Elizabeth I: Fortune’s Bastard by Richard Rex

| November 27, 2009

Amberley Publishing, the publisher of this biography of Elizabeth I, describe this as “An accessible biography of Elizabeth I by a leading Tudor expert” and say:- “Elizabeth I stands in the English imagination for one of the formative phases of English history. Her reign saw England transformed, at her command, from a Catholic to a […]


| November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving to all our US visitors, I hope you have a great day tomorrow with your friends and family. In the UK and the rest of Europe we don’t have Thanksgiving, although my church in the UK did have a harvest festival service, and all I knew about Thanksgiving was that it was something […]

The Arthur Dudley Myth

| November 19, 2009

Following on from the Bisley Boy legend and the myth that Elizabeth I was really genetically male, I just had to write about Arthur Dudley, a man who has been the subject of books and documentaries, a man who some say was the illegitimate son of Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. I decided to research […]

Elizabeth I – A Virago, Genetically Male or Simply a Strong woman?

| November 12, 2009

My inspiration from this article comes from the comments left on my “Bisley Boy” post, particularly the one left by historian and author Leanda de Lisle who said: “I’m afraid this kind of sexist myth about Elizabeth is not that uncommon. In the sixteenth century it was believed that women who exercised power over men […]

The Gunpowder Plot

| November 5, 2009

Tonight in gardens and fields all around the UK people will be letting off fireworks, burning effigies of Guy Fawkes on bonfires and getting together for spectacular fireworks shows and parties, a tradition that dates back to 5th November 1605 when Protestants lit bonfires to celebrate the failure of the Catholic Gunpowder Plot. I know […]

The Bisley Boy

| November 4, 2009

Don’t you just love conspiracy theories?! 911, Roswell, the moon landing, JFK, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson…the list goes on, but did you know that there is a conspiracy theory relating to Elizabeth I which, if true, would make our present day Queen actually Queen Elizabeth I rather than Elizabeth II? Before I go into the […]