The Execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

| February 25, 2010

On this day in history, 25th February 1601, one-time royal favourite Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex was beheaded on Tower Green at the Tower of London after being found guilty of treason. Robert Devereux was born on the 19th November 1566 (some say 10th November 1565) at Netherwood, Herefordshire and was the son of  […]

Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?

| February 22, 2010

According to a report in yesterday’s “Daily Mail”, entitled “Did Elizabeth I’s lover have wife killed so he could wed the Virgin Queen?”, new evidence has been uncovered which supports the theory that Robert Dudley arranged the murder of his wife, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart), so that he was free to marry Elizabeth I. Amy’s […]

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, […]

Mary I Facts

| February 18, 2010

As it is Mary I’s birthday today – Happy 494th Birthday Mary! – I thought it would be good to do a bio or factfile on this much maligned Queen:- Mary I Facts Birth: In the early hours of Monday the 18th February 1516. Birthplace: The Palace of Placentia, Greenwich, London. Father: Henry VIII, King […]

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 […]

Lady Jane Grey Facts

| February 12, 2010

On this day in history, the 12th February 1554, Elizabeth’s cousin (once removed) Lady Jane Grey was executed on Tower Green inside the Tower of London. She had been imprisoned since July 1553 when she had been deposed as Queen of England by Elizabeth’s sister, Mary I, and was finally executed as the result of […]

RIP Elizabeth of York

| February 11, 2010

On this day in history, on the 11th February 1466, Elizabeth of York was born and on her 37th birthday, on the 11th February 1503, she died. Fancy dying on your birthday! But who was Elizabeth of York? Well, you can read my full fact-file on Elizabeth of York in “Happy Birthday and RIP Elizabeth […]

The Murder of Lord Darnley

| February 10, 2010

On this day in history, the 10th February 1567, Lord Darnley was murdered at Kirk o’ Field, Edinburgh, in the Royal Mile, just a few hundred yards from Holyrood House where his wife, Mary Queen of Scots, and baby son, the future James VI/I, were staying. Henry, Lord Darnley, had been lodging at Kirk o’ […]

Mary Queen of Scots – Part Two

| February 8, 2010

This post carries on from Mary Queen of Scots – Part One, a two-part article commemorating the anniversary of the execution of Mary Queen of Scots. On the 29th October, Parliament met to discuss the fate of Mary Queen of Scots. Alison Weir writes of how Parliament “unanimously ratified the commissioners’ verdict” and demanded the […]

Mary Queen of Scots – Part One

| February 8, 2010

On this day in history, the 8th February 1587, Elizabeth I’s arch enemy, cousin (once removed) and fellow queen, Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart), was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. To commemorate her execution, I thought it would be good to look at her fall, trial, execution and just why she was executed by a […]