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 […]

Kat Ashley

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Kat Ashley (Kat Astley) in the following articles:- Finding Kat Ashley by Karen Harper Elizabeth and the Two Katherines

The Execution of Thomas Seymour

| March 20, 2010

On this day in history, 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour the 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, was beheaded after being found guilty of treason. Thomas Seymour was a very dissatisfied man. Although he was Lord High Admiral and had been the husband of Katherine Parr, the dowager queen, his brother Edward Seymour, 1st Duke of […]

Elizabeth I and Mother Figures

| March 12, 2010

I’ve just written an article over at The Anne Boleyn Files, entitled “Anne Boleyn: The Mother”, looking at Anne’s short time as Elizabeth’s mother, which you may be interested in reading – click here. It’s hard to know whether Elizabeth had any memories of her mother at all, with her mother dying when Elizabeth was […]

Finding Kat Ashley by Karen Harper

| January 7, 2010

Today, we have a guest post from Karen Harper, author of “The Queen’s Governess”, “The Last Boleyn” and “The Queen Elizabeth I Mystery Series”. I have just reviewed “The Queen’s Governess”, which is to be released on the 21st January, over at our Tudor Book Reviews site and it is also The Anne Boleyn Files […]

The Bisley Boy

| November 4, 2009

Don’t you just love conspiracy theories?! 911, Roswell, the moon landing, JFK, Princess Diana, Michael Jackson…the list goes on, but did you know that there is a conspiracy theory relating to Elizabeth I which, if true, would make our present day Queen actually Queen Elizabeth I rather than Elizabeth II? Before I go into the […]

Elizabeth’s Ladies

| September 23, 2009

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, featuring “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman, was mainly about Elizabeth’s household, the ladies who attended her. The programme also mentioned Elizabeth’s lavish coronation which was based on Anne Boleyn’s coronation which took place just over 25 years earlier – you can read about that over […]