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The idea of a female monarch was met with hostility in medieval England; in the 12th century Matilda’s claim to the throne had led to a long and bitter civil war. But the death of Edward VI in...

The playwright was baptised on February 26th, 1564.

Volume: 64 Issue: 2 2014

Historians have often depicted the final years of Elizabeth I’s reign as a period of decline or crisis. Yet, though the regime faced serious challenges, Janet Dickinson and Neil Younger show that her government operated more successfully than is usually thought.

Volume: 64 Issue: 7 2014

Without dexterity and imagination historians are in danger of overlooking the telling details that complete the bigger picture, argues Mathew Lyons.

Volume: 64 Issue: 5 2014

For all its faults C.E Hamshere’s account of Francis Drake’s 16th-century circumnavigation, published in History Today in 1967, applies a historical imagination lacking in more recent studies, argues Hugh Bicheno.

Volume: 63 Issue: 2 2013

Margaret Clitherow, a butcher’s wife from York, was one of only three women martyred by the Elizabethan state. Her execution in 1586 was considered gruesome, even by the standards of the time. Peter Lake and Michael Questier tell her story.

Volume: 63 Issue: 7 2013

Judith Richards strips away the veils of illusion covering the last Tudor monarch.

Issue: 72 2012

Mathew Lyons finds stimulation in an allusive article on Sir Walter Ralegh, first published in History Today in 1998.

Volume: 62 Issue: 7 2012

Stephen Alford admires a perceptive article on Lord Burghley, Elizabeth I’s ally and consummate political fixer, by the distinguished Tudor historian Joel Hurstfield, first published in the 1956 volume of History Today.

Volume: 61 Issue: 4 2011

Lauren Kassell reveals how the casebooks, diaries and diagrams of the late-16th-century astrologer Simon Forman provide a unique perspective on a period when the study of the stars began to embrace modern science.

Volume: 61 Issue: 9 2011

The first performance of The Tempest on record was at court on All Hallows’ Day, on November 1st 1611.

Volume: 61 Issue: 11 2011

Sarah Gristwood on the complex issues raised by the restoration of a remarkable Tudor vision of victory over the Spanish Armada.

Volume: 60 Issue: 9 2010

Sexually explicit jigs were a major part of the attraction of the Elizabethan, Jacobean and Restoration stage, as Lucie Skeaping explains. 

Volume: 60 Issue: 2 2010

The idea of a female monarch was met with hostility in medieval England; in the 12th century Matilda’s claim to the throne had led to a long and bitter civil war. But the death of Edward VI in 1553 offered new opportunities for queenship, as Helen Castor explains.

Volume: 60 Issue: 10 2010

Ian Friel argues that popular ideas of the nature of Elizabethan seapower are distorted by concentration on big names and major events. Elizabethan England’s emergence on to the world stage owed much more to merchant ships and common seamen than we might think.

Volume: 60 Issue: 1 2010

Retha Warnicke investigates one of the key questions of Tudor England.

Issue: 67 2010

Patrick Williams provides us with the results of the latest research on the Armada

Issue: 65 2009

450 years ago this month, the young Elizabeth became queen of England. Norman Jones looks at evidence from the state papers, newly available online from Cengage, to show how those close to her viewed the challenges faced in the early days by Elizabethan England.

Volume: 58 Issue: 11 2008

R.E. Foster emphasises the threat to Elizabeth’s regime.

Issue: 62 2008

Michael Morrogh sees value in historical films, despite their evident imperfections.

Issue: 61 2008

Michael Morrogh shows that Renaissance men like Sir Walter Ralegh had a decidedly darker side.

Issue: 62 2008

Did it matter that the fifth Tudor monarch was a woman rather than a man? Retha Warnicke investigates.

Issue: 58 2007

Marie Rowlands charts the changing fortunes of a religious minority.

Issue: 59 2007

R. E. Foster surveys the changing interpretations and introduces the key facts.

Issue: 56 2006

R. E. Foster reconsiders the origins of the Church Settlement of 1559.

Issue: 54 2006

Patricia Pierce finds out about the two men responsible for publishing Shakespeare’s First Folio.

Volume: 56 Issue: 7 2006

A Tudor portrait in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, once believed to be Mary I when princess, has recently been relabelled ‘Possibly Lady Jane Grey’ as the result of research by Ph.D student J. Stephan Edwards. Here he explains how the iconography in the painting prompted the discovery.

Volume: 55 Issue: 12 2005

Mark Rathbone assesses the effectiveness of measures taken in Tudor England to meet the problems of poverty and vagrancy.

Issue: 51 2005

Pauline Croft analyses the causes and traces the consequences of a momentous Treaty.

Issue: 49 2004

Will Saunders examines the diverse and changing interpretations of the Queen's relations with her Councillors.

Issue: 48 2004
Patricia Pierce tells the tale of William-Henry Ireland, whose teenage angst led him to pull off an unlikely hoax.
Volume: 54 Issue: 5 2004

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