Posted in Books Catherine Parr Elizabeth I Writings

The works of Elizabeth I and Catherine Parr

To celebrate World Book Day today, I thought I’d share with you these two collections which are the works of…

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News from Claire – The Elizabeth Files is back!

You might remember that a few years ago our server had problems and both the main disk and back up…

Posted in Shakespeare

William Shakespeare’s resting place

Holy Trinity in Stratford-upon-Avon is the resting place of the Bard, William Shakespeare. It’s one of the places that Philippa…

Posted in Elizabeth places Robert Dudley

Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I

In this video, I talk about the haunting ruins of about Kenilworth Castle and Elizabeth I’s visit there in 1575….

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London Charterhouse

London Charterhouse is a beautiful Tudor property in London. It has been a Carthusian monastery and a Tudor mansion, and…

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Hampton Court Palace

Find out more about this beautiful Tudor palace in this video from Philippa Brewell. It’s one of the places that…

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Hatfield House

My dear friend Philippa Brewell talks about the history of Hatfield House… It’s one of the places that Philippa and…

Posted in Elizabeth General

Welcome to the Elizabeth Files!

Welcome to the Elizabeth Files website! This site has hundreds of articles and resources on Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of…

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 Robert Dudley Tudor events

8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley

On Sunday 8th September 1560, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart) died at Cumnor Place near Abingdon, her rented accommodation. Her death…

Posted in Anne Boleyn Early Life Henry VIII Parents

7 September 1533 – The Birth of Elizabeth I at Greenwich Palace

On 7th September 1533, Queen Elizabeth I was born at Greenwich Palace. Her parents were King Henry VIII and his…

Posted in People Shakespeare

Celebrating Shakespeare’s Birth

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

Posted in People

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….

Posted in Mary Queen of Scots

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

On this day in history, on the morning of the 8th February 1587, Mary, Queen of Scots, was escorted to…

Posted in People

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…

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 Elizabeth I Writings Elizabeth I's Achievements

30 November 1601 – Elizabeth I’s Golden Speech

On this day in history, 30th November 1601, Elizabeth I delivered her famous Golden Speech to the House of Commons,…

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 Early Life

10 October 1562 – Elizabeth I Contracted Smallpox

On 10th October 1562, the twenty-nine year-old Elizabeth I was taken ill at Hampton Court Palace, with what was thought…

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1 October 1553 – The Coronation of Mary I

On this day in 1553, Mary I, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen…

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7 September 1533 – Birth of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen

Today marks the 479th anniversary of Elizabeth I’s birth on 7th September 1533 at Greenwich Palace. How wonderful that nearly…

Posted in Loves and Suitors People Robert Dudley

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…

Posted in Tudor events

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in history, 24th August 1572, during the reign of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter Elizabeth I,…

Posted in Catherine Parr Elizabeth I Writings

Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

On 31st July 1544, the future Elizabeth I wrote her earliest surviving letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. It was…

Posted in Mary I

25 July 1554 – The Marriage of Mary I and Philip of Spain

On this day in history, 25th July 1554, Mary I married Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman…

Posted in Lady Jane Grey Mary I Monarchy

19 July 1553 – Mary Proclaimed Queen in London

On the 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in…

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 Lady Jane Grey Mary I Monarchy Tudor events

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553 a party of people arrived at the Tower of London by barge….

Posted in Lady Jane Grey Mary I

9th July 1553 – Mary Writes to the Privy Council and Lady Jane Grey is Informed that She is Queen

After declaring herself as Queen the day before, in front of her household at Kenninghall, Mary wrote the following letter…

Posted in Edward VI Lady Jane Grey Mary I Monarchy

8 July 1553 – Mary Declares Herself Queen

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor declared herself Queen. She had been informed…