Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

| July 31, 2012

On 31st July 1544, the future Elizabeth I wrote her earliest surviving letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. It was written in Italian and in a beautiful italic hand. Elizabeth wrote: “Inimical fortune, envious of all good and ever revolving human affairs, has deprived me for a whole year of your most illustrious presence, and, […]

20 January 1569 – Death of Miles Coverdale, Bible Translator

| January 20, 2012

On this day in history, 20th January 1569, the famous Bible translator and Bishop of Exeter Miles Coverdale died after preaching a sermon at St Magnus the Martyr. He was not meant to be preaching that day but there was no preacher for that church service. David Daniell, in his article on Coverdale, quotes from […]

Mary Seymour, Daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

| June 21, 2011

I just wanted to share with you news of an article by historian Linda Porter in which she shares a poem that may just solve the puzzle of the fate of little Mary Seymour, the daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, who disappears from the records before her second birthday. You can read my […]

Thomas Seymour’s Execution – 20 March 1549

| March 20, 2011

On this day in history, the 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr and brother of Queen Jane Seymour and Protector Somerset, was executed for treason after being charged with thirty-three counts of treason. He had been causing the King’s Council […]

RIP Catherine Parr

| September 5, 2010

In the early hours of the 5th September 1548, a woman who had had a profound influence on the teenage Elizabeth, as a stepmother and friend, died aged just 36. I have written about her death over at The Anne Boleyn Files – see “The Death of Catherine Parr” – and I hope that we […]

Act of Uniformity 1559

| May 8, 2010

On the 8th May 1559, Queen Elizabeth I gave her approval to the Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy which had been passed by Parliament on the 29th April. The Act of Uniformity made Protestantism England’s official faith, established a form of worship which is still followed in English Parish churches today and showed the country […]

Katherine the Queen by Linda Porter

| April 16, 2010

Historian and author Linda Porter concludes her Katherine Parr biography with:- “The adult Elizabeth was very much the product of Katherine Parr. Her education, her religious beliefs, her consciousness of personal image owed much to her stepmother who guided and loved her during those formative years. Katherine had brought up a talented and determined girl, […]

The Mirror of the Sinful Soul

| April 1, 2010

Today, on Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday), the day we commemorate the Last Supper which Jesus Christ shared with his disciples, I thought it was fitting to look at “Le miroir de l’ame pecheresse” or “The Mirror (Glass) of the Sinful Soul”, the religious poem which Elizabeth translated as a gift for her stepmother Catherine […]

The Execution of Thomas Seymour

| March 20, 2010

On this day in history, 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour the 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, was beheaded after being found guilty of treason. Thomas Seymour was a very dissatisfied man. Although he was Lord High Admiral and had been the husband of Katherine Parr, the dowager queen, his brother Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of […]

Elizabeth I and Mother Figures

| March 12, 2010

I’ve just written an article over at The Anne Boleyn Files, entitled “Anne Boleyn: The Mother”, looking at Anne’s short time as Elizabeth’s mother, which you may be interested in reading – click here. It’s hard to know whether Elizabeth had any memories of her mother at all, with her mother dying when Elizabeth was […]