7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

| September 7, 2013

On 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace. Her parents were King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. Her birth, although initially a disappointment, was a joyous occasion, but nobody on that September day realised that this baby would grow up to be a great Queen of England, […]

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

| September 7, 2012

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 […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Illegitimate Siblings

| March 18, 2011

In my previous article on Elizabeth I’s early life, Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background, I looked at Elizabeth’s immediate family, her parents and her half-brother and -sister, but I did not look at people who were alleged to be her illegitimate siblings. Today, I’m going to look at the children who could have […]

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 I – Her Father’s Daughter and the Lion’s Cub

| February 4, 2010

As someone who spend a lot of time researching Elizabeth’s mother, Anne Boleyn, and her tragic end, I find it fascinating that Elizabeth seemed to bear her father, Henry VIII, no ill will for her mother’s execution and, instead, idolised him. Whatever you believe about the causes of the fall of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII […]

What Did Elizabeth I Look Like?

| September 11, 2009

“What a silly question!”, you may say, after all we’ve got an abundance of portraits and depictions of this famous queen of England! But, can we trust these to give an accurate record of what Good Queen Bess really looked like? Probably not. Why do I say this? Because, like many monarchs of her time, […]

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. […]

Mary I’s Legacy

| August 21, 2009

Elizabeth I was the third of Henry VIII’s children to reign over England, following in the footsteps of her step-siblings Edward VI and Mary I, and although she must have been ecstatic to receive what was rightly hers she must also have been incredibly apprehensive. Why? Because England was in a pretty bad way. The […]