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8 June 1536 – Mary reaches out to her father

| June 8, 2017

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter Mary, the future Mary I, wrote to her father, the father she had been estranged from since the breakdown of her parents’ marriage. We have a record of her letter to him, although it is damaged: “Begs his daily blessing. Though she understands, […]

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Threaten Mary

| June 15, 2013

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Threaten Mary

On 15 June 1536 Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, received a visit at her home of Hunsdon from members of her father’s council. This visit followed Parliament’s passing of the Second Act of Succession, which made both Mary and her half-sister Elizabeth illegitimate and removed them from the succession, and Mary’s efforts to reconcile with her […]

26 May 1536 – The Lady Mary’s Letter to Cromwell

| May 26, 2013

26 May 1536 – The Lady Mary’s Letter to Cromwell

On 26th May 1536, a week after Anne Boleyn had been executed, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary, wrote to Thomas Cromwell from her household at Hunsdon. The purpose of her letter was to ask for Cromwell to intercede with her father on her behalf now that “that woman” was gone. The letter is damaged but […]

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

| June 15, 2012

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter, the Lady Mary, and bully her into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England and acknowledging that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne. Eustace Chapuys, […]

15 June 1536 – Mary Bullied by Henry VIII’s Council

| June 15, 2011

15 June 1536 – Mary Bullied by Henry VIII’s Council

Thanks so much to Nasim, littlemisssunnydale on YouTube, for reminding me of this! On this day in history, 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent some of his council to see his daughter, the Lady Mary, to bully her into submitting to him and accepting that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne. Linda […]

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