24 September 1589 – Executions of William Spenser and Robert Hardesty at York

| September 24, 2014

On 24th September 1589, William Spenser, Roman Catholic priest and martyr, and layman Robert Hardesty were executed at York. Spenser was executed for being a priest, and Hardesty for sheltering Spenser. In his Examination of Fox’s Calendar of Protestant Saints, Martyrs etc. etc. Contrasted with a Biographical Sketch of Catholic Missionary Priests and others Executed […]

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birth

| April 23, 2013

Although it is not actually known which day in 1564 William Shakespeare was born, his birth is celebrated on 23rd April because he was baptised on 26th April and baptism usually took place around three days after birth. It is also St George’s Day, so it seems a fitting day to pay tribute to the […]

26 February 1564 – Baptism of Christopher Marlowe

| February 26, 2013

On this day in history, 26th February 1564, Christopher Marlowe, poet, translator and playwright, was baptised at St George’s Canterbury. Marlowe’s works included Tamburlaine, Dr Faustus, The Jew of Malta and The Passionate Shepherd to his Love. Marlovians believe that Marlowe was responsible for the works attributed to William Shakespeare. Here are two clips from […]

Execution of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset – 22 January 1552

| January 22, 2013

On 22nd January 1552, between 8am and 9am, the former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Seymour, was executed on Tower Hill. He had been arrested on 11th October 1549, his charges, in the words of his nephew, Edward VI, being: “ambition, vainglory, entering into rash wars in mine youth, negligent looking on […]

The Spymaster’s Daughter Giveaway

| October 22, 2012

I just wanted to alert you to a guest post and giveaway over at The Anne Boleyn Files. Historical fiction author Jeane Westin gives a behind-the-scenes look at an historical novelist’s life and is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Spymaster’s Daughter, which is all about Sir Francis Walsingham’s daughter, Frances. Click […]

4 September 1588 – The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| September 4, 2012

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He died on 4th September 1588 at his lodge at Cornbury, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Leicester had been suffering from a recurring stomach ailment and was actually on his way to Buxton to take the waters. Unfortunately, he never made it. He […]

Happy 485th Birthday John Dee!

| July 13, 2012

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite Tudor men, John Dee. Happy 485th birthday, Mr Dee! I will be raising a glass to you today. You can find out all about John Dee in the following articles: John Dee – A Biographical Sketch John Dee and the Telescope Elizabeth […]

14 April 1578 – Death of the Earl of Bothwell

| April 14, 2012

11 April 1554 – Execution of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| April 11, 2012

On this day in history, 11th April 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger, son of the poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, was executed for his part in the recent rebellion which we now know as “Wyatt’s Rebellion”. You can read more about Wyatt and the rebellion in the following articles:- Sir Thomas Wyatt the […]

25 February 1601 – Execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

| February 25, 2012

On this day in history, the 25th February 1601 at just before 8am on the 25th February 1601, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and former royal favourite, was escorted out of the Tower of London and up on to a scaffold on Tower Green. Unfortunately, it took three blows of the executioner’s axe to […]