Elizabeth I’s Coronation – 15 January 1559

| January 15, 2013

At midday on January 15th 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey – Long Live the Queen! I have written about Elizabeth’s coronation previously and here links to them, including an article about Dr John Dee’s astrological Coronation chart: The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559 Elizabeth I’s Coronation […]

30 November 1601 – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

| November 30, 2012

On this day in history, 30th November 1601, Elizabeth I delivered her famous Golden Speech to the House of Commons, addressing their concerns over England’s economic state of affairs. It was her final speech to Parliament and in it she spoke of her love and respect for her realm and for her members of Parliament. […]

15th January 1559 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

| January 15, 2012

On the 15th January 1559, a day chosen by her astrologer Dr John Dee, a triumphant Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, processed from Westminster Hall into Westminster Abbey to be crowned queen. She was just 25 years old and was the third child of Henry VIII to become monarch and was […]

Glamour in Austerity

| January 3, 2012

Thank you so much to Evangelia Palios on Twitter for telling me about Lisa Jardine’s radio programme “Glamour in Austerity” which follows on from the article I mentioned in my last post Elizabeth I’s Use of Dress as a Political Tool. You can listen to the programme via BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018h188#synopsis and the blurb […]

Sir Francis Drake Sets Off on his Circumnavigation – 13 December 1577

| December 13, 2011

On this day in history, 13th December 1577,  Sir Francis Drake finally left Plymouth with his fleet of five ships on a journey which would see him circumnavigating the Globe. Storm damage to two of his ships had scuppered earlier plans. The purpose of this journey was to sail into the Pacific and raid the […]

Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

| December 1, 2011

Apologies for not posting about Elizabeth I’s famous Golden Speech yesterday on its 410th anniversary, yesterday was just one of those days! You can find diarist Hayward Townshend’s version of the speech in our Speeches section under Resources – click here and it is an amazing speech. Elizabeth delivered it to the House of Commons […]

17th November 1558 – Elizabeth I Becomes Queen

| November 17, 2011

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Mary I died after a reign of just five years and Elizabeth I came to the throne and ruled for over 44 years. One sister has gone down in history as “Bloody Mary” and the other as the queen who brought in a golden age and who […]

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

| September 7, 2011

On this day in history, 7th September 1533, Elizabeth Tudor, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was born at Greenwich Palace. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and even though today people from all over the world, from all walks of life, recognise her from her iconic portraits and […]

8 May 1559 – Act of Uniformity

| May 8, 2011

Apologies for not writing much on here at the moment, I’m rather caught up with the countdown to the execution of Elizabeth I’s mother, Anne Boleyn, on 19th May 1536 over at The Anne Boleyn Files and also preparing for the upcoming Executed Queens Tour.   Anyway, on the 8th May 1559, Queen Elizabeth I […]

Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard – April 1587

| April 19, 2011

On the 19th April 1587 Sir Francis Drake entered the harbour of Cadiz on the Spanish coast and led a pre-emptive strike on the Spanish fleet, destroying a number of ships (20-30) and their supplies, and causing the planned Spanish attack on England to be postponed for over a year. Drake referred to this successful […]