1992 saw the Elizabeth II, Queen of England’s Ruby Jubilee, a celebration of forty years on the throne. The event saw widespread celebration and festivities across Britain and the Commonwealth. The queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, undertook a royal tour of Canada and Australia. Galas were held, coins were minted, street… Read More Annus Horribilis Battle Royale: 1992 vs 2022
The sexuality of King James VI of Scotland & I of England has been long debated by historians. He is long held as an example of an openly gay king parading his lovers for all the court to see. Meanwhile, his passionate love letters to his ‘male favourites’ are held up by those who disagree… Read More Queer Kings & Queens: Was James I & VI gay?
CW: This article discusses rape. In the words of Adelaide Kane: Tonight’s episode deals with a very serious issue. Today, sexual assault happens all too often and the majority know their perpetrator. If this has happened to you, tell someone. You are not to blame for what happened and there are people who can help.… Read More Everything wrong with Reign (Season 2)
The mystery of the princes in the tower is one of the most enduring in British history. In 1483 Edward IV died unexpectedly after a brief illness leaving his young son, Edward to succeed him as Edward V. Twelve-year-old Edward and his nine-year-old brother, Richard, ended up in the royal apartments of the Tower of… Read More Did Edward V survive in Devon?
For Elizabeth I, the insult that she might not be chaste lasted until the very latest years of her reign. The defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 put paid to the idea that her queenship was in any way diminished by the lack of a husband, and marriage negotiations had not been seriously considered… Read More Was the Virgin Queen a Virgin? Pt III: Raleigh, Essex, et al
When considering the question of Elizabeth I’s virginity, one name comes to mind immediately and before all others: Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. If Elizabeth had sex with anyone it would surely have been him. He was, after all, the great love of her life and those feelings were certainly requited. He was at her… Read More Was the Virgin Queen a Virgin? Part II: Robert Dudley
And albeit it might please almighty God to continue me still in this mind to live out of the state of marriage, yet it is not to be feared but He will so work in my heart and in your wisdom as good provision by his help may be made in convenient time, whereby the… Read More Was The Virgin Queen a Virgin? Part I: Thomas Seymour
At the risk of making myself immensely unpopular, I finally watched Reign and I enjoyed it. There, I said it. It bears no resemblance to history, the costumes are ridiculously anachronistic, more than half of the characters never actually existed, the storylines are insane, there isn’t a chaperone to be found, and yet, I love… Read More Everything Wrong with Reign (Season 1)
This blog exists, in part, due to David Starkey. Young me was studying at a time when Starkey was considered the absolute authority on Tudor history. He’d written a definitive study of Elizabeth I and had yet to call Catherine Howard a ‘silly little slut’. This week, he appeared on GB News (no comment) for… Read More David Starkey, Aberfan, and Acts of God: A Rebuttal
Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl written in 2001 arguably turned an entire generation onto historical fiction. It prompted a slew of novels written about the royal court, specifically the overlooked women who are forever relegated to the sidelines. The Other Boleyn Girl follows the life of Mary Boleyn, the lesser known sister of Anne… Read More Everything Wrong with The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)