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The Last of Six

  On 5th September 1548, the former Queen, Catherine Parr died at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire after contracting puerperal fever.  Six days earlier, she had given birth to her only child. Catherine had outlived her former husband Henry VIII by a year, one month and eight days.  Within five months of King Henry’s death, Catherine was

The Ladies are King – England’s Top Ten Monarchs

1.    Most people will know that Queen Victoria is the mother of all British monarchs.  She succeeded to the throne on 20th June 1837, following the death of her Uncle William IV; she was just 18 years old.  Victoria’s remarkable tenure continued for 63 years and 216 days {or 23,226 days}, which makes her

Bess of Hardwick – A Tudor icon

When Elizabeth Hardwick Countess of Shrewsbury died on 13th February 1608, the curtain fell on a most extraordinary life.  Better known as ‘Bess of Hardwick’, she was approximately 80 years old, an outstanding achievement in itself.  Not surprisingly, she was buried in great state at the Church of All Hallows in Derby {now Derby Cathedral};