Happy coronation day, Elizabeth! That’s right: on January 15, 1559, Elizabeth I, last monarch of the House of Tudor, was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey, following her accession on November 17, 1558. After a highly unstable childhood, the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn somehow managed to weather the reign of her devoutly Catholic half-sister, Mary, who was a little too fond … Continue reading Good Queen Bess
On 16 January 1572, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk and cousin of Queen Elizabeth, went on trial for his part in the Ridolfi Plot, a scheme to overthrow the Queen and replace her with the Catholic Mary, Queen of Scots. Obviously, it did not go well. The plot itself was the handiwork of Roberto di Ridolfi, a banker who apparently had way too much … Continue reading Killing Cousins
After a fairly disastrous reign, Mary, Queen of Scots abdicated her throne on July 24, 1567 in favor of her infant son, James. Like her son, Mary came to her throne young—she was only six days old when her father died. She was raised mostly in France, where she was engaged and later married to the dauphin, while her mother, the Frenchwoman Marie de Guise, … Continue reading Off You Go!
If I had to guess, I’d say this probably wasn’t a favorite day in Queen Elizabeth I’s calendar. First, in 1587 she had her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots, put to death, and then 14 years later one of her favorites, Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, led a rebellion against her. Luckily for her, he was an idiot and promptly got his ass kicked. … Continue reading The Idiot Brigade
After a lifetime of being jerked around, abandoned, and emotionally abused, Mary I and her Issues were crowned Queen on October 1, 1553, following the failed nine-day-long monarchy of Jane Grey. Mary, the daughter of the much-loved Katherine of Aragon and much-married Henry VIII, came to the throne on a wave of popularity. After Jane Grey was deposed, Mary rode into London with 800 nobles … Continue reading Bloody Mary
Happy birthday, Queen Elizabeth! On September 7, 1533, the new queen, Anne Boleyn, gave birth to a baby girl who would unexpectedly grow up to be one of England’s most celebrated rulers. Despite being born to royalty, Elizabeth’s life wasn’t an easy one. Her mother was executed less than three years after her birth and her father had her declared illegitimate, neglecting her to such … Continue reading Elizabeth I