Queen Elizabeth I and Westminster Abbey

Not only was it the site of Elizabeth’s coronation, but it is her final resting place. Elizabeth’s tomb is in the Henry VII Chapel. After her death, James I built her a tomb. She rests with her half-sister Mary I. Although divided by religion in life, these powerful queens will forever be remembered in Westminster Abbey.

Elizabeth I of England

Born in 1533, Elizabeth I was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. Before she was three years old, her mother was beheaded, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. She was mostly neglected by her father until his last wife, Catherine...

A Virginal and a Queen

  Do you play the piano? What about the harpsichord? Have you heard of a virginal before? If you haven’t, you’re not alone, but virginals used to be common household instruments, and anyone who was anyone had one. Virginals are in the same family of...

Images of Power

Elizabeth I was always a bit of a heroine of mine. A women who ruled on her own, refused to get married, and gained the name of Gloriana for ruling over Britain’s Golden Age. There’s plenty of nostalgia and propaganda in that view, but it’s not completely...

Mary, Queen of Scots

  Mary Queen of Scots (December 1542 – February 1587) was queen of Scotland from 1542 to 1567 and queen consort of France from 1559 to 1560. She became queen of Scotland when she was just 6 days old, her father James V of Scotland had died from injuries...

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