Robert Devereux’s Execution – 25 February 1601

| February 25, 2011

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and a favourite of Elizabeth I. At just before 8am on the 25th February 1601, Essex was brought out of the Tower of London and walked to the scaffold. He was wearing a black velvet gown, black satin doublet and […]

Edward VI is Crowned King – 20 February 1547

| February 20, 2011

On the 20th February 1547, just under a month after the death of his father, Henry VIII, nine year old Edward was crowned King Edward VI. You can read more about the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, and half-brother of Mary I and Elizabeth I, in the following articles:- Edward VI: A Precocious […]

Mary I versus Elizabeth I

| February 18, 2011

Today is Mary I’s birthday as she was born in the early hours of the 18th February 1516 at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, London. I have written about her birth over at The Anne Boleyn Files – see The Birth of Mary I: 18 February 1516 – but it struck me as I […]

Lord Darnley is Murdered – 10th February 1567

| February 10, 2011

On this day, 10th February 1567, Henry, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered at Kirk o’Field on the Royal Mile in Edinbugh. His house had been blown to smithereens by an explosion, but it seems that Darnley had already been dead and the explosion was to cover up his murder. You […]

Elizabeth and Robert: A Dangerous Liaison

| February 8, 2011

Today, we have a guest post from C W Gorner, author of “The Last Queen”, “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici” and the recently released “The Tudor Secret”, the first book in a series called the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. You can read my review of “The Tudor Secret” over at our Tudor Book Review […]

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots – 8th February 1587

| February 8, 2011

On this day in history, Wednesday 8th February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle.The warrant for her death had arrived the day before and Sir Amyas Paulet, Mary’s gaoler, wasted no time in arranging Mary’s execution. Historian John Guy writes of how Paulet, his assistant Sir Drue Dury, and the Earls […]

Christopher Marlowe’s “Edward II”

| February 7, 2011

Thank you to Kathryn Warner for alerting me to this news on her wonderful blog on Edward II. Christopher Marlowe, the Elizabethan playwright and poet who celebrates his 447th birthday* this month, wrote a play about the deposition of King Edward II – “Edward the Second” – and this play is being performed by Em-Lou […]

The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

| February 1, 2011

In a letter to the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, in 1549, regarding her governess Kat Ashley’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, Elizabeth famously wrote:- “We are more bound to them that bringeth us up well, than to our parents, for our parents do that which is natural for them, that is bringeth us into […]