August 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

| August 3, 2022

August 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd August 1553, the newly proclaimed queen, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, processed through the streets of London. She was accompanied by her half-sister, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Mary had claimed the throne from Queen Jane, Lady Jane Grey, her […]

July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

| July 15, 2022

July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

This day in Tudor history, 15th July 1553, was a key point in the events of summer 1553. Royal ships that were supposed to be guarding the coast off East Anglia to stop Mary, half-sister of the late King Edward VI, fleeing England, or any of her supporters invading England, swapped sides. Instead of acting […]

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 15 – Mary is treated appallingly

| June 15, 2022

June 15 – Mary is treated appallingly

On this day in Tudor history, 15th June 1536, twenty-year-old Mary, King Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, was treated appallingly by members of her father’s council. They bullied and threatened the girl her father had once referred to as his “pearl of the world” In this video, I share a contemporary account of what happened on […]

June 14 – Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne are interrogated about Mary

| June 14, 2022

June 14 – Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne are interrogated about Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1536, under a month after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, two courtiers were interrogated regarding their alleged support of Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon. Their names were Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne. Mary had not yet submitted to her […]

June 8 1536 – Henry VIII doesn’t have any legitimate children

| June 8, 2022

June 8 1536 – Henry VIII doesn’t have any legitimate children

On this day in 1536, Henry VIII found himself without any legitimate children. Well, he didn’t find himself that way, really, he made it so. The sixth Parliament of King Henry VIII’s reign met on 8th June 1536 and passed the Second Act of Succession. This act removed Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from […]

May 26 – Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, seeks Cromwell’s help

| May 26, 2022

May 26 – Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, seeks Cromwell’s help

On this day in Tudor history, 26th May 1536, Mary, the eldest daughter of King Henry VIII, sought the help of Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell, the king’s right-hand man. Now that her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, was out of the way, Mary was hoping for a reconciliation with her father. What did Mary want Cromwell to […]

21 Interesting Facts about Mary I

| July 17, 2021

21 Interesting Facts about Mary I

Mary I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and she was Queen of England from July 1553 to November 1558, but how much do you know about her? In this latest edition of my “facts about…” series, I share 21 interesting facts about Mary I. Find out […]