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 […]

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 […]

4 August 1598 – Death of William Cecil, Lord Burghley

| August 4, 2011

On this day in history, the 4th August 1598, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died at his home in London aged 76. He was laid to rest at St Martin’s Church, Stamford, in his home county of Lincolnshire. You can read more about William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s right hand man, in the following articles:- William […]

8 May 1559 – Act of Uniformity

| May 8, 2011

Apologies for not writing much on here at the moment, I’m rather caught up with the countdown to the execution of Elizabeth I’s mother, Anne Boleyn, on 19th May 1536 over at The Anne Boleyn Files and also preparing for the upcoming Executed Queens Tour.   Anyway, on the 8th May 1559, Queen Elizabeth I […]

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

| August 5, 2010

I meant to write this article to coincide with the anniversary of William Cecil’s death, the 4th August 1598, so I’m sorry this is a day late. I think the best way to commemorate someone’s death is to celebrate their life and what a life William Cecil had! He really was an incredible man and […]

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 […]

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 […]

RIP Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| April 11, 2010

On this day in history, 11th April 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger was executed after being found guilty of treason. Wyatt, son of Sir Thomas Wyatt the poet, led an uprising known as “Wyatt’s Rebellion” against Queen Mary I. The rising was in opposition to Mary’s plans to marry the Spanish King, Philip II […]

Sir Francis Walsingham – Elizabeth’s Spymaster

| April 6, 2010

On this day in history, 6th April 1590, Sir Francis Walsingham died at about the age of 58. He was an incredibly important man during Elizabeth I’s reign being a statesman, private secretary, adviser, diplomat and spymaster, and he probably saved the Queen’s life many times by uncovering various plots against her. Let’s celebrate Walsingham’s […]