The Spymaster’s Daughter Giveaway

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

10 October 1562 – Elizabeth I Contracted Smallpox

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

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.

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

Today marks the 479th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s birth on 7th September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. How wonderful that nearly 500 years after her birth, we are still discussing her, admiring her and holding her in our hearts! Elizabeth was a disappointment at her birth, in that she was not the predicted and hoped for […]

4 September 1588 – The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

4 September 1588 – The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He died on 4th September 1588 at his lodge at Cornbury, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Leicester had been suffering from a recurring stomach ailment and was actually on his way to Buxton to take the waters. Unfortunately, he never made it. He […]

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in history, 24th August 1572, during the reign of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter Elizabeth I, 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were massacred in Paris and a further 7,000 in the provinces in the following days. You can read more about it in my article St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre It was an […]

Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

On 31st July 1544, the future Elizabeth I wrote her earliest surviving letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. It was written in Italian and in a beautiful italic hand. Elizabeth wrote: “Inimical fortune, envious of all good and ever revolving human affairs, has deprived me for a whole year of your most illustrious presence, and, […]

25 July 1554 – The Marriage of Mary I and Philip of Spain

On this day in history, 25th July 1554, Mary I married Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, at Winchester Cathedral. The service was presided over by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and Mary’s chancellor. You can read all the details in my article Happy Wedding Anniversary Mary I and Philip of […]

19 July 1553 – Mary Proclaimed Queen in London

On the 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in place of Queen Jane. The Earls of Pembroke and Arundel had called a council meeting the previous day to convince council members that Mary’s claim to the throne was legitimate, but it was on this […]

Happy 485th Birthday John Dee!

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite Tudor men, John Dee. Happy 485th birthday, Mr Dee! I will be raising a glass to you today. You can find out all about John Dee in the following articles: John Dee – A Biographical Sketch John Dee and the Telescope Elizabeth […]