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 […]

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

| July 25, 2020

A court fool is rather foolish and Mary I gets married

On this day in Tudor history, 25th July 1535, the Feast of St James, the imperial ambassador wrote about a furious King Henry VIII who’d apparently been nearly driven to commit murder! What had angered the king? Well, it involved Henry VIII’s fool and some foolish name-calling. Find out more in my latest “on this […]

Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?

| June 18, 2019

Was Anne Boleyn a wicked stepmother?

In today’s instalment of my “Questions about Anne Boleyn” series, I consider the relationship between Anne Boleyn and her stepdaughter, Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Anne Boleyn is often blamed for the ill-treatment Mary received in the 1530s, being painted as a wicked stepmother, so I look at how Mary […]

15 June 1536 – Mary is a traitress who would be punished as such

| June 15, 2019

15 June 1536 – Mary is a traitress who would be punished as such

On this day in Tudor history, 15th June 1536, Mary (the future Mary I), daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, received an intimidating visit at her home at Hunsdon. The visit was from members of the king’s council, who had been sent by her father, the king, to persuade […]

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

| November 17, 2017

17 November 1558 – The Queen is dead! Long live the Queen!

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, died at St James’s Palace at the age of forty-two. Mary had named her half-sister, twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth, as her heir and members of Mary’s council rushed to Hatfield to give the new queen the news of Mary’s death. On hearing […]