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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…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots People Tudor events

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…

Posted in People

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……

Posted in People Robert Dudley

8 September 1560 – The Mysterious Death of Amy Robsart

On the 8th September 1560, the body of Amy Robsart, wife of Robert Dudley, was discovered by her servants at…

Posted in Loves and Suitors People Robert Dudley

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

On the 4th September 1588, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester died at his lodge at Cornbury, near Woodstock in Oxfordshire….

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Today is the anniversary of a rather bloody day in history, the 1572 St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre which saw an…

Posted in Edward VI Lady Jane Grey Mary I Monarchy People

22 August 1553 – Execution of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland

On this day in history, 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, was executed on…

Posted in People Tudor Politics

4 August 1598 – Death of William Cecil, Lord Burghley

On this day in history, the 4th August 1598, William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, died at his home in London…

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Musician Damon Albarn and Dr John Dee

Blur and Gorillaz front man, Damon Albarn, has just staged the premiere of “Dr Dee” at the Palace Theatre in…

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Mary Seymour, Daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

I just wanted to share with you news of an article by historian Linda Porter in which she shares a…

Posted in People Shakespeare

Anonymous: Was Shakespeare a Fraud?

Thanks so much to Elizabeth Files visitor, Alexis, for telling me about this movie which is due to be released…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

A Video to Celebrate William Shakespeare’s Birthday!

Enjoy this video of bloggers from around the world commemorating and celebrating the work of the Bard, William Shakespeare as…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare and RIP

Today is the day that traditionally marks the birth of the Bard, William Shakespeare, that famous Elizabethan playwright and actor…

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Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard – April 1587

On the 19th April 1587 Sir Francis Drake entered the harbour of Cadiz on the Spanish coast and led a…

Posted in People Tudor events

Baptism of Guy Fawkes – 16 April 1570

It is not known exactly what date Guy Fawkes was born, possibly the 13th April 1570, but he was baptised…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots People

Death of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell – 14 April 1578

On this day in history, 14th April 1578, James Hepburn, 1st Duke of Orkney and 4th Earl of Bothwell, died…

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Death of Pope Gregory XIII – 10 April 1585

On this day in history, 10th April 1585, Pope Gregory XIII, died. He was the man who said of Elizabeth…

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Death of Sir Francis Walsingham – 6 April 1590

On this day in history, 6th April 1590, Elizabeth I’s spymaster, adviser and principal secretary, Sir Francis Walsingham, died. Although…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

On This Day in History – Sir Francis Drake Knighted and the Birth of William Strachey

On this day in history, on the 4th April 1581, after a sumptuous banquet, Sir Francis Drake was knighted on…

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Sir Francis Drake Sets Sails from Plymouth for Spain – 2 April 1587

On this day in history, 2nd April 1587, Sir Francis Drake sailed out of Plymouth bound for Spain, where he…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

Sir Walter Raleigh Released – 20 March 1616

On this day in history, 20th March 1616, Sir Walter Raleigh (Ralegh) was released from the Tower of London. He…

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Thomas Seymour’s Execution – 20 March 1549

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

Posted in Early Life Elizabeth General Henry VIII Parents People

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Illegitimate Siblings

In my previous article on Elizabeth I’s early life, Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background, I looked at Elizabeth’s…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots People Tudor events

The Murder of David Rizzio – 9 March 1566

On this day in history, 9th March 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots was assassinated…

Posted in Loves and Suitors People

Robert Devereux’s Execution – 25 February 1601

Today marks the 410th anniversary of the execution of Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, and a favourite of Elizabeth…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots People Tudor events

Lord Darnley is Murdered – 10th February 1567

On this day, 10th February 1567, Henry, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered at Kirk o’Field…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots Monarchy People The Reign of Elizabeth I

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots – 8th February 1587

On this day in history, Wednesday 8th February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle.The warrant for…

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Christopher Marlowe’s “Edward II”

Thank you to Kathryn Warner for alerting me to this news on her wonderful blog on Edward II. Christopher Marlowe,…

Posted in Childhood Early Life Household Lady Elizabeth Parents People

The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

In a letter to the Lord Protector, Edward Seymour, in 1549, regarding her governess Kat Ashley’s imprisonment in the Tower…

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Sir Francis Drake

On 28th January 1596, Sir Francis Drake’s remains and those of his second cousin, Admiral Sir John Hawkins, were buried…