The Spymaster’s Daughter Giveaway

| October 22, 2012

I just wanted to alert you to a guest post and giveaway over at The Anne Boleyn Files. Historical fiction author Jeane Westin gives a behind-the-scenes look at an historical novelist’s life and is giving away a copy of her latest novel, The Spymaster’s Daughter, which is all about Sir Francis Walsingham’s daughter, Frances. Click […]

10 October 1562 – Elizabeth I Contracted Smallpox

| October 10, 2012

On 10th October 1562, the twenty-nine year-old Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought to be a bad cold. However, the cold developed into a violent fever and it became clear that the young queen actually had smallpox. Elizabeth became so seriously ill with the disease that it was […]

1 October 1553 – The Coronation of Mary I

| October 1, 2012

On this day in 1553, Mary I, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. Mary was the first crowned queen regnant of England. You can read all the details of her coronation in my post The Coronation of Mary I.