Christopher Marlowe

Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593) was a play-write and poet born in Canterbury, England. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest Elizabethan theatricians of all time. Marlowe’s name is often grouped with William Shakespeare, and Ben Jonson as they all wrote and performed these types of plays. Although maybe not as well known to the […]


Newfoundland was officially an English possession in 1583, but this island was previously explored by Vikings and the Portuguese Empire. First inhabited by Eskimos and Indians, Newfoundland quickly became an island that gained popularity amongst various countries. Newfoundland was especially well known for its waters and fisheries that appealed to those exploring the areas. Soon […]

King Philip II of Spain

King Philip II of Spain (1527-1598) or “Felipe II” in Spanish, was, at different times, the King of England, Spain, Portugal, Naples and Sicily. His crown ruled a territory in every one of the continents known at the time and during his tenure Spain attained its highest level of authority and domination. In fact, some […]

Mary, Queen of Scots

Mary, Queen of Scots, born December 8th, 1542 was just six days old when her father, King James V of Scotland, died and she was put on the throne. Although she was the technical ruler of Scotland, she spent most of her childhood in France while Scotland was ruled by regents. In 1558, Mary married […]

Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard Sir Francis Drake is related to my post because he lead this attack. The Singeing the King of Spain’s Beard is the name given to the attack at the Bay of Cadiz in April and May 1587 by the English lead by Sir Francis Drake. This attack was committed against the Spanish. Most of […]

Dutch Revolt

The Dutch Revolt was a victorious revolution led by the Northern “Seven Provinces” (modern-day Netherlands) from King Philip II and Spain. The rebellion occurred over an eighty-year period between the years of 1568–1648 and was the spark to what later became known as the “Eighty Year’s War”. The uprising of the Protestant peoples of the […]

The Great Regime of King James Robert Dudley was an English Nobleman trhe same place King Henry ruled over! He was also refused to marry King James’s mom. King James was seen and is still seen as an iconic leader during his time. King James was the son of Mary, the Queen of Scots and the great-great-grandson of Henry VII. Both […]

Roanoke Colony (1585-1590)

The Roanoke Colony was founded in 1585 under the authority of Sir Walter Raleigh. Raleigh was granted a patent from Queen Elizabeth I March 25, 1584 to colonize America. The enterprise was originally financed by Sir Humphrey Gilbert, however, he drowned in 1583 during an attempt to colonize Newfoundland. Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s half-brother, Sir Walter Raleigh, […]

Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester (1532-1588)

Robert Dudley was the fifth son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland and Jane Guildford. In his youth he witnessed the downfall of his family in 1553 when his father John Dudley, the Duke of Northumberland, had unsuccessfully tried to establish his daughter in law, Lady Jane Grey, on the English throne. John Dudley went […]

Sir Walter Raleigh Sir Francis Walsingham is connected to Sir Walter Raleigh in a big way. They were the ones who were aware of Mary’s plans to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Sir Walter Raleigh was a courtier, explorer, soldier, and writer who hated Roman Catholicism. He grew up Protestant, and he grew up with many near escapes during the reign […]