30th November 1554 – The Return to Rome

| November 30, 2011

On this day in history, 30th November 1554, both Houses of Parliament presented a petition to Mary I and her husband Philip to intercede with Cardinal Reginald Pole, the papal legate, for absolution for the years of separation from Rome and for reconciliation with Rome. Pole then absolved England and restored it to the Catholic […]

Elizabeth I: The Secret Life

| November 27, 2011

Thanks so much to Carol-Ann for letting me know about this programme which will be aired on the National Geographic channel in the UK at 9pm on Wednesday 30th November. According to the TV listing, this programme is “A look at the monarch’s life, examining claims of illegitimacy, adultery and even the possibility that she was […]

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to You All!

| November 24, 2011

Whether you’re in the USA enjoying Thanksgiving, in Australia enjoying the summer sun (hopefully!), in the UK feeling rather chilly, in Spain getting rained on… wherever you are I just want to thank you for all the support and encouragement you give me each and every day – thank you! Learn more about Thanksgiving in […]

18th November 1559 – Death of Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham

| November 18, 2011

On this day in history, 18th November 1559, 85 year old Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham died in prison at Lambeth Palace. He had an amazing career, which spanned the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I, but fell from grace in Elizabeth I’s reign after he refused to take the Oath of […]

17th November 1558 – Elizabeth I Becomes Queen

| November 17, 2011

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Mary I died after a reign of just five years and Elizabeth I came to the throne and ruled for over 44 years. One sister has gone down in history as “Bloody Mary” and the other as the queen who brought in a golden age and who […]

Lady Jane Grey

| November 13, 2011

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey, Guildford Dudley, Ambrose Dudley, Henry Dudley and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer were found guilty of treason in a public trial at the Guildhall, London. You can read the details in my article at The Anne Boleyn Files – The Trial of Lady Jane Grey – […]

Birth of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex – 10 November 1565

| November 10, 2011

Happy Birthday, Robert Devereux! Yes, on this day in history, 10th November 1565, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was born at Netherwood, Herefordshire. Devereux was the eldest son of Walter Deverux, 1st Earl of Essex, and Lettice Knollys, granddaughter of Mary Boleyn, and was a favourite of Elizabeth I. Devereux came to a rather […]

The Gunpowder Plot – Remember, Remember the 5th November

| November 5, 2011

Today, in the UK, we commemorate James I’s lucky escape after Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed with rather a lot of gunpowder in the cellars of the Houses of Parliament on the night of the 4th/5th November 1605. We are not just celebrating James’s lucky escape, we are also, as the poem goes, remembering the […]