Category Archives: Elizabeth I

Handkerchiefs and Tennis

On 31 March 1565, the English ambassador in Scotland reported to the former English ambassador in France an incident that had (probably) occurred at Hampton Court. He had heard it from the Earl of Atholl, a grandee at the court … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth I, errors & myths, Robert Dudley, sources & historians | Tagged , , , , , | 3 Comments

Did Good Queen Bess Kill More People for Religion than Bloody Mary?

Did Mary I kill fewer people because of religion than Elizabeth I? – The short answer is no. I have seen many claims over the last few years on the internet that Mary I executed fewer people on grounds of … Continue reading

Posted in Edward VI, Elizabeth I, errors & myths, religion | Tagged , | 2 Comments

How Henry VIII Got Rid Of His Wives

We left the Ambassador Extraordinary of France, François de Scépeaux, Sieur de Vieilleville, and his companions at the court of Edward VI in early 1547 amazed at how English noblemen behaved towards their sovereign; they even knelt when serving the … Continue reading

Posted in Edward VI, Elizabeth I, John Dudley, religion, sources & historians | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Did William Paget Talk About Elizabeth and Robert Dudley?

In 1978, a manuscript was found in the British Library which contained materials for a history of the early years of Elizabeth I’s reign. The Journal of Matters of State or BL Additional MS 48023, as the manuscript is usually … Continue reading

Posted in Amy Robsart, Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, sources & historians | Tagged ,

Did Robert Dudley Have a Spy in Margaret Douglas’ Household?

Did Robert Dudley employ a spy in Margaret Douglas’ household at Temple Newsam in Yorkshire in the early 1560s? According to a number of Margaret’s and her son Darnley’s biographers, yes. The claim seems to rest on a single document. … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth I, errors & myths, Robert Dudley, sources & historians, strange facts from popular books | Tagged , ,

How Much Did Lettice Knollys Resemble Queen Elizabeth I?

It is often said that Lettice Knollys, Robert Dudley’s second wife, bore a remarkable resemblance to her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I. Because Robert Dudley risked his favoured position with Elizabeth when he married Lettice, biographers have sometimes … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth I, errors & myths, Lettice Knollys, paintings | 4 Comments

Interview (No. 3)

I am happy to say that I was invited by the wonderful Diana Milne to be her guest at The Review Blog. Please go here …

Posted in Elizabeth I, my book, my guest articles & talks

In Luctu Terminantur or To End in Grief

William Cecil, Elizabeth I’s chief minister, had a habit of preparing memoranda for his own later use. He would make lists of things and arguments he found worth remembering. Two of these lists concern Robert Dudley and his role as … Continue reading

Posted in Amy Robsart, Elizabeth I, errors & myths, Robert Dudley, sources & historians, strange facts from popular books | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Books, Dudley-Related (3)

In the spring of 1584 the English government (in the person of Sir Francis Walsingham) became aware of a new publication that had surfaced in France. Smuggled into England, The Copy of a Letter written by a Master of Arts … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth I, Robert Dudley, sources & historians | Tagged

Books, Dudley-Related (2)

Among the very best books ever published on Robert Dudley has to be Elizabeth Goldring’s 2014 Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and the World of Elizabethan Art: Painting and Patronage at the Court of Elizabeth I. Gorgeously illustrated, it demonstrates … Continue reading

Posted in Elizabeth I, paintings, Robert Dudley, sources & historians | Tagged , ,