John Dee – A Biographical Sketch

| November 30, 2010

I asked Robert Parry, author of “Virgin and the Crab” which has John Dee as one of its main characters, to write us a bio of this fascinating, influential, Elizabethan man, and here it is:- John Dee – A Biographical Sketch by Robert Parry Astrologer, mathematician, alchemist, antiquarian, spy, philosopher, geographer and adviser to virtually […]

Birth of Philip Sidney 1554

| November 30, 2010

On this day in history, 30th November 1554, the poet, courtier and soldier, Philip Sidney, was born at Penshurst Place in Kent, England. You can read a bio of Sidney in my article “The Death of Philip Sidney”, but here is the first sonnet from Sidney’s famous “Astrophel and Stella”, which is thought to have […]

John Knox

| November 24, 2010

On this day in history, 24th November 1572, the Scottish clergyman and famous Reformer, John Knox, died as his wife read aloud from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. But who was John Knox? Here are some facts about this fascinating man:- Born: Between 1505 and 1512 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland Died: 24th November […]

Elizabeth I Travels to London

| November 23, 2010

On this day in history, Wednesday 23rd November 1558, Elizabeth I left Hatfield and processed to London. David Starkey writes of how the procession “was a thousand strong” and Alison Weir describes how, as she travelled through Hertfordshire and Middlesex, Elizabeth was cheered by crowds of people lining the streets. I can imagine how excited […]

Christopher Hatton

| November 20, 2010

On this day in history, 20th November 1591, Sir Christopher Hatton, Elizabeth I’s Lord Chancellor and favourite, died aged 51. Sir Christopher Hatton, the man Elizabeth I nicknamed her “mouton” (sheep), was born in 1540. He was the son of William Hatton of Holdenby, Northamptonshire, and his wife, Alice Saunders, and was educated at St […]

The Case of Amy Robsart – A Tudor Whodunnit?

| November 19, 2010

As promised, I want to share with you what was said in last night’s Channel Five “Revealed” programme, “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair”. I wrote copious notes so that I didn’t miss anything and I have divided the different topics into sections so that it is easy for you to take in. The programme featured […]

Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham

| November 18, 2010

On this day in history, 18th November 1559, Cuthbert Tunstall, the Bishop of Durham, died in prison at Lambeth Palace aged 85. Cuthbert Tunstall was born in 1474 in Hackforth, Yorskshire. He was the illegitimate son of Thomas Tunstall of Thurland Castle, Lancashire. He was educated at Oxford and Cambridge, and then spent 6 years […]

The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2010

On the 16th November 1558, at around midnight, Mary I received the last rites. A few hours later, at 6am on the morning of the 17th November, Mary heard mass in her bedchamber and was able to make the responses. At around 7am*, the first crowned Queen Regnant of England slipped away, she was just […]

The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed

| November 15, 2010

If you’re in the UK or you have access to the UK TV channel Channel 5 then make sure you watch “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair: Revealed” on Thursday 18th November at 8pm. On the Radio Times website, the programme is described as:- “A historical documentary which explores the possibility that a controversial love affair […]

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

| November 10, 2010

On this day in history, 10th November 1565, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex and favourite of Elizabeth I was born (some say 19th November 1566) at Netherwood, Herefordshire, to his parents, Lettice Knollys, granddaughter of Mary Boleyn, and Walter Devereux, 1st Earl of Essex. I have written before about the life and death of […]