Congratulations to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his bride Catherine Middleton on their Wedding Day!

| April 29, 2011

Today, the 29th April 2011, we celebrate the wedding of Prince William, who has just been made Duke of Cambridge, and Catherine Middleton, known to the world as “Kate”. We wish them every happiness on this special day and a life of happiness too. Marriage is an adventure! If you haven’t seen my posts over […]

28 April 1603 – Funeral of Elizabeth I

| April 28, 2011

I apologise for not writing a new article on today, the anniversary of Elizabeth I’s funeral in 1603, but I don’t think Elizabeth would mind as I’m knee deep in primary sources to do with the fall of her mother, Anne Boleyn, in 1536 and also getting ready for a party to celebrate the wedding […]

24 April 1558 – Mary Queen of Scots Marries the Dauphin

| April 24, 2011

On this day in history, Mary Queen of Scots married Francis, the Dauphin of France, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Mary was 15 and Francis was 14. Francis became King Consort of Scotland at the marriage and then he became King of France and Mary Queen Consort of France on the death of Francis’s […]

A Video to Celebrate William Shakespeare’s Birthday!

| April 23, 2011

Enjoy this video of bloggers from around the world commemorating and celebrating the work of the Bard, William Shakespeare as part of the project:- I was lucky enough to grow up near Stratford-upon-Avon and to be able to see performances of some of Shakespeare’s plays at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre. My favourite was Macbeth […]

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare and RIP

| April 23, 2011

Today is the day that traditionally marks the birth of the Bard, William Shakespeare, that famous Elizabethan playwright and actor in 1564. It is not known on what date Shakespeare was actually born but he was baptised at Stratford-upon-Avon on the 26th April 1564 and baptism usually took place around three days after birth. William […]

Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard – April 1587

| April 19, 2011

On the 19th April 1587 Sir Francis Drake entered the harbour of Cadiz on the Spanish coast and led a pre-emptive strike on the Spanish fleet, destroying a number of ships (20-30) and their supplies, and causing the planned Spanish attack on England to be postponed for over a year. Drake referred to this successful […]

Baptism of Guy Fawkes – 16 April 1570

| April 16, 2011

It is not known exactly what date Guy Fawkes was born, possibly the 13th April 1570, but he was baptised on the 16th April 1570 at the Church of St Michael le Belfrey in York. Guy Fawkes, or Guido Fawkes (the name he used when fighting in the Low Countries on the side of Spain), […]

Death of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell – 14 April 1578

| April 14, 2011

On this day in history, 14th April 1578, James Hepburn, 1st Duke of Orkney and 4th Earl of Bothwell, died aged 44 at Dragsholm Castle after being imprisoned and  held in appalling conditions by Frederick, King of Denmark, It is said that the imprisonment caused Bothwell to go insane. Here is a factfile on James […]

Death of Pope Gregory XIII – 10 April 1585

| April 10, 2011

On this day in history, 10th April 1585, Pope Gregory XIII, died. He was the man who said of Elizabeth I in 1580 “Whosoever sends her out of the world … not only does not sin but gains merit” and who supported attempts to dethrone her and replace her with a Catholic monarch. Of course, […]

Death of Sir Francis Walsingham – 6 April 1590

| April 6, 2011

On this day in history, 6th April 1590, Elizabeth I’s spymaster, adviser and principal secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, died. Although he had served the Queen for many years, he died in debt as he had underwritten the debts of Sir Philip Sidney, his son-in-law. You can find out more about Sir Francis Walsingham, the man […]