Elizabeth I’s Death – 24 March 1603

| March 24, 2011

On this day in history, the 24th March 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. Elizabeth I’s death was the end of an era in so many ways: the end of England’s Golden Age, the end of a long reign (over 44 years) and the end of […]

Sir Walter Raleigh Released – 20 March 1616

| March 20, 2011

On this day in history, 20th March 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh (Ralegh) was released from the Tower of London. He had spent nearly 13 years in the Tower, after having been arrested and imprisoned in July 1603, just a few months after Elizabeth I’s death. He was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death, […]

Thomas Seymour’s Execution – 20 March 1549

| March 20, 2011

On this day in history, the 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr and brother of Queen Jane Seymour and Protector Somerset, was executed for treason after being charged with thirty-three counts of treason. He had been causing the King’s Council […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Illegitimate Siblings

| March 18, 2011

In my previous article on Elizabeth I’s early life, Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background, I looked at Elizabeth’s immediate family, her parents and her half-brother and -sister, but I did not look at people who were alleged to be her illegitimate siblings. Today, I’m going to look at the children who could have […]

Elizabeth Taken to the Tower – 18 March 1554

| March 18, 2011

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, the twenty year old Lady Elizabeth was escorted to the Tower of London and imprisoned there. Can you imagine her terror, being taken to the place where her mother was imprisoned and executed? You can read all about it in my article “The Imprisonment of Elizabeth”.

Elizabeth I and the Blarney Stone

| March 17, 2011

A very Happy St Patrick’s Day to all of our Irish visitors! Hope you have a great day and please enjoy a pint of Guinness for me! Thanks to Paudie Kennelly for telling me about this legend. On the Wikipedia page for the Blarney Stone, that famous block of bluestone in Ireland, it says that […]

The Murder of David Rizzio – 9 March 1566

| March 9, 2011

On this day in history, 9th March 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots was assassinated in front of Mary, who was heavily pregnant. But who was David Rizzio and what led to his murder? David Rizzio John Guy, historian and author of “My Heart is My Own: The Life of […]

1611 King James Bible Found in Village Church

| March 7, 2011

Just a few weeks after the magnificent Henry VIII Mural was found in a house in Somerset, an original 1611 King James Bible has been rediscovered on the shelf of St Laurence Church in Hilmarton, Wiltshire. A member of the church’s parochial church council, Geoff Procter, told the BBC how they had read about a […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background

| March 4, 2011

Recently, I’ve had a few people asking me about Elizabeth I’s early life, so I decided to do a series on Elizabeth’s life leading up to her accession to the throne on the 17th November 1558. Today, I am going to look at her background. Elizabeth I’s Birth Elizabeth I was born at around 3pm […]