17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

Elizabeth I and the Blarney Stone

| March 17, 2011

A very Happy St Patrick’s Day to all of our Irish visitors! Hope you have a great day and please enjoy a pint of Guiness for me! Thanks to Paudie Kennelly for telling me about this legend. On the Wikipedia page for the Blarney Stone, that famous block of bluestone in Ireland, it says that […]

Elizabeth and Robert: A Dangerous Liaison

| February 8, 2011

Today, we have a guest post from C W Gorner, author of “The Last Queen”, “The Confessions of Catherine de Medici” and the recently released “The Tudor Secret”, the first book in a series called the Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles. You can read my review of “The Tudor Secret” over at our Tudor Book Review […]

In Praise of Queens – Why Women Should Reign over Britannia

| January 21, 2011

Historian and author, Dominic Sandbrook, has written a very interesting article for the UK’s “Daily Mail” entitled Why we should ALWAYS give the crown to a woman. His article is in response to the controversy surrounding the government’s plan to amend the 1701 Act of ¬≠Settlement so that a first-born girl can succeed to the […]

Elizabeth I’s Image

| February 15, 2010

This post continues from The Anne Boleyn Files post “Henry VIII’s England” which is an article on last night’s episode of “The Seven Ages of Britain” where David Dimbleby explored the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I through examining the art and treasure of the period. Hatfield House David Dimbleby’s first stop, in considering […]

Mary Queen of Scots – Part One

| February 8, 2010

On this day in history, the 8th February 1587, Elizabeth I’s arch enemy, cousin (once removed) and fellow queen, Mary Queen of Scots (Mary Stuart), was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. To commemorate her execution, I thought it would be good to look at her fall, trial, execution and just why she was executed by a […]

Happy New Year!

| December 31, 2009

Just a quick post to thank you for all the Christmas messages you have sent me, to thank you for all your support over the past few months and to say “Happy New Year!” As you know, the Elizabeth Files is fairly new and has only been going since August but it already has a […]

Katherine Grey – Heir to Elizabeth by Leanda de Lisle

| December 9, 2009

Today we have a guest post by Leanda de Lisle, historian and author of “The Sisters Who Would Be Queen”, a book that I have just reviewed over at our Review site – click here to read my review. “The Sisters Who Would Be Queen” looks at the lives of Lady Jane Grey, Katherine Grey […]

Superstition

| December 2, 2009

Today, we are lucky enough to have another guest post by Robert Parry, author of one of my favourite historical fiction books “Virgin and the Crab”. Thank you Robert! By the way, if you haven’t read “Virgin and the Crab” yet then you should check out the video trailer at the bottom of this post […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 3

| October 27, 2009

This is part three of my series on Elizabeth I and Mary I and the relationship they had as half-sisters. Please read Part1 and Part 2 to find out about their relationship in childhood and in the early years of Mary I’s reign. Today, I will examine their volatile relationship and how it deteriorated even […]

Elizabeth and Mary Part 2

| October 23, 2009

If you watched “The Tudors”, you may have been surprised by the scenes of the teenage Mary sharing a bed with her little half-sister Elizabeth, daughter of the woman she viewed as a whore, and showing affection towards her. Were these scenes just figments of Michael Hirst’s imagination? Well, of course these scenes are fictional, […]