Welcome to the Elizabeth Files!

| April 5, 2018

Welcome to the Elizabeth Files website! This site has hundreds of articles and resources on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth ruled over England for over 44 years and has gone down in history for her Golden Age. Whatever you think of her, she is a […]

Elizabeth I’s Locket Ring on Display Now!

| June 22, 2012

Thank you so much to Tamise for alerting me to the fact that Elizabeth I’s famous locket ring is on display right now. The ring isn’t generally on display as it is kept at Chequers, the official country residence of the Prime Minister, so this is your chance to see it. It is part of […]

Francis Bacon

| January 22, 2012

Elizabeth I’s Death – 24 March 1603

| March 24, 2011

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I’s death was the end of an era in so many ways: the end of England’s Golden Age, the end of a long reign (over 44 years) and the end of […]

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 […]

The Babington Plot – A Play

| December 7, 2010

On BBC iPlayer at the moment, you can listen to Michael Butt’s documentary style drama about the Babington Plot, the plot to assassinate Elizabeth I and replace her with Mary Queen of Scots. The play was aired on BBC Radio 4 and it really is wonderful as different characters give their take on events, including […]

Elizabeth I Travels to London

| November 23, 2010

On this day in history, Wednesday 23rd November 1558, Elizabeth I left Hatfield and processed to London. David Starkey writes of how the procession “was a thousand strong” and Alison Weir describes how, as she travelled through Hertfordshire and Middlesex, Elizabeth was cheered by crowds of people lining the streets. I can imagine how excited […]

The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2010

On the 16th November 1558, at around midnight, Mary I received the last rites. A few hours later, at 6am on the morning of the 17th November, Mary heard mass in her bedchamber and was able to make the responses. At around 7am*, the first crowned Queen Regnant of England slipped away, she was just […]

Why Didn’t Elizabeth I Marry?

| November 3, 2010

In the final scene of Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth”, starring Cate Blanchett, we see Kat Ashley cutting Elizabeth’s hair off and Elizabeth making a dramatic entrance in front of her court dressed as a bride in an elaborate white gown, pearls (which symbolise purity), a red wig, a huge ruff and a whitened face. When Elizabeth […]

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger in the following articles:- RIP Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger