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 […]

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 […]

April 8 – A cat dressed as a priest and the Second Martin

| April 8, 2022

April 8 – A cat dressed as a priest and the Second Martin

On this day in history, 8th April 1554, there was an act of religious defiance in London. Someone who didn’t like Queen Mary I’s religious changes hanged a cat on the gallows at Cheapside. The cat was dressed as a Catholic priest and was holding a piece of paper to represent that communion wafer. It […]

March 30 – Thomas Cranmer and his protestation, and A “pregnant” Mary I makes her will

| March 30, 2022

March 30 – Thomas Cranmer and his protestation, and A “pregnant” Mary I makes her will

On this day in Tudor history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury. His consecration was not like those of others before him, however, because as well as making the usual oath promising to be faithful to the papacy and to denounce heretics, […]

March 15 – Henry VIII uses foul language and The Lady Mary causes a stir in London

| March 15, 2022

March 15 – Henry VIII uses foul language and The Lady Mary causes a stir in London

On this day in Tudor history, 15th March 1532, King Henry VIII used what was described as “foul language” to William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry VIII also threatened the poor man, and it is amazing that Warham kept his head as the king was furious. What happened? Find out what Warham did to upset […]

March 6 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries, and Juan Luis Vives and the young Mary I

| March 6, 2022

March 6 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries, and Juan Luis Vives and the young Mary I

On this day in Tudor history, 6th March 1536, King Henry VIII’s Dissolution of the Monasteries began when the “Act for the Suppression (or Dissolution) of the Lesser Monasteries” was introduced into the Reformation Parliament. The Dissolution of the Monasteries had a major impact on England and her people, but was of great benefit to […]

26 January – Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn’s trial, and Mary I writes to Elizabeth

| January 26, 2022

26 January – Justice Spelman and Anne Boleyn’s trial, and Mary I writes to Elizabeth

On this day in Tudor history, 26th January 1546, judge of assize and law reporter, Sir John Spelman, died. Now, you may never have heard of Justice John Spelman, but his reports on the legal cases of people like Queen Anne Boleyn, Sir Thomas More, Bishop John Fisher and Cardinal Thomas Wolsey have been very […]

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 […]