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 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 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 […]

18 Interesting Facts about Edward VI

| June 23, 2021

18 Interesting Facts about Edward VI

In this latest edition of her “Facts about….” series, I share interesting facts about Edward VI, the boy king, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. How many of these facts about Edward VI do you know? Hopefully at least a few of them surprised you! Find out more about Edward VI in the Edward […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]

60 second history – Edward VI

| March 17, 2017

60 second history – Edward VI

I had fun today trying to record my latest 60-second history video. Who knew that it could take 10 ‘takes’ to film something that lasts 60 seconds? Well, it doesn’t normally, but today I had cats jumping in front of the camera, dogs scratching or barking, doors banging… I thought I’d never get it done! […]