Category Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth – Francis Drake – and a place in Spain

There are times when history research can be extremely frustrating! For instance – the date for Francis Drake’s ‘singing of the King of Spain’s beard’ is quoted by some as Wednesday 19th April 1587 while others place it 10 days later on Saturday 29th April 1587. There is one thing that is clear though – […]

All set for the ancient Manor Court ceremony in Bideford?

In my search for something different I came across the following:- The ancient Bideford Manor Court ceremony is an annual custom dating back to the Elizabethan age – and this year is due to take place on Saturday 25th March 2017. The Court was set up by an Elizabethan charter in 1573. It was also […]

The answers from last Friday’s Tudor challenge – and another 5 for this week

The answers to last week’s 5 True or False challenges are: 11. The statement that Tudors drank water with their meals was FALSE.  People knew that drinking water made them ill so they rarely drank any.  Most people – including children – drank ale or beer.  Ale had been the staple drink but was now […]

The answers from last week’s Tudor challenge – and 5 more for you

6. Henry VIII had six wives – and half of them were executed.  This is false.  He did have six wives – but only two were executed.  The sequence I learned at school went – divorced – beheaded – died – divorced – beheaded – survived.  The ladies in question were: Catherine of Aragon who […]

The answers from last week and five more questions for this week

Hello – I hope you enjoyed the first posting in our Tudor story.  Before we go on to pose some more questions let’s deal with the answers to last week’s questions first:  There was a war called ‘The War of the Roses’ during the Tudor era.  This is true: Henry Tudor was a Lancastrian who […]