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Welcome to the Elizabeth Files!

Welcome to the Elizabeth Files website! This site has hundreds of articles and resources on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of…

Posted in Elizabeth Personality

Elizabeth I and her temper

Elizabeth I was the daughter of two hot-tempered individuals, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, so it is little wonder that…

Posted in Early Life Tudor events

Wyatt dies proclaiming Elizabeth’s innocence

On this day in Tudor history, 11th April 1554, in the reign of the Catholic Queen Mary I, Sir Thomas…

Posted in People

Sir Francis Walsingham – Elizabeth I’s spymaster

Today is the anniversary of the death of Sir Francis Walsingham on 6th April 1590. Walsingham had an amazing career,…

Posted in Tudor Times

Easter Sunday in Tudor times

On Easter Sunday in medieval and Tudor times, the candles that had been kept burning around the Easter sepulchre since…

Posted in Tudor Times

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday and I thought I’d share with you how it is usually commemorated in my nearest town…

Posted in Household People

Mary Sidney, as foul a lady as the smallpox could make her

Happy anniversary to Mary (née Dudley) and Henry Sidney who got married on this day in Tudor history, 29th March…

Posted in Tudor Times

Happy Palm Sunday

Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates the entry of Jesus Christ into the…

Posted in Tudor events

26 March 1566 – Arguments over vestments

On this day in Elizabeth I’s reign, 26th March 1566, Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Edmund Grindal, Bishop of…

Posted in Death of Elizabeth I Tudor events

26 March 1603 – James VI receives news of Elizabeth I’s death and his accession as James I

On this day in history, 26th March 1603, Sir Robert Carey arrived at Holyrood in Edinburgh, Scotland, to inform the…

Posted in Tudor events

25 March 1584 – Elizabeth I gives permission to Walter Raleigh to colonise lands in the New World

On this day in history, 25th March 1584, Queen Elizabeth I granted letters patent to explorer Walter Raleigh (Ralegh) giving…

Posted in Books

Elizabeth I books – my top picks

To mark the anniversary of the death of Queen Elizabeth I on this day in 1603, I thought I’d share…

Posted in Death of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I’s last days from The Virgin Queen

I loved “The Virgin Queen” series starring Anne-Marie Duff as Elizabeth I, and I think Elizabeth I’s last days were…

Posted in Portraits

Elizabeth I Portraits

As it’s the anniversary of our favourite monarch, the iconic Queen Elizabeth I, I thought I’d share some Elizabeth I…

Posted in Death of Elizabeth I

The death of Elizabeth I, Gloriana, the Virgin Queen

On this day in Tudor history, 24th March 1603, sixty-nine year-old Queen Elizabeth I died at Richmond Palace. She had…

Posted in Death of Elizabeth I

The dying Elizabeth I finally takes to her bed

On this day in Tudor history, 21st March 1603, a dying Queen Elizabeth I finally took to her bed. Sixty-nine-year-old…

Posted in Thomas Seymour Tudor events

Forgetting God to love a king – Thomas Seymour’s execution

On this day in Tudor history, 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, was…

Posted in People Tudor events

St Cuthbert Mayne, Catholic martyr

On this day in Tudor history, 20th March 1544, Cuthbert Mayne (Main/Maine) or St Cuthbert Mayne, Roman Catholic priest and…

Posted in Early Life Mary I

Elizabeth is arrested and taken to the Tower!

On this day in Tudor history, 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, Elizabeth, daughter of King Henry VIII by his second…

Posted in Elizabeth I Writings Mary I

Elizabeth I’s famous Tide Letter – 17 March 1554

On 17th March 1554, two members of Queen Mary I’s council turned up at Whitehall Palace to escort Elizabeth (future…

Posted in News

The Boleyns of Hever Castle – 1 August 2021 – Owen Emmerson and Claire Ridgway

I’m so very excited! Castle Supervisor Dr Owen Emmerson and I will be talking about our very favourite historical people,…

Posted in Anne Boleyn Early Life Household Parents

Mothering Sunday – Elizabeth I, her mother and mother figures

Happy Mothering Sunday to all those celebrating today! I know it’s Mother’s Day in the UK and my mum is…

Posted in Books Elizabeth movies News

Elizabeth I in A Discovery of Witches

As I write this, Season 2 of A Discovery of Witches is airing in the UK on Sky and it’s…

Posted in People Robert Dudley

Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley

This page has been written exclusively for The Elizabeth Files by novelist Jeane Westin, writer of “The Virgin’s Daughters: In…

Posted in Elizabeth I Writings

Queen Elizabeth I the writer

Elizabeth I wasn’t just the Queen of England, she was also an accomplished writer. At the age of just eleven,…

Posted in Books Catherine Parr Elizabeth I Writings

The works of Elizabeth I and Catherine Parr

To celebrate World Book Day today, I thought I’d share with you these two collections which are the works of…

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News from Claire – The Elizabeth Files is back!

You might remember that a few years ago our server had problems and both the main disk and back up…

Posted in Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s resting place

Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon is the resting place of the Bard, William Shakespeare. It’s one of the places that Philippa…

Posted in Elizabeth places Robert Dudley

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I

In this video, I talk about the haunting ruins of about Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I’s visit there in 1575….

Posted in Elizabeth places News

London Charterhouse

London Charterhouse is a beautiful Tudor property in London. It has been a Carthusian monastery and a Tudor mansion, and…

Posted in Elizabeth places News

Hampton Court Palace

Find out more about this beautiful Tudor palace in this video from Philippa Brewell. It’s one of the places that…