Elizabeth I’s Reign – Just Survival?

| April 21, 2010

I have been reading G J Meyer’s The Tudors: The Complete Story of England’s Most Notorious Dynasty, which is an interesting read, but when I got to the part on Elizabeth my blood began to boil. It started off OK – it actually starts with Elizabeth I’s death – and Meyer writes of how, considering […]

Cecil’s Fast and Elizabeth I’s Navy

| January 20, 2010

I’ve been spending my evenings watching a DVD that my daughter had for Christmas, a TV series called “Tales from the Green Valley” which follows the progress of five archaeologists and historians as they run a farm just as it was run in the year 1620 when James I ruled. It is a wonderful series […]

Elizabeth I – England’s Greatest Monarch?

| December 15, 2009

I thought it would be good to move away from the myths, rumour and scandal that surround this great lady, and, as Rochie said in her comment a few weeks ago, look at Elizabeth I’s achievements, after all, isn’t that the way she should be remembered. Let’s give Good Queen Bess the credit she deserves! […]

Mary I’s Legacy

| August 21, 2009

Elizabeth I was the third of Henry VIII’s children to reign over England, following in the footsteps of her step-siblings Edward VI and Mary I, and although she must have been ecstatic to receive what was rightly hers she must also have been incredibly apprehensive. Why? Because England was in a pretty bad way. The […]