17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

Secrets of the Virgin Queen

| January 25, 2011

Just a quickie post to let those of you who get the National Geographic Channel know that “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” is being aired tonight – TUE JAN 25 9P National Geographic say of the programme:- “They called her the Virgin Queen England’s first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet […]

The Case of Amy Robsart – A Tudor Whodunnit?

| November 19, 2010

As promised, I want to share with you what was said in last night’s Channel Five “Revealed” programme, “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair”. I wrote copious notes so that I didn’t miss anything and I have divided the different topics into sections so that it is easy for you to take in. The programme featured […]

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 […]

Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?

| September 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert […]

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 […]

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 […]

Elizabeth I and the threat posed by the Grey Sisters

| July 12, 2010

Just a quick post as I’m on the road travelling around the UK, but I thought you’d all be interested in reading this article from one of my favourite authors and historians, Leanda de Lisle:- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/you/article-1293102/Katherine-Mary-Grey-Loved-locked-Virgin-Queen.html

On Monsieur’s Departure

| June 10, 2010

On this day in history, 10th June 1584, François, Duke of Anjou and Alençon, died at the age of 30 from a fever, possibly malaria. Why am I writing about him here, on a website dedicated to Elizabeth? Because he was one of Elizabeth’s suitors and the man she affectionately called her “frog”. François, Duke […]