17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

Elizabeth and Robert: A Dangerous Liaison

| February 8, 2011

Today, we have a guest post from C W Gorner, author of “The Last Queen”, “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici” and the recently released “The Tudor Secret”, the first book in a series called the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. You can read my review of “The Tudor Secret” over at our Tudor Book Review […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elizabeth and Leicester – Bess and Robin

| August 3, 2010

After reading Jeane Westin’s wonderful novel about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley, the Earl of Leicester, I asked Jeane her opinion on two questions:- Why didn’t Elizabeth and Leicester marry? Was what they felt true love? Jeane has kindly written a guest article for The Elizabeth Files answering these questions – thank […]

His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester

| August 2, 2010

Just a quick post to say that I have written a review of Jeane Westin’s “His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester” over at our Tudor Book Review site. You can read the full review here but here is an excerpt:- “Having previously read and loved Jeane Westin’s “The Virgin’s Daughters: In […]

The Armada Portrait

| June 23, 2010

Following on from last week’s article “Elizabeth I – Queen of PR”, I thought it would be good to start our examination of Elizabeth I portraits with the famous Armada portrait. This portrait is by an unknown artist (possibly George Gower) and was painted circa 1588, the same year as Elizabeth I’s defeat of the […]

Elizabeth I – Queen of PR

| June 17, 2010

A few months ago I wrote an article entitled “Elizabeth I’s Image” which was based on the BBC series “The Seven Ages of Britain”, a series which looked at Britain’s history through its art and treasure. In that article I mentioned how Elizabeth I, like her father Henry VIII, used her portraits as propaganda, as […]

The Cambridge Connections – Part 2

| June 7, 2010

This is the second part of author Robert Parry’s examination of the “Cambridge Connections” which Anne Boleyn gave her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, when she asked her chaplain Matthew Parker to look after Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. The Cambridge Connections – Part 2 by Robert Parry In part two of this […]

Elizabeth and the Mystery of the A Necklace

| May 27, 2010

My trip to Hampton Court Palace last week enabled me to check on something that I had read in Alison Weir’s “Henry VIII: The King and His Court”. In that book, Weir writes of how Anne Boleyn had three initial pendants: her famous B necklace, an AB necklace and an A necklace, and points out […]

Act of Uniformity 1559

| May 8, 2010

On the 8th May 1559, Queen Elizabeth I gave her approval to the Acts of Uniformity and Supremacy which had been passed by Parliament on the 29th April. The Act of Uniformity made Protestantism England’s official faith, established a form of worship which is still followed in English Parish churches today and showed the country […]