Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

| July 31, 2012

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, […]

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 […]

The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

| February 1, 2011

In a letter to the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, in 1549, regarding her governess Kat Ashley’s imprisonment in the Tower of London, Elizabeth famously wrote:- “We are more bound to them that bringeth us up well, than to our parents, for our parents do that which is natural for them, that is bringeth us into […]

Catherine Parr

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Catherine Parr in the following articles:- Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour Part 1 Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour Part 2 Elizabeth and the Two Katherines Catherine Parr and Elizabeth RIP Catherine Parr

RIP Catherine Parr

| September 5, 2010

In the early hours of the 5th September 1548, a woman who had had a profound influence on the teenage Elizabeth, as a stepmother and friend, died aged just 36. I have written about her death over at The Anne Boleyn Files – see “The Death of Catherine Parr” – and I hope that we […]

Katherine the Queen by Linda Porter

| April 16, 2010

Historian and author Linda Porter concludes her Katherine Parr biography with:- “The adult Elizabeth was very much the product of Katherine Parr. Her education, her religious beliefs, her consciousness of personal image owed much to her stepmother who guided and loved her during those formative years. Katherine had brought up a talented and determined girl, […]

The Mirror of the Sinful Soul

| April 1, 2010

Today, on Maundy Thursday (or Holy Thursday), the day we commemorate the Last Supper which Jesus Christ shared with his disciples, I thought it was fitting to look at “Le miroir de l’ame pecheresse” or “The Mirror (Glass) of the Sinful Soul”, the religious poem which Elizabeth translated as a gift for her stepmother Catherine […]

Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part Two

| March 4, 2010

Continued from Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part One I ended Part One of my series on Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour with Catherine feeling humiliated and upset by the treatment dished out to her by the Protector and his wife but happy in that she was finally happy with the man she had […]

Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour – Part One

| March 3, 2010

One of the lists of Tudor dates I have has got today as the date of the betrothal between Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour in 1547, just over a month after the death of King Henry VIII on the 28th January 1547. While I cannot find this date mentioned in any books on Catherine Parr, […]

Elizabeth and the Two Katherines

| September 22, 2009

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, featuring “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman, is about the two women that brought Elizabeth up – Katherine Ashley and Katherine Parr (Catherine Parr). In 1549, Elizabeth quoted the following words from St Gregory in a letter to Edward Seymour, Lord Protector of England: “We are […]