17 November 1558 – The Death of Queen Mary I

| November 17, 2014

17 November 1558 – The Death of Queen Mary I

At St James’s Palace, early in the morning of 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I died. This daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was just forty-two years old and had only reigned for five years and four months. Mary I has gone down in history as “Bloody Mary”, the “killer […]

13 November 1553 – The Trial of Lady Jane Grey, Archbishop Cranmer and Ambrose, Guildford and Henry Dudley

| November 13, 2014

13 November 1553 – The Trial of Lady Jane Grey, Archbishop Cranmer and Ambrose, Guildford and Henry Dudley

On 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer were tried for treason at a public trial at London’s Guildhall. They were led from the Tower of London, through the streets on foot, in a procession led by a man carrying an axe turned […]

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

| October 4, 2014

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

4 October in Tudor history saw two interesting events: trouble in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, in 1536 which led to the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, and in 1556 Sir John Cheke, one time tutor to Edward VI, Secretary of State for Lady Jane Grey and the first Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University, making a public […]

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

| October 1, 2014

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

On Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned Queen Mary I at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. Here is a primary source account of her coronation: “Memorandum, the first dale of October, 1553, was quene Mary crowned; that daie she cam first by […]

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

| September 30, 2014

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

At 3pm on Saturday 30th September, Mary I left the Tower of London to the sound of guns firing and church bells ringing. This was her coronation procession and the next day she would be crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey. You can read a primary source account of Mary’s coronation in The chronicle […]

28 September 1553 – Mary I Prepares for her Coronation

| September 28, 2014

28 September 1553 – Mary I Prepares for her Coronation

On 28th September 1553, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, travelled in a decorated barge to the Tower of London to prepare for her coronation. She was accompanied by her half-sister Elizabeth and as they pulled up to Tower Wharf, they were greeted by music and cannons firing. […]

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

| July 1, 2014

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

On 1st July 1536, Parliament gave the Second Act of Succession its first reading. This superseded the 1534 Act of Succession, which had made Mary illegitimate and had appointed Elizabeth as heir to the throne. The new act declared the illegitimacy of both of Henry’s daughters. Both girls were now barred from the line of […]

15 June 1536 – Mary Receives a Threatening Visit

| June 15, 2014

15 June 1536 – Mary Receives a Threatening Visit

On 15 June 1536 Henry VIII’s daughter Mary received a visit at her home of Hunsdon from members of her father’s council. The men, led by the Duke of Norfolk, had been sent to bully Mary into accepting her father as Supreme Head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she was not the […]