Book Review: “Best Served Cold” by Martha D. Jones

Book Review: “Best Served Cold” by Martha D. Jones

The Tudor Court, a vibrant testosterone-fuelled maze of manners, duty, politics and sex. To be a woman in such an environment requires guile, luck and loyal friends - a princess needs these even more. To her father she was a disappointment, a bastard, a whore, to her sister a threat and to her stepmother she [...]

Book Review: “Before the Reign Falls” by David Black

Book Review: “Before the Reign Falls” by David Black

The life and story of the Lady Jane Grey is one that I have not often read about. I've posted a couple of articles about Jane including her wardship to Thomas Seymour and her letter to Queen Mary I. When I was approached by?Austin Macauley to read and review this book I was very excited [...]

All That is Left Unsaid (Guest Post)

All That is Left Unsaid (Guest Post)

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); “We are more bounde to them that bringeth us up wel than to our parents” Elizabeth I “The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” Henry Green With comments such as the one above made by Elizabeth I, no wonder that many have argued about [...]

History of Queen Elizabeth’s Portraits

History of Queen Elizabeth’s Portraits

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Between the late 1540s and 1603, roughly 135 portraits survive of Queen Elizabeth. At the beginning of her reign, Elizabeth's portraits were in high demand. With the Queen's popularity so high a proclamation of 1563 was created - the proclamation looked to regulate the production of Elizabeth's likeness, doing so [...]

Elizabeth’s Last Speech to Parliament: Golden Speech

Elizabeth’s Last Speech to Parliament: Golden Speech

Here is the text from the famous Golden Speech by the most popular English monarch, Queen Elizabeth I of England. There are several versions of the speech surviving. The following speech is from The Journals of  All the Parliaments during the Reign of Queen Elizabeth - edited by Sir Simonds D' Ewes and published in London in [...]

Lettice Knollys: Cousin vs Queen (Part 3)

Lettice Knollys: Cousin vs Queen (Part 3)

Guest article by Karlie aka History Gal Lettice Knollys’ flirtation and subsequent marriage to Queen Elizabeth’s favorite, Robert Dudley, saw her banished from court in 1569 and again in 1579.  Lettice had been forgiven once, but the Queen was not inclined to forgive her cousin again. Dudley, on the other hand, was summoned back to [...]

A Kingdom in Crisis: Queen Mary I of England

A Kingdom in Crisis: Queen Mary I of England

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 [...]