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Danielle Taylor
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The disastrous Willoughby-Littleton marriage
Francis Willoughby Francis Willoughby (1547-96) was the youngest child of Henry Willoughby (d.1549) and Anne Grey (d.1548). Francis' childhood was one of instability and confusion. Francis lost his mother when he was only a year old, and then his father a y...
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Cavendish-Pierrepont marriage negotiations
Frances Cavendish (1548-1632) married Henry Pierrepont (1546-1615) before 1568 and the couple went on to have six children; + Robert Pierrepont (1584-1643) m. Gertrude Talbot + Elizabeth Pierrepont (1568-1621) m1. Sir Edward Norreys m2. Sir Thomas Erskine +...
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GBBO 2015: Week 6 Pastry - Raspberry and Almond Frangipane Tart
After the hideous free-from week last week which just went awfully for me, I was happy to see that sweet bakes were back. Pastry week was the one I was looking forward to the most as I have never made pastry and always intended to. Making pastry was actuall...
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GBBO 2015: Week 5 Free From - Sugar Free Carrot Cake
This was tough. I have never made anything that is 'free-from' nor ever wanted to really. This carrot cake bake was actually my second attempt at this week's task. First I tried to bake a sugar free sponge cake, but this turned out awful. As in, the cakes c...
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Margaret Wotton and her son Henry Grey
Margaret Wotton (1487- 1541) was the mother of Henry Grey (1517-54), the future father of Queen Jane Grey, by her second husband Thomas Grey. After the death of her husband, Margaret and Henry's relationship deteriorated and only worsened over the years.  M...
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GBBO 2015: Week 4 Desserts - New York Baked Cheesecake
In addition to my banana cheesecake  I wanted to make a baked cheesecake as well to properly test my cheesecake skills. A popular recipe that I found was for a New York style baked cheesecake, and it also looked relatively simple as I didn't want to try som...
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GBBO 2015: Week 4 Desserts - Banana Cheesecake
Cheesecake has always seemed like an easy thing to make, as it is the dessert of choice for people on shows like Come Dine with Me and Dinner Date. So I wanted to push myself more with this rather than keeping it simple. I decided to make a Banana Cheesecak...
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Anne Dormer's Hungerford marriage
Anne Dormer  (1525-1603) became the second wife of Walter Hungerford (1526-96) in May 1558 and the couple had four children; Susan (b.1564), Edmund (1562-85), Jane (b.1566) and Lucy (b.1560). However this was not a happy marriage, and within ten years Walte...
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GBBO 2015: Week 3 Bread - Banana Bread
I have been intending to make bread for absolute months, and now I actually have no choice but to make it! I decided to go with the signature bake of this weeks GBBO; quick breads. I had to google what these were, and found a list of examples of quick bread...
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The Darrell-Wyatts
Elizabeth Darrell, born around 1513, was the youngest daughter of Edward Darrell, Chamberlain to Queen Catherine of Aragon, and his third wife Alice Flyte. By 1530 Elizabeth was serving Queen Catherine of Aragon as a Maid of Honour until her death in Januar...
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