A Response to “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 26, 2010

Elizabeth Files visitor Christine Hartweg has read Chris Skidmore’s “Death and the Virgin: Elizabeth, Dudley and the Mysterious Fate of Amy Robsart” and here are her views on the book, Skidmore’s theories and the evidence he presents – she wrote them as a comment but I wanted to share them with all of you in […]

Update on “Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?”

| March 24, 2010

Just a quick update on this subject as Elizabeth Files visitor, Bess Chilver, has just pointed out that Chris Skidmore wrote an article in Monday’s “Daily Express” giving more details about his theory regarding Robert Dudley being responsible for the death of  his first wife, Amy Robsart. You can read the online version of the […]

The Death of Elizabeth I

| March 24, 2010

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace aged 69 bringing the rule of the Tudor dynasty to an end. Elizabeth I had reigned for 44 years and 127 days and her reign was known as “The Golden Age”. She was the longest reigning Tudor monarch. Depression […]

The Execution of Thomas Seymour

| March 20, 2010

On this day in history, 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour the 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, was beheaded after being found guilty of treason. Thomas Seymour was a very dissatisfied man. Although he was Lord High Admiral and had been the husband of Katherine Parr, the dowager queen, his brother Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of […]

The Imprisonment of Elizabeth

| March 18, 2010

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, the twenty year old Elizabeth was taken to the Tower of London, the place where her mother had been imprisoned and where her mother and one of her stepmothers had been executed. We can only imagine the sheer terror she felt when Mary I’s council […]

Elizabeth I and Mother Figures

| March 12, 2010

I’ve just written an article over at The Anne Boleyn Files, entitled “Anne Boleyn: The Mother”, looking at Anne’s short time as Elizabeth’s mother, which you may be interested in reading – click here. It’s hard to know whether Elizabeth had any memories of her mother at all, with her mother dying when Elizabeth was […]

Elizabeth I: The Speechmaker

| March 8, 2010

Today in celebration of International Women’s Day and Kathryn Bigelow becoming the first female director to win an Oscar, I thought I’d look at Elizabeth I as speechmaker, a lady who would not have any trouble with an Oscar acceptance speech, even if it was completely off-the-cuff! Elizabeth definitely had a way with words and […]

Secret Snake in Elizabeth I Portrait

| March 6, 2010

I love how Elizabeth I used portraits as propaganda and how her portraits are full of symbolism and hidden meanings, and now an analysis of a 16th century portrait of Elizabeth I has yielded a secret snake! (photo from BBC News) A few weeks ago I wrote about “The Seven Ages of Britain” series and […]

Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part Two

| March 4, 2010

Continued from Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part One I ended Part One of my series on Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour with Catherine feeling humiliated and upset by the treatment dished out to her by the Protector and his wife but happy in that she was finally happy with the man she had […]

Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part One

| March 3, 2010

One of the lists of Tudor dates I have has got today as the date of the betrothal between Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour in 1547, just over a month after the death of King Henry VIII on the 28th January 1547. While I cannot find this date mentioned in any books on Catherine Parr, […]