14 December – Mary became Queen of Scotland – Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Mary I was buried

| December 14, 2021

14 December – Mary became Queen of Scotland – Mary, Queen of Scots, and Queen Mary I was buried

On this day in Tudor history, 14th December 1542, six-day-old Mary, daughter of King James V and his second wife, Marie de Guise, became Queen of Scotland – Mary, Queen of Scots. King James V, who had ruled since 1513, was just 30 at his death. Find out what happened to James V, and how […]

8 December – The death of Sir William Coffin, master of the horses, and the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots

| December 8, 2021

8 December – The death of Sir William Coffin, master of the horses, and the birth of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 8th December 1538, courtier and Master of the Horse to Queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, Sir William Coffin, died at Standon in Hertfordshire. It is thought that he died of the plague because his wife Margaret wrote to Thomas Cromwell saying that Coffin had “died of the great […]

5 December – Mary Queen of Scots’ husband dies of an ear infection and Anne Cecil’s unhappy marriage

| December 5, 2021

5 December – Mary Queen of Scots’ husband dies of an ear infection and Anne Cecil’s unhappy marriage

On this day in Tudor history, 5th December 1560, King Francis II of France, died at the age of just 15. Francis was King Consort of Scotland, as the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, and his father had also proclaimed him and Mary as King and Queen of England back in 1558! He was […]

2 December – Elizabeth I finally agreed to sentence Mary, Queen of Scots; to death and Henry Howard was arrested

| December 2, 2021

2 December – Elizabeth I finally agreed to sentence Mary, Queen of Scots; to death and Henry Howard was arrested

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd December 1586, following a joint petition from the Houses of Lords and Commons, Elizabeth I finally agreed to a public proclamation of sentence against Mary, Queen of Scots: death. Mary had been found guilty of high treason back in October 1586, but Elizabeth had not wanted to contemplate […]

Last day to save on Mary, Queen of Scots Course

| August 31, 2021

Last day to save on Mary, Queen of Scots Course

My latest online course, The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots, goes live tomorrow, 1st September 2021, so you only have today to pre-order it and save $25! Simply use coupon code MQS2021 here The course comprises streaming video lessons, which are also available as audio lessons and PDF transcripts. Although the course will be […]

My new course on Mary, Queen of Scots

| July 7, 2021

My new course on Mary, Queen of Scots

Back in 2016 I produced my first course for MedievalCourses.com, The Life of Anne Boleyn, and now I’m just finishing another and this time it’s on another queen whose life ended on the scaffold – Mary, Queen of Scots. The course goes live on 1st September 2021, but you can pre-order it right now and […]

A Doomed, Romantic Queen? – Guest Post by historian Linda Porter

| September 19, 2013

A Doomed, Romantic Queen? – Guest Post by historian Linda Porter

Linda Porter on how she came to write her latest book, Crown of Thistles: the fatal inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots. The rivalry between the Tudors and the Stewarts lasted for over 100 years and was crucial in shaping sixteenth century Britain, but this dramatic tale of flamboyant monarchs, cultured courts, sibling rivalry, bloody […]

Executed Queens Tour Day 3 – Sheffield Manor Lodge

| June 12, 2012

Executed Queens Tour Day 3 – Sheffield Manor Lodge

Here’s Tim’s diary entry for day three of the Executed Queens Tour… What a moving day we’ve had on the Executed Queens Tour today. Our day visit was to Sheffield Manor Lodge on the site of a once huge deer park around Sheffield. Although the large part of the Manor Lodge is actually in ruins, […]