17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

19th May 1554 – Elizabeth is Released from the Tower of London

| May 19, 2012

On the 19th May 1554, the future Elizabeth I was released from the Tower of London and escorted to Woodstock, where she was put under house-arrest. As Elizabeth walked out of the royal lodgings of the Tower, she must have thought of her mother, Queen Anne Boleyn, who had been beheaded exactly 18 years ago, […]

Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

| January 22, 2012

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent to make final plans for their uprising against Mary I and her decision to marry Philip of Spain. As Ian W Archer explains in his article about Thomas Wyatt, “The anomalous position of a king […]

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 […]

Elizabeth Taken to the Tower – 18 March 1554

| March 18, 2011

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, the twenty year old Lady Elizabeth was escorted to the Tower of London and imprisoned there. Can you imagine her terror, being taken to the place where her mother was imprisoned and executed? You can read all about it in my article “The Imprisonment of Elizabeth”.

Elizabeth Returns to Hatfield

| October 18, 2010

On this day in history, the 18th October 1555, Elizabeth finally received permission from her half-sister, Mary I, to leave court and travel to her own estate at Hatfield, rather than return to house arrest in Woodstock. Elizabeth had been treated with suspicion by Mary and her council since Wyatt’s Revolt in early 1554. David […]

Elizabeth I the Poet – The Woodstock Etchings

| October 5, 2010

What some people do not realise is that Elizabeth I was a very accomplished writer, something which could be attributed to her Humanist education but which was also a real gift. One of my favourite books is “Elizabeth I: Collected Works” which contains all of the letters, poems, prayers and speeches that Elizabeth wrote during […]

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 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 […]

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| April 12, 2010

“For I assure you neither they nor any other now in yonder hold or durance was privy of my rising or commotion before I began” These are the words that Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger spoke just before the execution. Even when faced with death, he would not implicate Elizabeth, instead he used his scaffold […]

RIP Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| April 11, 2010

On this day in history, 11th April 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger was executed after being found guilty of treason. Wyatt, son of Sir Thomas Wyatt the poet, led an uprising known as “Wyatt’s Rebellion” against Queen Mary I. The rising was in opposition to Mary’s plans to marry the Spanish King, Philip II […]