Tag Archives: Elizabeth I

Elizabeth I

The start of Queen Elizabeth I’s reign

On the 17th November 1558, Elizabeth I succeeded her half-sister Mary to become queen of England.

Elizabeth I and the first English lottery

Elizabeth I and the first English lottery (where everybody won a prize!)

On the 11th January 1569, the first recorded lottery was drawn in England under Elizabeth I.

An overview of the decisive Battle of Gravelines during the Spanish Armada

The Battle of Gravelines, the decisive battle of the Spanish Armada, took place off the coast of Flanders.

James I of Scotland

James VI of Scotland: the 13 month old king

On the 29th July 1567, James VI was crowned king of Scotland when he was just 13 months old.

Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

On the 8th February 1587 Mary Stuart, more commonly known as Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed in the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.

Singeing the King of Spain's Beard

An overview of Sir Francis Drake and the ‘Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard’

On the 29th April 1587, Sir Francis Drake entered the Bay of Cádiz and attacked the Spanish naval fleet in an event known as ‘Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard’.

Execution of Sir Walter Raleigh

Why was Sir Walter Raleigh beheaded in 1618?

On 29th October 1618 Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded for treason against James I in the Main Plot.