Sir Francis Drake

| January 28, 2011

On 28th January 1596, Sir Francis Drake’s remains and those of his second cousin, Admiral Sir John Hawkins, were buried at sea in lead coffins, just off the coast of Panama. Drake had died on the 27th January 1596. Here are some facts about Sir Francis Drake, the famous Elizabethan sailor and navigator:- Birth: Sir […]

The Old Myths Regurgitated – The Bisley Boy and More

| January 27, 2011

I wasn’t able to watch the National Geographic Channel’s “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” but many people have contacted me to let me know what “secrets” it looked at. It sounds like it was a programme concentrating on the salacious rumours and myths that surround Elizabeth and her personal life – can’t they come up […]

Secrets of the Virgin Queen

| January 25, 2011

Just a quickie post to let those of you who get the National Geographic Channel know that “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” is being aired tonight – TUE JAN 25 9P National Geographic say of the programme:- “They called her the Virgin Queen England’s first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet […]

The Execution of Edward Seymour – 22nd January 1552

| January 22, 2011

On this day in history, 22nd January 1552, between 8 and 9am, Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset and former Lord Protector, was executed on Tower Hill. The chronicler Charles Wriothesley writes of his execution:- “Fryday, the 22 of January 1552, Edward Seimer, Duke of Somersett, was beheaded at Tower Hill, afore ix of the […]

In Praise of Queens – Why Women Should Reign over Britannia

| January 21, 2011

Historian and author, Dominic Sandbrook, has written a very interesting article for the UK’s “Daily Mail” entitled Why we should ALWAYS give the crown to a woman. His article is in response to the controversy surrounding the government’s plan to amend the 1701 Act of ­Settlement so that a first-born girl can succeed to the […]

Thomas Seymour Breaks into the King’s Residence

| January 16, 2011

On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Thomas Seymour allegedly broke into Edward VI’s residence at Hampton Court Palace. It is said that as he entered the King’s apartments, he disturbed the King’s beloved spaniel who then barked at him. Seymour shot the dog, a noise which alerted a guard who then confronted him […]

The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559

| January 15, 2011

On this day in history, the 15th January 1559, at 12pm, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen. She was the third of Henry VIII’s children to become monarch and she was the last of the Tudor dynasty. Elizabeth had inherited the throne from her half-sister Mary I, who had died on the 17th November 1558, and […]

Elizabeth I Video

| January 13, 2011

I posted the “Henry VIII (“Money, Money, Money” by ABBA)” video by historyteachers, a group of history teachers from Hawaii, a while ago but I didn’t realise that they had done a video on Elizabeth I. Here it is:- There videos on the Spanish Inquisition, Martin Luther and the Renaissance are also brilliant so do […]

7th January 1558 – England Loses Calais

| January 7, 2011

On the 7th June 1557 Mary I’s heralds proclaimed that England was at war with France. The catalyst for this declaration of war was an attempt in April 1557 by Sir Thomas Stafford and a hundred French and English rebels to depose Mary who Stafford believed had forfeited her right to the throne by marrying […]

John Donne Portrait Needs Help

| January 6, 2011

You may have noticed my post over at The Anne Boleyn Files about the National Portrait Gallery portrait of Anne Boleyn being in need of urgent restoration work, but it is not the only portrait which needs work. The NPG are also trying to raise funds to start cleaning and conservation work on the late […]