17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

| September 7, 2012

Today marks the 479th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s birth on 7th September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. How wonderful that nearly 500 years after her birth, we are still discussing her, admiring her and holding her in our hearts! Elizabeth was a disappointment at her birth, in that she was not the predicted and hoped for […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is Christened at Greenwich

| September 9, 2011

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background

| March 4, 2011

Recently, I’ve had a few people asking me about Elizabeth I’s early life, so I decided to do a series on Elizabeth’s life leading up to her accession to the throne on the 17th November 1558. Today, I am going to look at her background. Elizabeth I’s Birth Elizabeth I was born at around 3pm […]

The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

| February 1, 2011

In a letter to the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, in 1549, regarding her governess Kat Ashley’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, Elizabeth famously wrote:- “We are more bound to them that bringeth us up well, than to our parents, for our parents do that which is natural for them, that is bringeth us into […]

Elizabeth I’s Christening – 10th September 1533

| September 10, 2010

On this day in history, Wednesday 10th September 1533, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. Elizabeth was just 3 days old, having been born on the 7th September, when she was processed along a carpet of green rushes from the Great Hall […]

7th September 1533 – The Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

| September 7, 2010

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of the 7th September at Greenwich Palace, a great Queen was born. This little red-haired, dark eyed girl was born to King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn, Bluff King Hal and the woman who was later maligned by history and called “The Whore”. Her birth, although initially a […]

Elizabeth and Leicester – Bess and Robin

| August 3, 2010

After reading Jeane Westin’s wonderful novel about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, I asked Jeane her opinion on two questions:- Why didn’t Elizabeth and Leicester marry? Was what they felt true love? Jeane has kindly written a guest article for The Elizabeth Files answering these questions – thank […]

The Cambridge Connections – Part 2

| June 7, 2010

This is the second part of author Robert Parry’s examination of the “Cambridge Connections” which Anne Boleyn gave her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, when she asked her chaplain Matthew Parker to look after Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. The Cambridge Connections – Part 2 by Robert Parry In part two of this […]

The Cambridge Connections

| June 2, 2010

Back at the beginning of May, I wrote an article entitled “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” where I mentioned the fact that Anne Boleyn asked her chaplain, Matthew Parker, on the 26th April 1536 to ensure that her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was looked after if anything happened to Anne. This request is important […]

Elizabeth and the Mystery of the A Necklace

| May 27, 2010

My trip to Hampton Court Palace last week enabled me to check on something that I had read in Alison Weir’s “Henry VIII: The King and His Court”. In that book, Weir writes of how Anne Boleyn had three initial pendants: her famous B necklace, an AB necklace and an A necklace, and points out […]