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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 […]

Thomas Seymour’s Execution – 20 March 1549

| March 20, 2011

On this day in history, the 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr and brother of Queen Jane Seymour and Protector Somerset, was executed for treason after being charged with thirty-three counts of treason. He had been causing the King’s Council […]

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”.

The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

| February 1, 2011

In a letter to the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, in 1549, regarding her governess Kat Ashley’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, Elizabeth famously wrote:- “We are more bound to them that bringeth us up well, than to our parents, for our parents do that which is natural for them, that is bringeth us into […]

Mary I Enters London as Queen

| August 3, 2010

On this day in history, 3rd August 1553, Mary, who had just been proclaimed Queen, rode with her half-sister, Elizabeth, from Wanstead to Aldgate to be greeted by the city as its new Queen. Wriothesley’s Chronicle describes Mary’s appearance that day:- “her gowne of purple velvet French fashion, with sleues of the same, hir kirtle […]

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 […]

The Cambridge Connections

| June 2, 2010

Back at the beginning of May, I wrote an article entitled “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” where I mentioned the fact that Anne Boleyn asked her chaplain, Matthew Parker, on the 26th April 1536 to ensure that her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was looked after if anything happened to Anne. This request is important […]

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 […]

The Mirror of the Sinful Soul

| April 1, 2010

Today, on Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday), the day we commemorate the Last Supper which Jesus Christ shared with his disciples, I thought it was fitting to look at “Le miroir de l’ame pecheresse” or “The Mirror (Glass) of the Sinful Soul”, the religious poem which Elizabeth translated as a gift for her stepmother Catherine […]