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 […]

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 […]

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2013

17 November 1558 – The Death of Mary I and the Accession of Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, Henry VIII’s eldest child, Queen Mary I, died. She was just forty-two years-old. After Easter 1558, Mary I made her will because she believed that she was pregnant. The birth should have been imminent because Philip departed in July 1557, yet there is no mention in the records of preparations being […]

4 October 1556 – Sir John Cheke’s Public Recantation

| October 4, 2013

4 October 1556 – Sir John Cheke’s Public Recantation

On this day 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, made a public recantation of his Protestant faith in front of Mary I. Cheke had been imprisoned in the Tower of London by Mary […]

1 October 1553 – Coronation of Mary I

| October 1, 2013

1 October 1553 – Coronation of Mary I

On Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary I was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. At 11am, Mary processed into the Abbey, dressed traditionally, as a male monarch would be, in the usual state robes of crimson velvet. Before her processed the Bishop of Winchester, gentlemen, knights and councillors, the […]

25 July 1554 – Mary I Marries Philip of Spain

| July 25, 2013

25 July 1554 – Mary I Marries Philip of Spain

On Wednesday 25th July 1554, the feast day of St James, the 38 year-old Queen Mary I married twenty-seven year-old Philip of Spain (later Philip II of Spain), son of Charles V, Holy Emperor, at Winchester Cathedral. The wedding ceremony was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester and Mary’s Lord Chancellor. “The Chronicle of […]

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

| July 19, 2013

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

On 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in place of Queen Jane. The Earls of Pembroke and Arundel had called a council meeting the previous day to convince council members that Mary’s claim to the throne was legitimate, but it was on this day […]