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. […]

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

| May 26, 2015

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

On 26th May 1536, one week after her stepmother’s execution, Henry VIII’s daughter Mary wrote to Thomas Cromwell asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf. It appears that Mary held Anne Boleyn responsible for her ill-treatment and the breach in her relationship with her father, and is hopeful that Cromwell can help […]

8 April 1554 – The Hanged Cat

| April 8, 2015

8 April 1554 – The Hanged Cat

According to John Stow, the English historian and antiquarian, on this day in 1554 a cat dressed as a priest, a symbol of Catholicism, was found hanged on the gallows in Cheapside. Here is Stowe’s account: “The same 8. of April, being then Sunday, a cat with hir head shorn and the likenes of a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]