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 […]

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2015

17 November 1558 – The death of Queen Mary I and the accession of Queen Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at St James’s Palace, London. She was just forty-two years of age and had reigned for only five years and four months. She passed the throne on to her half-sister, Elizabeth, the twenty-five year-old daughter of […]

13 November 1553 – Lady Jane Grey’s Trial at Guildhall

| November 13, 2015

13 November 1553 – Lady Jane Grey’s Trial at Guildhall

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, in the reign of Queen Mary I, 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 all found guilty as charged, with the men being sentenced to […]

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

| October 16, 2015

16 October 1555 – The Martyrdom of Bishops Latimer and Ridley

On this day in history, 16th October 1555, during the reign of Mary I, Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worcester, and Nicholas Ridley, Bishop of London, were burnt at the stake for heresy in Oxford. Ridley and Latimer, along with Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, who was burnt at the stake on 21st March 1556, are known as […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

| September 12, 2015

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer tried at Oxford

On Thursday12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. Cranmer had served Kings Henry VIII and Edward VI as archbishop, but now it was the […]

8 July 1553 – Mary declares herself Queen at Kenninghall

| July 8, 2015

8 July 1553 – Mary declares herself Queen at Kenninghall

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII, declared herself Queen following news of King Edward VI’s death. Mary had heard the news of her half-brother’s death from goldsmith Robert Reyns on 7th July, while she was staying with Lady Burgh at Euston Hall, near Thetford. […]

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

| June 15, 2015

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter Mary at her home at Hunsdon. Their mission was to persuade her, or rather bully her, into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she […]