September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

| September 11, 2022

September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 11th September 1581, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Barnaby Fitzpatrick, 2nd Baron of Upper Ossory, died in Dublin, at the home of surgeon, William Kelly. Fitzpatrick had been a close friend of Edward VI in his youth and had been educated with him. Historians once believed him […]

August 28 – A defiant Mary

| August 28, 2022

August 28 – A defiant Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 28th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, future Mary I, received a visit from a delegation of men. The men had been sent by the thirteen-year-old King Edward VI. Thirty-five-year-old Mary was being defiant and disobedient. She was ignoring Edward’s orders and […]

August 27 – Kett’s Rebellion is over

| August 27, 2022

August 27 – Kett’s Rebellion is over

On this day in Tudor history, 27th August 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Crown forces defeated the rebels of Kett’s Rebellion at the Battle of Dussindale, near Norwich, in East Anglia. It brought the rebellion to an end. Let me explain what happened on that day in 1549 and what happened to […]

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

| August 19, 2022

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 19th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, the future Mary I, wrote to the king regarding orders that he had sent, orders that she was not going to obey. As historian Henry Ellis noted, this letter is evidence of Mary’s talent at […]

August 18 – John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland is tried for treason

| August 18, 2022

August 18 – John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland is tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 18th August 1553, in the reign of Queen Mary I, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, was tried for treason at Westminster Hall in London. His trial took place less than a month after his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, who’d become Queen Jane following Edward VI’s death, had been overthrown […]

August 5 – The Battle of Clyst St Mary

| August 5, 2022

August 5 – The Battle of Clyst St Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1549, during the reign of King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII, the Battle of Clyst St Mary took place near Exeter, in Devon. This battle, which saw the Crown forces victorious, was part of the Prayer Book Rebellion, a rebellion against the religious measures of […]

July 7 – News of Edward VI’s death reaches Mary

| July 7, 2022

July 7 – News of Edward VI’s death reaches Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1553, news of King Edward VI’s death reached his eldest half-sister, Mary. Where was Mary when she received the news? What was she doing and what happened next? Find out in this #TudorHistoryShorts video: If you’d like to know more about the events of July 1553, the […]

June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

| June 9, 2022

June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

On this day in Tudor history, 9th June 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer was used for the very first time. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s publication was used at Whitsun services all around England. This was a huge day for the English Reformation as it meant […]