. Marlovians believe that Marlowe was responsible for the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Here are two clips from […]
On this day in history, on the morning of the 8th February 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was escorted to the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle and executed by beheading. You can read more about Mary’s execution in my article “The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots” and about Mary herself in the following articles: […]
On 22nd January 1552, between 8am and 9am, the former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Seymour, was executed on Tower Hill. He had been arrested on 11th October 1549, his charges, in the words of his nephew, Edward VI, being: “ambition, vainglory, entering into rash wars in mine youth, negligent looking on […]
At midday on January 15th 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey – Long Live the Queen! I have written about Elizabeth’s coronation previously and here links to them, including an article about Dr John Dee’s astrological Coronation chart: The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559 Elizabeth I’s Coronation […]
On this day in history, 30th November 1601, Elizabeth I delivered her famous Golden Speech to the House of Commons, addressing their concerns over England’s economic state of affairs. It was her final speech to Parliament and in it she spoke of her love and respect for her realm and for her members of Parliament. […]
“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to have been uttered by Elizabeth I as she sank to her knees under a great oak tree at Hatfield Palace. She had just received the news that her half-sister, Mary I, was dead and that […]
I just wanted to alert you to a guest post and giveaway over at The Anne Boleyn Files. Historical fiction author Jeane Westin gives a behind-the-scenes look at an historical novelist’s life and is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Spymaster’s Daughter, which is all about Sir Francis Walsingham’s daughter, Frances. Click […]