Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

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…

Posted in Elizabeth I's Achievements Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I’s Coronation – 15 January 1559

At midday on January 15th 1559, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey – Long Live the…

Posted in Mary I Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I

17 November 1558 – This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes

“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

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,…

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots The Reign of Elizabeth I

18 February 1612 – Death of Roberto di Ridolfi

On this day in history, the merchant and conspirator Roberto di Ridolfi died at the grand old age of eighty…

Posted in Elizabeth I's Achievements Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

15th January 1559 – The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth I

On the 15th January 1559, a day chosen by her astrologer Dr John Dee, a triumphant Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor Politics

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…

Posted in Appearance of Elizabeth I Elizabeth I's Achievements The Reign of Elizabeth I

Glamour in Austerity

Thank you so much to Evangelia Palios on Twitter for telling me about Lisa Jardine’s radio programme “Glamour in Austerity”…

Posted in Elizabeth I's Achievements People The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

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…

Posted in Elizabeth I Writings Elizabeth I's Achievements The Reign of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

Apologies for not posting about Elizabeth I’s famous Golden Speech yesterday on its 410th anniversary, yesterday was just one of…

Posted in Loves and Suitors People The Reign of Elizabeth I

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…

Posted in Anne Boleyn Elizabeth I's Achievements Henry VIII The Reign of Elizabeth I

7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, Gloriana

On this day in history, 7th September 1533, Elizabeth Tudor, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was born at Greenwich Palace….

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 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…

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…

Posted in People Spanish Armada The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

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…

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…

Posted in News People The Reign of Elizabeth I

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 Elizabeth I's Achievements People Spanish Armada The Reign of Elizabeth I

Sir Francis Drake

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

Posted in Elizabeth I's Achievements Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

The Coronation of Elizabeth I – 15th January 1559

On this day in history, the 15th January 1559, at 12pm, Elizabeth I was crowned Queen. She was the third…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

John Dee – A Biographical Sketch

I asked Robert Parry, author of “Virgin and the Crab” which has John Dee as one of its main characters,…

Posted in Elizabeth General Elizabeth I's Achievements Mary I Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I

The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

On the 16th November 1558, at around midnight, Mary I received the last rites. A few hours later, at 6am…

Posted in Monarchy The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor events

Remember Remember the 5th November!

“Remember remember the 5th November” is a rhyme that many of us were taught in school, although perhaps not the…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I

The Death of Philip Sidney

On this day in history, 17th October 1586, the poet, courtier and soldier, Sir Philip Sidney, died as a result…

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

The 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 Elizabeth General Elizabeth I Writings News The Reign of Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I – Primary Sources

While there are some excellent biographies and books out there on Elizabeth I, her reign and Elizabethan times, there’s nothing…

Posted in People The Reign of Elizabeth I Tudor Times

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in history, the 24th August 1572, an estimated 3,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris and…

Posted in Elizabeth I's Achievements Spanish Armada The Reign of Elizabeth I

Spanish Armada 9 – God Blew and They Were Scattered

On this day in history, the 20th August 1588, a thanksgiving service was held at St Paul’s in London to…