Death of Sir Francis Walsingham – 6 April 1590

| April 6, 2011

On this day in history, 6th April 1590, Elizabeth I’s spymaster, adviser and principal secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, died. Although he had served the Queen for many years, he died in debt as he had underwritten the debts of Sir Philip Sidney, his son-in-law. You can find out more about Sir Francis Walsingham, the man […]

Sir Francis Walsingham

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Sir Francis Walsingham in the following articles:- Sir Francis Walsingham – Sir Francis Walsingham: Elizabeth’s Spymaster

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

| August 24, 2010

On this day in history, the 24th August 1572, an estimated 3,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris and a further estimated 7,000 in the provinces. According to tradition, Catherine de’ Medici persuaded her son, King Charles IX of France, to order the assassination of key Huguenot leaders who had gathered in Paris for […]

Sir Francis Walsingham – Elizabeth’s Spymaster

| April 6, 2010

On this day in history, 6th April 1590, Sir Francis Walsingham died at about the age of 58. He was an incredibly important man during Elizabeth I’s reign being a statesman, private secretary, adviser, diplomat and spymaster, and he probably saved the Queen’s life many times by uncovering various plots against her. Let’s celebrate Walsingham’s […]

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 […]

Plots Against Elizabeth I

| January 29, 2010

One of Elizabeth I’s main achievements has got to be actually becoming Queen by not only rising above her illegitimacy and the scandal surrounding her mother, Anne Boleyn, but also surviving long enough to actually inherit the throne from her half-sister Mary. Elizabeth life had been in very real danger during Mary I’s reign when […]