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21 December 1545 – William Cecil Marries Mildred Cooke

| December 21, 2011

Thanks to Nasim for reminding me of this ‘on this day in history’ on Twitter. Yes, on this day in 1545 William Cecil, the future Baron Burghley, married his second wife, Mildred Cooke (1526-1589), eldest daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, Edward VI’s tutor. Mildred helped to bring up her stepson, Thomas Cecil, and had five […]

In Memory of Two Top Tudor Men

| September 13, 2011

Today, at the Elizabeth Files, we remember the lives of two influential Tudor men because on this day in history… 13 September 1520 – Birth of William Cecil, Lord Burghley 13 September 1557 – Death of Sir John Cheke Happy birthday Lord Burghley and rest in peace Sir John, you are not forgotten. You can […]

4 August 1598 – Death of William Cecil, Lord Burghley

| August 4, 2011

On this day in history, the 4th August 1598, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died at his home in London aged 76. He was laid to rest at St Martin’s Church, Stamford, in his home county of Lincolnshire. You can read more about William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s right hand man, in the following articles:- William […]

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 […]

William Cecil, Lord Burghley

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, in the following articles:- William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley The Cambridge Connections The Cambridge Connections Part 2

A Belated Happy Birthday to William Cecil, Lord Burghley and RIP Sir John Cheke

| September 14, 2010

Apologies to William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley and Elizabeth I’s chief advisor, for missing his 489th birthday yesterday – happy birthday!¬†Yes, William Cecil was born on the 13th September 1521 in Bourne, Lincolnshire. You can find out more about him in the bio I wrote on him to commemorate the anniversary of his death on […]

William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley

| August 5, 2010

I meant to write this article to coincide with the anniversary of William Cecil’s death, the 4th August 1598, so I’m sorry this is a day late. I think the best way to commemorate someone’s death is to celebrate their life and what a life William Cecil had! He really was an incredible man and […]

The Cambridge Connections – Part 2

| June 7, 2010

This is the second part of author Robert Parry’s examination of the “Cambridge Connections” which Anne Boleyn gave her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, when she asked her chaplain Matthew Parker to look after Elizabeth if anything should happen to her. The Cambridge Connections – Part 2 by Robert Parry In part two of this […]

The Cambridge Connections

| June 2, 2010

Back at the beginning of May, I wrote an article entitled “The Fall of Anne Boleyn” where I mentioned the fact that Anne Boleyn asked her chaplain, Matthew Parker, on the 26th April 1536 to ensure that her daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was looked after if anything happened to Anne. This request is important […]

Did Robert Dudley Murder Amy Robsart?

| February 22, 2010

According to a report in yesterday’s “Daily Mail”, entitled “Did Elizabeth I’s lover have wife killed so he could wed the Virgin Queen?”, new evidence has been uncovered which supports the theory that Robert Dudley arranged the murder of his wife, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart), so that he was free to marry Elizabeth I. Amy’s […]