Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?

| September 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert […]

Is Anne Boleyn’s Famous Portrait Actually Elizabeth I?

| September 28, 2010

I was inspired to write this post today by a member of The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page, Jane, who commented that the portrait of Elizabeth I on the cover of the latest issue of History Today looks like an older Anne Boleyn. As you can see from looking at the National Portrait Gallery portrait […]

Bishop John Jewel

| September 23, 2010

On 23rd September 1571, John Jewel (or Jewell), the Bishop of Salisbury and Apologist of the Church of England, died aged 49. Who, you may ask, was Bishop John Jewel? Well, let me enlighten you… Bishop John Jewel was born on the 24th May 1522 in Buden, North Devon, one of ten children. He was […]

Elizabeth I, Mary I and Pope Benedict XVI

| September 23, 2010

I found it interesting that Pope Benedict XVI, on his visit to Westminster Abbey in London, spoke of the chapel where the Catholic Mary I and the Protestant Elizabeth I are buried together, and said that he hoped and prayed that their burial together might be a sign of future reconciliation between the Catholic and […]

The Tower of London

| September 22, 2010

Just a quick post to let you know about a wonderful article on the Daily Mail website which gives information about the Ceremony of the Keys and also the history of the royal menagerie, the animals that were housed at the Tower from the reign of King John in the 13th century until the last […]

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger in the following articles:- RIP Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

National Portrait Gallery Information on the Phoenix and Pelican Portraits

| September 15, 2010

Following on from my post yesterday regarding the new evidence on the Elizabeth I Phoenix and Pelican portraits, Tamise who runs The Lady Jane Grey Reference Guide Blog, told me about the National Portrait Gallery page on this one week long exhibition, which you can find at What I love about this page is […]

A Belated Happy Birthday to William Cecil, Lord Burghley and RIP Sir John Cheke

| September 14, 2010

Apologies to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and Elizabeth I’s chief advisor, for missing his 489th birthday yesterday – happy birthday! Yes, William Cecil was born on the 13th September 1521 in Bourne, Lincolnshire. You can find out more about him in the bio I wrote on him to commemorate the anniversary of his death on […]

New Evidence Regarding the Phoenix and Pelican Portraits

| September 14, 2010

Back in June, I looked at the Phoenix and Pelican portraits of Elizabeth I and examined the symbolism in the portrait. Well, these portraits have been in the news in the past couple of days because art historians have found new evidence which points to them both being painted by English artist Nicholas Hilliard, a […]

Elizabeth I’s Christening – 10th September 1533

| September 10, 2010

On this day in history, Wednesday 10th September 1533, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. Elizabeth was just 3 days old, having been born on the 7th September, when she was processed along a carpet of green rushes from the Great Hall […]