Elizabeth Norton





  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 3

    by - Feb 18, 2014
    In July 1540 Anne of Cleves – the fourth wife of Henry VIII – went from being queen of England back to Anne, the Daughter of Cleves, with alarming speed. Life as an ex-queen of England...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 2

    by - Jan 28, 2014
    Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of Henry VIII, endured the shortest marriage of any of the six wives. In fact, her marriage was over before it had even begun. In late June 1540 Anne was...
  • Anne of Cleves, A Flanders Mare: Part 1

    by - Jan 11, 2014
    Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, with the rhyme ‘Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived’, recording their largely unenviable fates. Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, is a household name, but what of the other...
  • Judith of Francia: Twice Queen of Wessex

    by - Dec 20, 2013
    Anglo-Saxon queens receive very little attention, with it commonly believed that there were no pre-Conquest queens in England. Such an assertion is patently untrue, as the lives of early queens, such as Elfrida, Emma of Normandy...
  • Empress Matilda, Lady of the English

    by - Dec 2, 2013
    On 25 November 1120 the White Ship sank off the coast of Normandy not long after it set out for England. The ship, which was fast and well-built, went down quickly, with only two survivors. Unfortunately,...
  • A Viking King of England

    by - Nov 20, 2013
    One Thousand years ago this winter, England was a very different place. The year 1013 marks the first eleventh century conquest of England, with the year ending with a Viking, Sweyn Forkbeard, on the throne. Today,...
  • Elfrida, The First Crowned Queen of England

    by - Nov 7, 2013
    It is often claimed that the Anglo-Saxons did not have queens. Instead, Matilda of Flanders, the wife of William the Conqueror is credited with being the first queen of England. While most Anglo-Saxon king’s wives failed...
  • Royal Christenings Through the Ages

    by - Oct 22, 2013
    Prince George of Cambridge will follow in a long line of royal babies when he is christened on Wednesday. As a deliberate nod to this tradition, he will be baptised wearing a replica of the christening...
  • A One Thousand Year Old Murder Mystery

    by - Oct 10, 2013
    On the evening of 18 March 978 Edward, the teenaged king of England, set out on horseback for Corfe in Dorset, intending to visit his half-brother, Ethelred, and stepmother, Elfrida. He never made it inside the...