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

| 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, […]

10 October 1562 – Elizabeth I Contracted Smallpox

| October 10, 2012

On 10th October 1562, the twenty-nine year-old Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. However, the cold developed into a violent fever and it became clear that the young queen actually had smallpox. Elizabeth became so seriously ill with the disease that it was […]

19th May 1554 – Elizabeth is Released from the Tower of London

| May 19, 2012

On the 19th May 1554, the future Elizabeth I was released from the Tower of London and escorted to Woodstock, where she was put under house-arrest. As Elizabeth walked out of the royal lodgings of the Tower, she must have thought of her mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, who had been beheaded exactly 18 years ago, […]

Death of Roger Ascham – 30 December 1568

| December 30, 2011

Scholar and royal tutor Roger Ascham died on this day in history, 30th December 1568, after being taken ill on the 23rd December probably with malaria. He was buried on the 4th January 1569 on the north side of St Sepulchre without Newgate, London, in the St Stephen’s chapel. Here are some facts about this […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is Christened at Greenwich

| September 9, 2011

19 May 1554 – Elizabeth Released from the Tower of London

| May 19, 2011

On this day in history, 19th May 1554, the 18th anniversary of her mother Anne Boleyn’s execution at the Tower of London, Elizabeth was released from her prison in the Tower of London and placed under house arrest. She had been a prisoner there since 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, after her half-sister, Queen Mary […]

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 […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Illegitimate Siblings

| March 18, 2011

In my previous article on Elizabeth I’s early life, Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background, I looked at Elizabeth’s immediate family, her parents and her half-brother and -sister, but I did not look at people who were alleged to be her illegitimate siblings. Today, I’m going to look at the children who could have […]

Elizabeth Taken to the Tower – 18 March 1554

| March 18, 2011

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, the twenty year old Lady Elizabeth was escorted to the Tower of London and imprisoned there. Can you imagine her terror, being taken to the place where her mother was imprisoned and executed? You can read all about it in my article “The Imprisonment of Elizabeth”.

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 […]