17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

July 1575 – Elizabeth I’s Visit to Kenilworth Castle

| July 9, 2011

Between the 9th and 27th July 1575, the 41 year old Elizabeth I visited the home of her friend and favourite, Robert Dudley the Earl of Leicester, Kenilworth Castle. This visit may have been Dudley’s last ditch attempt to woo his Queen and persuade her to marry him, and he pulled out all the stops […]

19 May 1554 – Elizabeth Released from the Tower of London

| May 19, 2011

On this day in history, 19th May 1554, the 18th anniversary of her mother Anne Boleyn’s execution at the Tower of London, Elizabeth was released from her prison in the Tower of London and placed under house arrest. She had been a prisoner there since 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, after her half-sister, Queen Mary […]

28 April 1603 – Funeral of Elizabeth I

| April 28, 2011

I apologise for not writing a new article on today, the anniversary of Elizabeth I’s funeral in 1603, but I don’t think Elizabeth would mind as I’m knee deep in primary sources to do with the fall of her mother, Anne Boleyn, in 1536 and also getting ready for a party to celebrate the wedding […]

The Tower of London

| September 22, 2010

Just a quick post to let you know about a wonderful article on the Daily Mail website which gives information about the Ceremony of the Keys and also the history of the royal menagerie, the animals that were housed at the Tower from the reign of King John in the 13th century until the last […]

Elizabeth I and Somerset House

| July 30, 2010

On this day in history, the 30th July 1553, Princess Elizabeth left her new home, Somerset House, to ride to Wanstead and greet her half-sister, Mary, England’s new queen. Princess Elizabeth had moved into Somerset House, a house just off The Strand, on the north bank of the River Thames, just the previous day. Mary […]

The Spanish Armada 1: The Assembling of Troops at Tilbury Fort

| July 26, 2010

On this day in history, the 26th July 1588, 4,000 men assembled at Tilbury Fort, the fort built on the Thames estuary in Essex by Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, to guard the eastern approach to London from the expected invasion by the Spanish Armada. The Armada had first been spotted off English shores on the […]

Elizabeth I’s Visit to Kenilworth Castle

| July 19, 2010

From the 9th to the 27th July 1575 Elizabeth I stayed at Kenilworth Castle in Warwickshire, home of her great friend Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. She had visited Kenilworth three times before but this was a special visit in that it lasted 19 days and was the longest stay at a courtier’s house in […]

The Imprisonment of Elizabeth

| March 18, 2010

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, the twenty year old Elizabeth was taken to the Tower of London, the place where her mother had been imprisoned and where her mother and one of her stepmothers had been executed. We can only imagine the sheer terror she felt when Mary I’s council […]

The Rose Theatre

| February 19, 2010

On this day in history, the 19th February 1592, the Rose Theatre, an Elizabethan play house, was opened in London on Bankside. In 1585 Philip Henslowe, a London businessman and property developer, leased a tenement and gardens known as the Little Rose. In 1587, with the help of grocer John Cholmley and carpenter John Griggs, […]