Death of Roger Ascham – 30 December 1568

| December 30, 2011

Scholar and royal tutor Roger Ascham died on this day in history, 30th December 1568, after being taken ill on the 23rd December probably with malaria. He was buried on the 4th January 1569 on the north side of St Sepulchre without Newgate, London, in the St Stephen’s chapel. Here are some facts about this […]

Merry Christmas!

| December 24, 2011

Just a quickie post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas! I’m going to be taking a few days break over the Christmas period to relax, recharge the old batteries and spend time with my family. It’s not going to be a Tudor-free Christmas though, I have Henry and six wives drinks charms, six […]

21 December 1545 – William Cecil Marries Mildred Cooke

| December 21, 2011

Thanks to Nasim for reminding me of this ‘on this day in history’ on Twitter. Yes, on this day in 1545 William Cecil, the future Baron Burghley, married his second wife, Mildred Cooke (1526-1589), eldest daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, Edward VI’s tutor. Mildred helped to bring up her stepson, Thomas Cecil, and had five […]

Sir Francis Drake Sets Off on his Circumnavigation – 13 December 1577

| December 13, 2011

On this day in history, 13th December 1577,  Sir Francis Drake finally left Plymouth with his fleet of five ships on a journey which would see him circumnavigating the Globe. Storm damage to two of his ships had scuppered earlier plans. The purpose of this journey was to sail into the Pacific and raid the […]

Mary Queen of Scots

| December 9, 2011

Those of you who clicked on The Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar yesterday – 8th December – will have read that it was Mary Queen of Scots’s birthday yesterday. I’m sorry not to have posted it on here, seeing as she was Elizabeth I’s nemesis for many years, but you can read all about Mary […]

Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

| December 1, 2011

Apologies for not posting about Elizabeth I’s famous Golden Speech yesterday on its 410th anniversary, yesterday was just one of those days! You can find diarist Hayward Townshend’s version of the speech in our Speeches section under Resources – click here and it is an amazing speech. Elizabeth delivered it to the House of Commons […]