17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

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 […]

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Campaigns Against Anonymous Film

| October 25, 2011

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, hometown of William Shakespeare, has today launched a one day protest coinciding with the premier of “Anonymous” at the London Film Festival. The protest consists of:- Taping over nine road signs to blank out Shakespeare’s name – Instead of reading “Welcome to Warwickshire Shakespeare’s County” they read “Welcome to […]

Anonymous: Was Shakespeare a Fraud?

| June 14, 2011

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Files visitor, Alexis, for telling me about this movie which is due to be released in the USA in the Autumn (Fall). “Anonymous”, from Sony Movies and 2012 director Roland Emmerich, asks the age-old question, “Who was Shakespeare?”, which has been debated for many years. Did the man William Shakespeare […]

The Old Myths Regurgitated – The Bisley Boy and More

| January 27, 2011

I wasn’t able to watch the National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” but many people have contacted me to let me know what “secrets” it looked at. It sounds like it was a programme concentrating on the salacious rumours and myths that surround Elizabeth and her personal life – can’t they come up […]

William Shakespeare

| April 23, 2010

Today marks the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death in 1616 and possibly his birth in 1564. We do not know his actual birthday but he was baptised in Stratford-upon-Avon on the 26th April 1564 so the 23rd April is when we celebrate his birth. William Shakespeare has got to be one of the greatest (if […]

The Rose Theatre

| February 19, 2010

On this day in history, the 19th February 1592, the Rose Theatre, an Elizabethan play house, was opened in London on Bankside. In 1585 Philip Henslowe, a London businessman and property developer, leased a tenement and gardens known as the Little Rose. In 1587, with the help of grocer John Cholmley and carpenter John Griggs, […]

Elizabeth I’s Image

| February 15, 2010

This post continues from The Anne Boleyn Files post “Henry VIII’s England” which is an article on last night’s episode of “The Seven Ages of Britain” where David Dimbleby explored the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I through examining the art and treasure of the period. Hatfield House David Dimbleby’s first stop, in considering […]

Taking On the Bard

| January 25, 2010

Today, we have a guest post by Robin Maxwell, author of the brilliant historical novels “The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn”, “Mademoiselle Boleyn”, “Virgin: Prelude to the Throne” and “Signora da Vinci”. Here, she writes about what it was like writing “O, Juliet” which is due to be released on the 2nd February. Taking on […]