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 This superseded the 1534 Act of Succession, which had made Mary illegitimate and had appointed Elizabeth as heir to the throne.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 […]

Jane the Fool

| April 1, 2014

Jane the Fool

As it’s April Fools’ Day today, I thought I’d take a look at Jane the Fool, the woman who was court fool to Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Mary I (when she was princess and queen) and Queen Catherine Parr. Jane was what John Southworth, in his book “Fools and Jesters at the English Court”, refers […]

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

| February 20, 2014

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

Following her birth on 18th February 1516, the future Mary I, was baptised on 20th February in the Church of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. The little princess was carried to the font by the Countess of Surrey and her godparents were Catherine Courtenay, Countess of Devon and daughter of Edward IV; Margaret Pole, Countess […]

18 February 1516 – The Birth of Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| February 18, 2014

18 February 1516 – The Birth of Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

On 18th February 1516, in the early hours, Queen Catherine of Aragon’s fifth pregnancy1 ended with the birth of a healthy baby girl. This little girl, the future Queen Mary I, was born at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich. After nearly seven years of marriage, Henry VIII was disappointed that the baby was just […]