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

| November 17, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of forty-two at St James’s Palace in London. She had been queen for just five years and four months. Mary passsed the throne on to her twenty-five-year-old […]

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to Elizabeth, future Queen of England

| September 7, 2019

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to Elizabeth, future Queen of England

On this day in Tudor history, 7th September 1533, at Greenwich Palace, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a healthy baby girl. This daughter would, of course, grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, Gloriana, Good Queen Bess, a queen who would rule England for over […]

The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel with Loretta Goldberg plus special price!

| June 20, 2019

The Reversible Mask: An Elizabethan Spy Novel with Loretta Goldberg plus special price!

Historical novelist Loretta Goldberg has made this wonderful video for the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube channel about her Elizabethn spy novel The Reversible Mask, which is a wonderful read. In her video, Loretta talks about her book, an Elizabethan spy novel, and then treats us to an excerpt. Here’s the book blurb […]

Did Anne Boleyn have much to do with Elizabeth?

| March 29, 2019

Did Anne Boleyn have much to do with Elizabeth?

In this instalment of my series “Questions about Anne Boleyn”, I answer the question “Did Anne Boleyn have much of a relationship with Elizabeth?” I consider whether Anne Boleyn was disappointed with her daughter’s birth, whether there is evidence that she didn’t bond with Elizabeth, and how she was involved with the princess’s early life […]

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn’s daughter

| March 24, 2019

24 March 1603 – The death of Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn’s daughter

On this day in Tudor history, at Richmond Palace, sixty-nine-year-old Queen Elizabeth I, the only daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, “departed from this life, mildly like a lamb”. She had ruled for over forty-four years, since 17th November 1558, and her reign has gone down in history as a “Golden Age”. You can […]

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

| January 15, 2019

15 January – A king makes himself head of the Church and a queen is crowned

15th January has two very important “on this day in Tudor history” events. On 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. This followed the passing of the Act of Supremacy in November 1534. Click here to read more about this. Twenty-four years later, on […]

10 September 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s daughter is baptised

| September 10, 2018

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, a future Queen of England was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. The little princess was the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and she would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. The […]

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

| August 9, 2018

Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech

On 9th August 1588, the fifty-four-year-old Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn gave a rousing speech. She gave it to the English troops that had been gathered at Tilbury Fort by her good friend, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, in anticipation of the expected invasion by the […]