Elizabeth I

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Saoirse Ronan rides out in armour that matches her blue eyes

 A few weeks ago, the distributors of Josie Rourke’s workmanlike historical drama embarked on one of the era’s more ill-considered social-media c(...)

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Queen of Scots, and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I

Josie Rourke kicks off her heels and sums up her current punishing schedule with the words: “Bouts of talking about myself, punctuated by having my ha(...)

 Shaun Usher: “I became obsessed with the concept of letter-writing and how it was dying out.” Photograph:  Colin McPherson/Corbis via Getty Images

When Shaun Usher started his website nine years ago, he didn’t have world domination on his mind. “I literally started the blog to pass the time in a(...)

Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie fight for the British throne in the first trailer for Mary Queen Of Scots. In the film, Mary Stuart — played by Ronan(...)

King Bones: criticising Ian Brown’s vocals is like dismissing a poet for poor handwriting, says Keith Hughes (far right)

Like many 14-year-olds, all I did was play or watch football. It was while doing the latter, one Saturday as the nets bulged on Goal of the Month, tha(...)

 Donogh O’Malley with a portrait of Eamon de Valera. Photograph: Eddie Kelly

The recent national outbreak of people saying “bollocks”, in the Leinster House canteen and elsewhere, has prompted some readers to recall another fam(...)

According to folk tradition, today is the last  day that blackberries can be safely eaten

If you’re still hoping to pick blackberries this autumn, you may need to hurry. According to folk tradition, today is the last day the fruit can be sa(...)

When people come to visit us at Clonbrock Castle, flanked by its picturesque assemblage of turrets, walled gardens and cottages, they usually first ex(...)

Time limit on “Henry VIII clauses”? Britain’s Brexit secretary David Davis. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA

On Wednesday, Theresa May was compared with Elizabeth I. On Thursday, it was the Virgin Queen’s father, Henry VIII. In preparation for Brexit, the UK (...)

 King Hanvery VIII’s determination to marry Anne Boleyn and the Pope’s refusal to endorse the divorce which would have made it possible was more the occasion than the cause of the historic schism. Photograph: iStock

According to Cardinal Reginald Pole the English Reformation was result of Henry VIII’s “fleshy will” and “carnal concupiscence”. It is easy to under(...)

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