Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I & Lettice Knollys

Historian Nicola Tallis’ latest book, Elizabeth’s Rival: The Tumultuous Life of the Countess of Leicester, offers a fascinating glimpse into the interpersonal relationship between Elizabeth I and her kinswoman Lettice Knollys.  Tallis presents a compelling view of their complicated bond, which, despite the famous people involved, resembles most dysfunctional, familial relationships.  It had its highs.  [read more]

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn – The road to execution

Queen Now that she was Queen, she needed to perform a Queen’s most important task. She needed to provide him with a male heir. She was already pregnant, and so the future looked promising. On Whit Sunday, 1 June 1533, Anne Boleyn received a magnificent coronation while she was around six months pregnant. They probably [read more]