Elizabeth I: The Secret Life

| November 27, 2011

Thanks so much to Carol-Ann for letting me know about this programme which will be aired on the National Geographic channel in the UK at 9pm on Wednesday 30th November. According to the TV listing, this programme is “A look at the monarch’s life, examining claims of illegitimacy, adultery and even the possibility that she was […]

Elizabeth I and the Blarney Stone

| March 17, 2011

A very Happy St Patrick’s Day to all of our Irish visitors! Hope you have a great day and please enjoy a pint of Guinness for me! Thanks to Paudie Kennelly for telling me about this legend. On the Wikipedia page for the Blarney Stone, that famous block of bluestone in Ireland, it says that […]

The Old Myths Regurgitated – The Bisley Boy and More

| January 27, 2011

I wasn’t able to watch the National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” but many people have contacted me to let me know what “secrets” it looked at. It sounds like it was a programme concentrating on the salacious rumours and myths that surround Elizabeth and her personal life – can’t they come up […]

Secrets of the Virgin Queen

| January 25, 2011

Just a quickie post to let those of you who get the National Geographic Channel know that “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” is being aired tonight – TUE JAN 25 9P National Geographic say of the programme:- “They called her the Virgin Queen England’s first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet […]

The Case of Amy Robsart – A Tudor Whodunnit?

| November 19, 2010

As promised, I want to share with you what was said in last night’s Channel Five “Revealed” programme, “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair”. I wrote copious notes so that I didn’t miss anything and I have divided the different topics into sections so that it is easy for you to take in. The programme featured […]

Mary Queen of Scots – Tragic Heroine?

| October 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th October 1586, four days after a commission had found Mary Queen of Scots guilty of conspiring to assassinate Elizabeth I, Parliament met to discuss her fate. It was decided that Elizabeth should be petitioned to execute Mary. In my previous article on Mary Queen of Scots, “The Trial of […]

The Spanish Armada 8 – Elizabeth’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2010

On the 9th August 1588 (old calendar) Elizabeth I appeared before her troops gathered at Tilbury. In her article “The Myth of Elizabeth at Tilbury”, Susan Frye, writes that there are no reliable eye-witness accounts regarding Elizabeth I’s appearance on that day, but that tradition places the Queen in armour, giving a rousing speech – […]

The Marriage of Robert Dudley and Amy Robsart

| June 4, 2010

On this day in history, the 4th June 1550 (some sources say the 5th), Robert Dudley married Amy Robsart at the royal palace of Sheen at Richmond, near London. The marriage was attended by the then king, Edward VI. Both Amy and Dudley were a few days short of their 18th birthdays when they got […]

A Response to “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Files visitor Christine Hartweg has read Chris Skidmore’s “Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart” and here are her views on the book, Skidmore’s theories and the evidence he presents – she wrote them as a comment but I wanted to share them with all of you in […]

Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?

| February 22, 2010

According to a report in yesterday’s “Daily Mail”, entitled “Did Elizabeth I’s lover have wife killed so he could wed the Virgin Queen?”, new evidence has been uncovered which supports the theory that Robert Dudley arranged the murder of his wife, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart), so that he was free to marry Elizabeth I. Amy’s […]