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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…