24 June – The Birth of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

| June 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, Robert Dudley! There is some controversy over his birthday with some of his contemporaries believing that he was born on exactly the same day as Elizabeth I (7th September 1533), but it is now believed that he was born on the 24th June 1532 or 1533, most likely 1532, making him just over […]

Mary Seymour, Daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

| June 21, 2011

I just wanted to share with you news of an article by historian Linda Porter in which she shares a poem that may just solve the puzzle of the fate of little Mary Seymour, the daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour, who disappears from the records before her second birthday. You can read my […]

20 June 1567 – The Casket Letters Discovered

| June 20, 2011

On the 20th June 1567, a few days after Scottish rebels apprehended Mary Queen of Scots, servants of James Douglas, 4th Earl of Morton, allegedly found a silver casket of eight letters, two marriage contracts (which apparently proved that Mary had agreed to marry Bothwell before his divorce) and twelve sonnets in the possession of […]

Anonymous: Was Shakespeare a Fraud?

| June 14, 2011

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Files visitor, Alexis, for telling me about this movie which is due to be released in the USA in the Autumn (Fall). “Anonymous”, from Sony Movies and 2012 director Roland Emmerich, asks the age-old question, “Who was Shakespeare?”, which has been debated for many years. Did the man William Shakespeare […]