The Tide Letter

| October 27, 2009

The Tide Letter was written by Elizabeth to Mary I when she was arrested after Wyatt’s Rebellion. Elizabeth wrote it when she was just about to be taken to the Tower of London for incarceration and it is called the Tide Letter because as Elizabeth wrote the letter the tide of the Tames turned and […]

Letter to James VI 1603

| August 31, 2009

5th January 1603 My very good Brother Hit pleaseth me not a litel that my true intents without gloses or giles ar by you so gratefully taken for I am nothing of that vile disposition of suche as while thir neighbors house is or likly to be a fire wyl not only not helpe but […]

Letter to Winchester and Sussex

| August 31, 2009

Right trustie, and righte welbelovid cousines wee greete you well. Whereas heertofore upon the the advertismentes, from time to time and from sondrie places, of the great preparations of foren forces, made with a full intention to invade this our Realme and other our dominions, wee gave our direccions unto you for the preparinge of […]

Letter to James VI of Scotland 1587

| August 31, 2009

February 14, 1587. My dear Brother, I would you knew (though not felt) the extreme dolor that overwhelms my mind, for that miserable accident which (far contrary to my meaning) hath befallen. I have now sent this kinsman of mine,* whom ere now it hath pleased you to favour, to instruct you truly of that […]

Letter to Mary Queen of Scots 1586

| August 31, 2009

October 1586. You have in various ways and manners attempted to take my life and to bring my kingdom to destruction by bloodshed. I have never proceeded so harshly against you, but have, on the contrary, protected and maintained you like myself. These treasons will be proved to you and all made manifest. Yet it […]

Letter to James VI of Scotland 1585

| August 31, 2009

Right deare brother, the strangenes of harde accidens that ar arrived here, of unloked for, or unsuspected, attemps in Skotland, euen by some suche as lately issued out of our lande, constraineth me, as wel for the care we have of your person as of the discharge of our owne honor and consciense, to send […]

Letter to Mary Queen of Scots 1571

| August 31, 2009

Letter to Mary, Queen of Scots, Feb. 1, 1571 Madame, of late time I have receaved divers letters from yow to the which you maie well gesse, by the accidentes of time, whie I have not made anie answer; but spciallie because I sawe no matter in them that required any such answer as could […]

Letter to Mary Queen of Scots 1568

| August 31, 2009

DEC. 21, 1568 Madame, whilst your cause hath bene here treated upon, we thought it not nedefull to write any thing thereof unto you, supposing alwayes that your commissioners wold thereof advertise as they saw cause; and sithen they have broken this conference, by refusing to make answer, as they say, by your commandement, and […]

1562 Letter to Mary Queen of Scots

| August 31, 2009

Kingston, 15 October 1562 Very dear sister,—If it were not a thing impossible that one should forget her own heart, I should fear you suspected that I had drunk of the waters of Lethe. But I assure you that besides there being no such river in England, so of this fault you are the principal […]

Letter to Erik of Sweden

| August 31, 2009

25 Feb 1560 Most Serene Prince Our Very Dear Cousin, A letter truly yours both in the writing and sentiment was given us on 30 December by your very dear brother, the Duke of Finland. And while we perceive there from that the zeal and love of your mind towards us is not diminished, yet […]