Hurry! Register before the end of 31 December!

| December 30, 2022

Hurry! Register before the end of 31 December!

Just a reminder that you need to register for my online Discovering Mary I event before end of 31st December 2022 to join the live zoom video debate with me and Dr Johanna Strong. Johanna’s PhD thesis is about how Mary I’s legacy and reputation were posthumously created, and she believes that Mary deserves to […]

Mary I – Bloody Mary, a failure queen? – Zoom Debate

| December 15, 2022

Mary I – Bloody Mary, a failure queen? – Zoom Debate

New Bonus zoom debate – Mary I – Bloody Mary, a failure queen? Transcript: Hello! It’s not long now until my Discovering Mary I event starts on 16th January 2023 and I thought it would be fun, in the lead up to the event, to do a zoom video debate with historian Johanna Strong. Johanna’s […]

16 Things you might not know about Mary I

| November 25, 2022

16 Things you might not know about Mary I

Queen Mary I, who ruled from 1553 to 1558, has gone down in history as Bloody Mary due to the heresy burnings of her reign, but there’s far more to her than that, and she really is a fascinating Tudor personality. In the video and transcript below, I share 16 things you might not know […]

Mary I: Bloody Mary or a sad and tragic queen?

| November 18, 2022

Mary I: Bloody Mary or a sad and tragic queen?

Thank you to everyone who left comments on my “What do you think about Queen Mary I?” video. Today, I’m sharing the results, the words you used to describe Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The results were very interesting and I was pleasantly surprised… If you’d like to join […]

October 8 – Henry VIII puts pressure on his daughter Mary

| October 8, 2022

October 8 – Henry VIII puts pressure on his daughter Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 8th October 1536, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king put pressure on his daughter Mary to write some letters. At this time in 1536, the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion was getting underway in Lincolnshire and spreading to Yorkshire, and Henry VIII was busy issuing orders regarding […]

October 5 – The future Mary I gets betrothed as part of a treaty between Henry VIII and Francis I

| October 5, 2022

October 5 – The future Mary I gets betrothed as part of a treaty between Henry VIII and Francis I

On this day in Tudor history, 5th October 1518, at Greenwich Palace, Princess Mary (the future Mary I), daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, became betrothed. The two-year-old princess was betrothed to Francis (François), the Dauphin of France, who was just a few months old. The betrothal between Mary and Francis was part […]

September 30 – Mary I’s coronation procession in London

| September 30, 2022

September 30 – Mary I’s coronation procession in London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 30th September 1553, Queen Mary I’s coronation procession took place in London. Mary, the daughter of Henry VIII by his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, processed through the city streets from the Tower of London to Westminster. The procession was a mile and a half long and must […]

September 28 – Elizabeth accompanies Mary I to the Tower of London

| September 28, 2022

September 28 – Elizabeth accompanies Mary I to the Tower of London

On this day in Tudor history, 28th September 1553, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Elizabeth, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, accompanied her thirty-seven-year-old half-sister, Mary I, to the Tower of London. The sisters travelled in a decorated barge, and they were going to the Tower to prepare for Mary’s […]

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