7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

| September 7, 2013

On 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace. Her parents were King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. Her birth, although initially a disappointment, was a joyous occasion, but nobody on that September day realised that this baby would grow up to be a great Queen of England, […]

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

| September 7, 2012

Today marks the 479th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s birth on 7th September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. How wonderful that nearly 500 years after her birth, we are still discussing her, admiring her and holding her in our hearts! Elizabeth was a disappointment at her birth, in that she was not the predicted and hoped for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background

| March 4, 2011

Recently, I’ve had a few people asking me about Elizabeth I’s early life, so I decided to do a series on Elizabeth’s life leading up to her accession to the throne on the 17th November 1558. Today, I am going to look at her background. Elizabeth I’s Birth Elizabeth I was born at around 3pm […]

Elizabeth I, Mary I and Pope Benedict XVI

| September 23, 2010

I found it interesting that Pope Benedict XVI, on his visit to Westminster Abbey in London, spoke of the chapel where the Catholic Mary I and the Protestant Elizabeth I are buried together, and said that he hoped and prayed that their burial together might be a sign of future reconciliation between the Catholic and […]

Elizabeth I – Her Father’s Daughter and the Lion’s Cub

| February 4, 2010

As someone who spend a lot of time researching Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, and her tragic end, I find it fascinating that Elizabeth seemed to bear her father, Henry VIII, no ill will for her mother’s execution and, instead, idolised him. Whatever you believe about the causes of the fall of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII […]

Elizabeth I – England’s Greatest Monarch?

| December 15, 2009

I thought it would be good to move away from the myths, rumour and scandal that surround this great lady, and, as Rochie said in her comment a few weeks ago, look at Elizabeth I’s achievements, after all, isn’t that the way she should be remembered. Let’s give Good Queen Bess the credit she deserves! […]

The Legacy of Anne Boleyn

| September 21, 2009

As you know, if you have read my posts over the last week, Tracy Borman has just written a book on Elizabeth I called “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”. As the book has just been published, Borman is doing the publicity rounds and has been doing interviews and talks, and her […]

What Did Elizabeth I Look Like?

| September 11, 2009

“What a silly question!”, you may say, after all we’ve got an abundance of portraits and depictions of this famous queen of England! But, can we trust these to give an accurate record of what Good Queen Bess really looked like? Probably not. Why do I say this? Because, like many monarchs of her time, […]