The Friday Review

| October 30, 2009

Here’s a quick review of the latest news here at the Elizabeth files and in the Tudor world, please comment if you have heard of any Tudor events, book releases, podcasts etc. that may be of interest to us. Book Review – Over at the Tudor Book review site, I have just this week reviewed […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 3

| October 27, 2009

This is part three of my series on Elizabeth I and Mary I and the relationship they had as half-sisters. Please read Part1 and Part 2 to find out about their relationship in childhood and in the early years of Mary I’s reign. Today, I will examine their volatile relationship and how it deteriorated even […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 2

| October 23, 2009

If you watched “The Tudors”, you may have been surprised by the scenes of the teenage Mary sharing a bed with her little half-sister Elizabeth, daughter of the woman she viewed as a whore, and showing affection towards her. Were these scenes just figments of Michael Hirst’s imagination? Well, of course these scenes are fictional, […]

Elizabeth Locket Ring

| October 20, 2009

Elizabeth I had a very special piece of jewellery commissioned in around 1575, a piece that would mean so much to her that she would wear it on her finger until it was taken off her body after her death. What am I talking about? I am talking about Elizabeth I’s famous locket ring. Why […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 1

| October 15, 2009

Today’s post is the first about two sisters (or rather half-sisters): Mary and Elizabeth, their relationship as children and what they both were like when Mary became Queen Mary I of England. A Royal Childhood Mary had hated Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn, after all she was responsible in Mary’s eyes for the break-up of her […]

The Virgin, The Crab and Mythology

| October 12, 2009

Today we are honoured to have another guest post, this time from Robert Parry, author of the wonderful novel “The Virgin and The Crab” which I have just reviewed on our Tudor Book Reviews site – click here to read it now. VIRGIN AND THE CRAB : An author’s ramblings on having his novel reviewed […]

Elizabeth I’s Nativity Chart

| October 7, 2009

This post has been sparked off by the wonderful novel that I’m reading at the moment – “The Virgin and the Crab: Sketches, Fables and Mysteries from the early life of John Dee and Elizabeth Tudor”. The central character of the book is John Dee, Elizabeth I’s astrologer and great friend, a man whom Elizabeth […]

Mistress Blanche

| October 2, 2009

Many Tudor history buffs have heard of ladies like Kat Ashley and Bess Throckmorton, who served Queen Elizabeth I, but Blanche Parry, a lady who knew Elizabeth from childhood and who was probably seen as a mother figure by Elizabeth, has often been ignored. Here, Elizabeth Files visitor Rochie tells us more about Mistress Blanche […]