8 June 1536 – Mary reaches out to her father

| June 8, 2017

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter Mary, the future Mary I, wrote to her father, the father she had been estranged from since the breakdown of her parents’ marriage. We have a record of her letter to him, although it is damaged: “Begs his daily blessing. Though she understands, […]

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

| June 15, 2016

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

Following the execution of her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, in May 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, the Lady Mary, was in hope of a reconciliation with her father. She had been estranged from her father due to her refusal to acknowledge the annulment of her parents’ marriage and to recognise her father’s marriage to Anne, her […]

15 June 1536 – Mary Receives a Threatening Visit

| June 15, 2014

15 June 1536 – Mary Receives a Threatening Visit

On 15 June 1536 Henry VIII’s daughter Mary received a visit at her home of Hunsdon from members of her father’s council. The men, led by the Duke of Norfolk, had been sent to bully Mary into accepting her father as Supreme Head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she was not the […]

Happy St David’s Day!

| March 1, 2013

Happy St David’s Day!

Today is the feast day of St David (Dewi Sant), patron saint of Wales. According to Rhigyfarch’s “Life of Saint David”, David lived in the 6th century and founded religious centres including Glastonbury and Croyland. He then travelled to the Holy Land and was made archbishop at Jerusalem before travelling back to Wales and settling […]

15 June 1536 – Mary Bullied by Henry VIII’s Council

| June 15, 2011

15 June 1536 – Mary Bullied by Henry VIII’s Council

Thanks so much to Nasim, littlemisssunnydale on YouTube, for reminding me of this! On this day in history, 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent some of his council to see his daughter, the Lady Mary, to bully her into submitting to him and accepting that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne. Linda […]