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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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24 September 1589 – Executions of William Spenser and Robert Hardesty at York

On 24th September 1589, William Spenser, Roman Catholic priest and martyr, and layman Robert Hardesty were executed at York. Spenser…

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Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birth

Although it is not actually known which day in 1564 William Shakespeare was born, his birth is celebrated on 23rd…

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26 February 1564 – Baptism of Christopher Marlowe

On this day in history, 26th February 1564, Christopher Marlowe, poet, translator and playwright, was baptised at St George’s Canterbury….

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Execution of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset – 22 January 1552

On 22nd January 1552, between 8am and 9am, the former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Seymour, was…

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4 September 1588 – The Death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester

Today is the anniversary of the death of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. He died on 4th September 1588 at…

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Happy 485th Birthday John Dee!

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite Tudor men, John Dee. Happy 485th birthday,…

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11 April 1554 – Execution of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

On this day in history, 11th April 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger, son of the poet and diplomat Sir…

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25 February 1601 – Execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

On this day in history, the 25th February 1601 at just before 8am on the 25th February 1601, Robert Devereux,…

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12 February 1590 – Death of Blanche Parry

On this day in history, 12th February 1590, Elizabeth I’s former childhood nurse and chief gentlewoman of the privy chamber,…

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10 February 1567 – Murder of Lord Darnley, Husband of Mary Queen of Scots

At 2am on the 10th February 1567, Kirk o’Field, the house where Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, was lodging, was blown…

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Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent…

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22 January 1552 – Execution of Edward Seymour

Between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the morning of the 22nd January 1552, former Lord Protector of England, Edward…

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20 January 1569 – Death of Miles Coverdale, Bible Translator

On this day in history, 20th January 1569, the famous Bible translator and Bishop of Exeter Miles Coverdale died after…

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16 January 1549 – Thomas Seymour, the Young King and the Spaniel

On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Edward VI’s uncle, Thomas Seymour, was alleged to have broken into the…

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6 January 1562 – Shane O’Neill is Received at Court by Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 6th January 1562, Shane O’Neill (Irish name Seán Ó Néill), King of the Ulster O’Neill…

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Death of Roger Ascham – 30 December 1568

Scholar and royal tutor Roger Ascham died on this day in history, 30th December 1568, after being taken ill on…

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21 December 1545 – William Cecil Marries Mildred Cooke

Thanks to Nasim for reminding me of this ‘on this day in history’ on Twitter. Yes, on this day in…

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Sir Francis Drake Sets Off on his Circumnavigation – 13 December 1577

On this day in history, 13th December 1577,  Sir Francis Drake finally left Plymouth with his fleet of five ships…

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18th November 1559 – Death of Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham

On this day in history, 18th November 1559, 85 year old Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham died in prison at…

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Lady Jane Grey

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey, Guildford Dudley, Ambrose Dudley, Henry Dudley and Archbishop Thomas…

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Birth of Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex – 10 November 1565

Happy Birthday, Robert Devereux! Yes, on this day in history, 10th November 1565, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, was…

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The Gunpowder Plot – Remember, Remember the 5th November

Today, in the UK, we commemorate James I’s lucky escape after Guy Fawkes was caught red-handed with rather a lot…

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The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Campaigns Against Anonymous Film

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon, hometown of William Shakespeare, has today launched a one day protest coinciding with the…

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16th October 1555 – The Burnings of Latimer and Ridley

On this day in history, 16th October 1555, Bishops Latimer and Ridley, two of the Oxford Martyrs, were burned at…

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14th October 1586 – Trial of Mary Queen of Scots

On this day in history, 14th October 1586, the trial of Mary Queen of Scots began at Fotheringhay Castle in…

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In Memory of Two Top Tudor Men

Today, at the Elizabeth Files, we remember the lives of two influential Tudor men because on this day in history……