Category Queen Elizabeth 1

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 to the last of the Tudor Fact or Fiction

16. Tudors thought gardens were a waste of time.  Very much FALSE.  The Tudors loved their gardens.  They would be laid out with great care and attention into shapes, hedges, ponds and lakes.  The clipped hedge shapes would ‘tell’ stories. Many were used to create mazes – perfect for a secret trist with a member […]