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Elizabeth I – England’s Greatest Monarch?

I thought it would be good to move away from the myths, rumour and scandal that surround this great lady,…

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Katherine Grey – Heir to Elizabeth by Leanda de Lisle

Today we have a guest post by Leanda de Lisle, historian and author of “The Sisters Who Would Be Queen”,…

Posted in Books Catherine Parr Early Life Elizabeth General Elizabeth Myths Elizabeth Personality Lady Elizabeth Loves and Suitors People Thomas Seymour

Elizabeth, Seymour and Shakespeare

OK, I promise that this is my last post on the conspiracy theories, rumours and scandals surrounding Good Queen Bess…

Posted in Elizabeth Myths Elizabeth Personality Loves and Suitors People Robert Dudley

The Arthur Dudley Myth

Following on from the Bisley Boy legend and the myth that Elizabeth I was really genetically male, I just had…

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Elizabeth I – A Virago, Genetically Male or Simply a Strong woman?

My inspiration from this article comes from the comments left on my “Bisley Boy” post, particularly the one left by…

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Elizabeth and Mary Part 2

If you watched “The Tudors”, you may have been surprised by the scenes of the teenage Mary sharing a bed…

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Elizabeth Locket Ring

Elizabeth I had a very special piece of jewellery commissioned in around 1575, a piece that would mean so much…

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Elizabeth and Mary Part 1

Today’s post is the first about two sisters (or rather half-sisters): Mary and Elizabeth, their relationship as children and what…

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Elizabeth I’s Nativity Chart

This post has been sparked off by the wonderful novel that I’m reading at the moment – “The Virgin and…

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Did They or Didn’t They?

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

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Witches, Wenches and Weakness

In Wednesday’s episode of “Elizabeth’s Women” on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme, the roles and duties of…

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The “Bosom Serpent” and Gloriana

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week on “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman focused on Chapter 12…

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Elizabeth’s Ladies

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, featuring “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman, was mainly about Elizabeth’s…

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Elizabeth and the Two Katherines

Today’s episode of BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week, featuring “Elizabeth’s Women” by Tracy Borman, is about the two…

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The Legacy of Anne Boleyn

As you know, if you have read my posts over the last week, Tracy Borman has just written a book…

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Was Elizabeth a Jealous Old Hag?

I’ve just been listening to a BBC History Magazine interview with Tracy Borman, writer of “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story…

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Elizabeth’s Women

I’ve just pre-ordered Tracy Borman’s new book, “Elizabeth’s Women: The Hidden Story of the Virgin Queen”, after hearing an interview…

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Happy Birthday Good Queen Bess!

On this day in history, our heroine Queen Elizabeth I of England was born at Greenwich Palace. Although her parents…

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Elizabeth I: The Writer

Elizabeth I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn who were both patrons of…

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The Shaping of a Monarch

I love David Starkey’s “Elizabeth”, particularly the introduction, because it really helps us to understand what drove this monarch, what…