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 […]

Elizabeth I’s Coronation – 15 January 1559

| January 15, 2013

At midday on January 15th 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey – Long Live the Queen! I have written about Elizabeth’s coronation previously and here links to them, including an article about Dr John Dee’s astrological Coronation chart: The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559 Elizabeth I’s Coronation […]

17 November 1558 – This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes

| November 17, 2012

“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to have been uttered by Elizabeth I as she sank to her knees under a great oak tree at Hatfield Palace. She had just received the news that her half-sister, Mary I, was dead and that […]

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 […]

18 February 1612 – Death of Roberto di Ridolfi

| February 18, 2012

On this day in history, the merchant and conspirator Roberto di Ridolfi died at the grand old age of eighty at his hometown of Florence in Italy. The name “Ridolfi” may sound familiar to you and this is because of the Ridolfi Plot, a plot to assassinate Elizabeth I and to replace her with Mary […]

15th January 1559 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

| January 15, 2012

On the 15th January 1559, a day chosen by her astrologer Dr John Dee, a triumphant Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, processed from Westminster Hall into Westminster Abbey to be crowned queen. She was just 25 years old and was the third child of Henry VIII to become monarch and was […]

6 January 1562 – Shane O’Neill is Received at Court by Elizabeth I

| January 6, 2012

On this day in history, 6th January 1562, Shane O’Neill (Irish name Seán Ó Néill), King of the Ulster O’Neill clan in Ireland, was received in the English court by Queen Elizabeth I:- “John Onell the Frenshman who had don much myschief the sommer past in Ireland cometh by save condytt into England and was […]

Glamour in Austerity

| January 3, 2012

Thank you so much to Evangelia Palios on Twitter for telling me about Lisa Jardine’s radio programme “Glamour in Austerity” which follows on from the article I mentioned in my last post Elizabeth I’s Use of Dress as a Political Tool. You can listen to the programme via BBC iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b018h188#synopsis and the blurb […]

Sir Francis Drake Sets Off on his Circumnavigation – 13 December 1577

| December 13, 2011

On this day in history, 13th December 1577,  Sir Francis Drake finally left Plymouth with his fleet of five ships on a journey which would see him circumnavigating the Globe. Storm damage to two of his ships had scuppered earlier plans. The purpose of this journey was to sail into the Pacific and raid the […]

Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

| December 1, 2011

Apologies for not posting about Elizabeth I’s famous Golden Speech yesterday on its 410th anniversary, yesterday was just one of those days! You can find diarist Hayward Townshend’s version of the speech in our Speeches section under Resources – click here and it is an amazing speech. Elizabeth delivered it to the House of Commons […]