7th September 1533 – The Birth of Queen Elizabeth I

| September 7, 2010

At 3 o’clock in the afternoon of the 7th September at Greenwich Palace, a great Queen was born. This little red-haired, dark eyed girl was born to King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn, Bluff King Hal and the woman who was later maligned by history and called “The Whore”. Her birth, although initially a […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 1

| October 15, 2009

Today’s post is the first about two sisters (or rather half-sisters): Mary and Elizabeth, their relationship as children and what they both were like when Mary became Queen Mary I of England. A Royal Childhood Mary had hated Elizabeth’s mother Anne Boleyn, after all she was responsible in Mary’s eyes for the break-up of her […]

The Legacy of Anne Boleyn

| September 21, 2009

As you know, if you have read my posts over the last week, Tracy Borman has just written a book on Elizabeth I called “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”. As the book has just been published, Borman is doing the publicity rounds and has been doing interviews and talks, and her […]

Happy Birthday Good Queen Bess!

| September 7, 2009

On this day in history, our heroine Queen Elizabeth I of England was born at Greenwich Palace. Although her parents were initially disappointed that she was not a longed for son and heir, they celebrated the birth of the little Princess Elizabeth, named after both of her grandmothers, and arranged a lavish christening for her. […]

The Shaping of a Monarch

| August 26, 2009

I love David Starkey’s “Elizabeth”, particularly the introduction, because it really helps us to understand what drove this monarch, what made her the woman she was and the Queen she was. Elizabeth should have had a privileged life as a royal princess but instead she had a life of uncertainty. She went from being the […]


| August 19, 2009

7th September 1533 – Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, gives birth to Elizabeth at Greenwich Palace. 10th September 1533 – The new Princess Elizabeth is given a lavish christening at Greenwich Palace. 15th May – Anne Boleyn is tried and foundguilty of treason (by adultery, incest and plotting the King’s death) and sentenced […]