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Did William Cecil Murder Amy Robsart?

In 1560, Amy Robsart, Robert Dudley’s wife, was conveniently found dead at the foot of the stairs at Cunmor Palace, near Oxford. Her husband, now free to marry Queen Elizabeth I, has always been considered the prime suspect by those who don’t believe the suicide or accident theories. After all, the culprit is always the

Book Reviews: Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter, Her Ladyship’s Guide To Good Manners, & Demystifying Success

Hello everyone, ready for today’s book reviews? The first book is a Tudor romance, the second an etiquette manual, and the third a guide that will help young adults succeed in life. Let’s get started: Queen Elizabeth’s Daughter by Anne Clinard BarnhillNope, the title doesn’t refer to a fictional daughter of Elizabeth I. This is

At The Elizabethan Court

In last years of the 16th century, German lawyer Paul Hentzner travelled through Switzerland, France, England, and Italy. Once he returned home, he published the account of his tour in his book Itinerarium Germaniae, Galliae, Angliae, Italiae, cum Indice Locorum, Rerum atque Verborum. Here’s an extract about the customs and splendour of the Elizabethan Court:

Historical Reads: Did Elizabeth I Really Hate Other Women?

Did Queen Elizabeth I really hate other women? Over at English Historical Fiction Authors, Sandra Byrd debunks the myth. To quote: There is no doubt that from time to time Elizabeth expressed, sometimes forcefully, her preference that her ladies not marry. Anne Somerset, in her biography, Elizabeth I, states, “The Queen’s opposition to her ladies

Book Review: The Lady Elizabeth By Alison Weir

Synopsis:Even at age two, Elizabeth is keenly aware that people in the court of her father, King Henry VIII, have stopped referring to her as “Lady Princess” and now call her “the Lady Elizabeth.” Before she is three, she learns of the tragic fate that has befallen her mother, the enigmatic and seductive Anne Boleyn,

Historical Reads: The Household of Elizabeth Tudor

Author Claire Ridgeway has written a very interesting post about the people who made up Elizabeth Tudor’s household. To quote: Sir John Shelton Sir John Shelton was married to Anne Boleyn, sister of Thomas Boleyn and aunt to Queen Anne Boleyn. The couple were in charge of the households of Mary and Elizabeth from 1533

Wyatt’s Rebellion

Mary I’s decision to marry Philip of Spain was very unpopular. The English, in fact, feared that Philip would be their ruler and turn their country into “another Habsburg milch cow”*. These fears were also shared by Parliament, who tried to dissuade the Queen from the match and convince her to marry Edward Courtenay, Earl