August 13 – Mary Tudor’s proxy wedding

| August 13, 2022

August 13 – Mary Tudor’s proxy wedding

On this day in Tudor history, 13th August 1514, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Princess Mary Tudor, the king’s youngest sister, married King Louis XII of France by proxy. Find out all about the ceremony, what everyone wore and what the symbolic consummation involved… Transcript:

March 18 – Elizabeth I is arrested and The birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| March 18, 2022

March 18 – Elizabeth I is arrested and The birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in Tudor history, 18th March 1554, Palm Sunday, the twenty-year-old Lady Elizabeth (the future Queen Elizabeth I) was escorted by barge from her home at Whitehall Palace along the River Thames to the Tower of London, and imprisoned there. Elizabeth had been implicated in Wyatt’s Rebellion, a rebellion that sought to depose […]

3 March – Edward IV’s son dies of a heart attack in the Tower of London and A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

| March 3, 2022

3 March – Edward IV’s son dies of a heart attack in the Tower of London and A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd March 1542, Arthur Plantagenet, Lord Lisle, courtier, soldier, diplomat, administrator and illegitimate son of Edward IV, died of a heart attack after being informed of his release from the Tower of London. How very sad! Find out all about Lord Lisle’s background, his career in Henry VII and […]

5 November – The discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and Mary Tudor was crowned Queen of France

| November 5, 2021

5 November – The discovery of the Gunpowder Plot and Mary Tudor was crowned Queen of France

Today is the anniversary of the discovery of Gunpowder Plot conspirator, Guy Fawkes, and 36 barrels of gunpowder in a cellar beneath the Palace of Westminster on the night of 4th/5th November 1605. The plotters were planning to blow up the Houses of Parliament on the opening of Parliament and assassinate the king, his government […]

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

| March 3, 2018

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

This day in history, 3rd March 1515, is one of the dates given in the contemporary sources for the secret marriage of Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis […]

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

| August 13, 2017

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

On this day in history, 13th August 1514, Henry VIII’s youngest sister, Mary, married King Louis XII of France by proxy at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII wrote to Pope Leo X on 12th August 1514 regarding the peace treaty agreed between France and England, which included the marriage of Mary and Louis, and mentioning her […]

Mary I – An Underappreciated Queen

| February 18, 2017

Mary I – An Underappreciated Queen

Thank you to historian and author Conor Byrne for writing this article to commemorate the anniversary of Mary I’s birth on this day in 1516. Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, was born at Greenwich Palace on 18 February 1516. Last year marked the five hundredth anniversary of her birth, and a […]

5 November 1514 – The coronation of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| November 5, 2016

5 November 1514 – The coronation of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in history, Sunday 5th November 1514, Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, daughter of the late Henry VII, and the new wife of King Louis XII of France, was crowned Queen of France by the Bishop of Bayeux at the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis (Basilique Saint-Denis), just outside of Paris. The eighteen-year-old […]