A to Z of Elizabethan Times

C is for CECIL. Sir William Cecil, later Ist. Baron Burghley, was Princess Elizabeth’s adviser and helped to steer her through the fraught years when it seemed impossible she would survive. When Elizabeth became Queen, Cecil was appointed Secretary of State. Elizabeth, who had a penchant for giving nicknames to her advisers and members of […] Read more »

The Elizabethan Era – An A to Z

Peter Cooke-Author B is for BABINGTON PLOT The Elizabethan era saw many plots against Queen Elizabeth I. Sir Anthony Babington, who originated from Dethic in Derbyshire, was a leading English conspirator of a plot to assassinate Elizabeth and put the former Scottish Queen, Mary Stuart on the throne of England, thus re-establishing the Catholic faith.  […] Read more »

The Elizabethan Era – An A To Z

Peter Cooke – Author A is for: ARMADA The invincible armada sent in 1588 by Philip II of Spain was a defining moment in the Elizabethan era.  His intention was to overthrow Elizabeth I of England, to stop English involvement in the Spanish Netherlands and English privateering in the Atlantic and Pacific.  It wasa also […] Read more »

Record galley trip from Cyprus

In my “Smell of toast” post, I mentioned I was doing some research on galley journey times from Venice to Cyprus and vice versa. I discovered that the regular journey time for a war galley was eighteen days. On the 7th October 1571 at the Battle of Lepanto, the Christian Alliance fleet defeated the Ottoman […] Read more »