Elizabeth Fitzgerald was born in 1527, in Ireland to Gerald Fitzgerald, 9th Earl of Kildare and his wife Elizabeth Grey. Elizabeth Grey was the daughter of Thomas Grey, 1st Marquis of Dorset. Dorset was the son of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen to King Edward IV, by her first husband, John Grey. In 1533, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, her mother and one of her sisters moved to London when her father was accused of treason or corruption charges and put in the Tower of London [More]
On the 17th of March 1554, Elizabeth was informed that she was to be taken to the Tower of London as a prisoner of the queen for her involvement in Wyatt's Rebellion. When informed she requested a moment to write a letter to her sister, the queen. In it she asked not to be condemned without proof and protested her innocence. By the time she completed her letter the tide had changed and spared her one more night before being sent to the Tower. One can imagine the [More]
Guest Article by Meg McGath Repost from TudorQueen6 – The Life and Family of Queen Katherine Parr (10 August 2012) Your Excellency, what I have done for the Lady Mary is much less than I would like to do; as well as being my duty in every respect. As for the friendship between our two countries, I have done and will do nothing to prevent it from growing still further as the friendship is so necessary and both sovereigns [are] so good.” Katherine’s relationship w [More]
On the 19th of July 1553, Mary Tudor was declared Queen of England. From that moment (and obviously prior to it) she understood the importance of having an heir. For if she did not produce an heir her sister Elizabeth would keep England Protestant. It was very important for Mary to return England to Rome and resume the Catholic faith to her country. It wasn't until the 25th of July 1554, that Mary and Philip were married. Her biological clock was already ticking - Mary [More]
Guest article by Alan Freer It was mid-morning on Palm Sunday in the year of Our Lord 1554. A young woman of 20 sat in a barge at the Watergate of the Tower of London. Under this dark, forbidding, stone portal so many had passed to end their lives on Tower Green at the executioner’s block. Her own mother had made the same journey some 18 years before. At first she refused to alight on the landing-stage but was informed by the Marquess of Winchester that she had [More]
When you think of infamous English monarchs who is the first to come to mind? Henry VIII? King Henry VIII is popularly known for marrying six times and executing two of his wives, as well as his famous split from Rome. It might surprise you to learn that Henry VIII was considered one of the most prolific builders of the English monarchs. He also helped to increase the size of the English Navy with ships like: Henry Grace a Dieu, The Mary Rose, The Peter and man [More]
Birth: 18 February 1516, Greenwich Palace Father: Henry VIII Mother: Katherine of Aragon Accession: 19 July 1553 Coronation: 1 October 1553 Husband: Philip II of Spain (m. 25 July 1554) Preceded by: Edward VI Succeeded by: Elizabeth I "The Pearl of the Realm" In history, Mary Tudor is best known as "Bloody Mary." She was so much more than what history painted her to be as a ruler. If we go back to the beginning of her life we'll be able to get a bette [More]
I know I am not the only one who stares at portraits and compares them to find similar facial features. Someone suggested a side by side of their portraits to see which parent each child looks most like. I did my best to find images that looked similar. Please weigh in - in the comment section below! Hope you enjoy!