17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

Secrets of the Virgin Queen

| January 25, 2011

Just a quickie post to let those of you who get the National Geographic Channel know that “Secrets of the Virgin Queen” is being aired tonight – TUE JAN 25 9P National Geographic say of the programme:- “They called her the Virgin Queen England’s first Queen Elizabeth, a revered ruler in her own lifetime. Yet […]

The Case of Amy Robsart – A Tudor Whodunnit?

| November 19, 2010

As promised, I want to share with you what was said in last night’s Channel Five “Revealed” programme, “The Virgin Queen’s Fatal Affair”. I wrote copious notes so that I didn’t miss anything and I have divided the different topics into sections so that it is easy for you to take in. The programme featured […]

Why Didn’t Elizabeth I Marry?

| November 3, 2010

In the final scene of Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth”, starring Cate Blanchett, we see Kat Ashley cutting Elizabeth’s hair off and Elizabeth making a dramatic entrance in front of her court dressed as a bride in an elaborate white gown, pearls (which symbolise purity), a red wig, a huge ruff and a whitened face. When Elizabeth […]

Elizabeth I – Queen of PR

| June 17, 2010

A few months ago I wrote an article entitled “Elizabeth I’s Image” which was based on the BBC series “The Seven Ages of Britain”, a series which looked at Britain’s history through its art and treasure. In that article I mentioned how Elizabeth I, like her father Henry VIII, used her portraits as propaganda, as […]

Elizabeth I: A Tudor Rose by Any Other Name

| September 14, 2009

The name Elizabeth is thought to be of Hebrew origin. It means ‘God’s Promise,’ and it remains one of the most popular names for girls. It was most likely given to the princess Elizabeth in 1533 in honour of her Grandmother, Elizabeth of York, the wife of Henry VII. And it was also the Christian […]

Good Queen Bess

| September 14, 2009

I remember the smell of her perfume as I sat perched on my Grandmother’s lap.  “Always remember that we are Americans by birth but Virginians by the grace of God,” she would say as she told me stories of the Virgin Queen.  Growing up in the Commonwealth of Virginia I have always felt a connection […]