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 […]

September 19 – Two of the Coventry Martyrs are burnt

| September 19, 2022

September 19 – Two of the Coventry Martyrs are burnt

On this day in Tudor history, 19th September 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Robert Glover and Cornelius Bungey were burnt at the stake in Little Park Street, Coventry. They were Protestants burnt for heresy and were two of twelve martyrs burnt in the city between 1511 and 1555. Find out more about […]

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 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

| August 3, 2022

August 3 – The new queen and her half-sister process through London

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd August 1553, the newly proclaimed queen, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, processed through the streets of London. She was accompanied by her half-sister, Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Mary had claimed the throne from Queen Jane, Lady Jane Grey, her […]

July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

| July 15, 2022

July 15 – Men swap sides from Queen Jane to Mary

This day in Tudor history, 15th July 1553, was a key point in the events of summer 1553. Royal ships that were supposed to be guarding the coast off East Anglia to stop Mary, half-sister of the late King Edward VI, fleeing England, or any of her supporters invading England, swapped sides. Instead of acting […]

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 […]

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 […]