13 November 1553 – The trial of an archbishop and a queen

| November 13, 2016

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (or Queen Jane as I think of her) was tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall, London, along with her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were all found guilty and condemned to death, the […]

Mary I’s Coronation

| October 1, 2016

Mary I’s Coronation

On this day in history, 1st October 1553, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester. Here are links to some articles I wrote for the Tudor Society on the lead-up to Mary’s coronation in 1553: Mary I’s Coronation Part 1 […]

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

| June 15, 2016

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

Following the execution of her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, in May 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, the Lady Mary, was in hope of a reconciliation with her father. She had been estranged from her father due to her refusal to acknowledge the annulment of her parents’ marriage and to recognise her father’s marriage to Anne, her […]

8 June 1536 – Mary appeals to her father, Henry VIII

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – Mary appeals to her father, Henry VIII

On 26th May 1536, a week after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary, had written to Thomas Cromwell, asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf and for permission to write to the king. On 8th June 1536, Mary then wrote to her father. Letters and Papers has a record of […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

26 May 1536 – Mary writes to Cromwell

| May 26, 2016

26 May 1536 – Mary writes to Cromwell

On 26th May 1536, exactly a week after the execution of her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, the Lady Mary wrote to Thomas Cromwell, her father’s right hand man, asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf and for permission to write to the king. Read more…

18 February 1516 – The birth of a fair princess

| February 18, 2016

18 February 1516 – The birth of a fair princess

In the early hours of 18th February 1516, at Greenwich Palace, “was borne a fayre prynces and christened with great solempnitie, and named Mary.”1 This little girl was the future Queen Mary I. Mary was Catherine of Aragon’s fifth pregnancy and although King Henry VIII must have wanted a living son, when Sebastian Giustinian, the […]

New history course – Heroes and Villains

| January 28, 2016

New history course – Heroes and Villains

Historian Toni Mount has today launched her new online history course with MedievalCourses.com! It’s called Heroes and Villains (MC02) and is a fascinating course – I know because I’ve done it (I narrated it so got a sneak peek!). Here is the blurb: Enjoy this exciting new course from historian and author Toni Mount where […]