17th - 21st May 2010 - Visit Tudor England

8 July 1553 – Mary Declares Herself Queen

| July 8, 2012

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor declared herself Queen. She had been informed of her half-brother Edward VI’s death by goldsmith Robert Reyns the previous day, when she was staying with Lady Burgh at Euston Hall, near Thetford, and the news had been confirmed by Thomas Hughes, her […]

22 January 1552 – Execution of Edward Seymour

| January 22, 2012

Between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the morning of the 22nd January 1552, former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill in London. The famous Tudor chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded his execution:- “Fryday, the 22 of January 1552, Edward Seimer, Duke of Somersett, was beheaded […]

22 August 1553 – Execution of John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland

| August 22, 2011

On this day in history, 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, Earl of Warwick and Duke of Northumberland, was executed on Tower Hill for his part in putting his daughter-in-law, Lady Jane Grey, on the throne in place of Mary I. In his excellent book on the Dudley family, “The Uncrowned Kings of England: The Black […]

Thomas Seymour’s Execution – 20 March 1549

| March 20, 2011

On this day in history, the 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr and brother of Queen Jane Seymour and Protector Somerset, was executed for treason after being charged with thirty-three counts of treason. He had been causing the King’s Council […]

Elizabeth I’s Early Life – Family Background

| March 4, 2011

Recently, I’ve had a few people asking me about Elizabeth I’s early life, so I decided to do a series on Elizabeth’s life leading up to her accession to the throne on the 17th November 1558. Today, I am going to look at her background. Elizabeth I’s Birth Elizabeth I was born at around 3pm […]

Edward VI is Crowned King – 20 February 1547

| February 20, 2011

On the 20th February 1547, just under a month after the death of his father, Henry VIII, nine year old Edward was crowned King Edward VI. You can read more about the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, and half-brother of Mary I and Elizabeth I, in the following articles:- Edward VI: A Precocious […]

The Execution of Edward Seymour – 22nd January 1552

| January 22, 2011

On this day in history, 22nd January 1552, between 8 and 9am, Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset and former Lord Protector, was executed on Tower Hill. The chronicler Charles Wriothesley writes of his execution:- “Fryday, the 22 of January 1552, Edward Seimer, Duke of Somersett, was beheaded at Tower Hill, afore ix of the […]

Thomas Seymour Breaks into the King’s Residence

| January 16, 2011

On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Thomas Seymour allegedly broke into Edward VI’s residence at Hampton Court Palace. It is said that as he entered the King’s apartments, he disturbed the King’s beloved spaniel who then barked at him. Seymour shot the dog, a noise which alerted a guard who then confronted him […]

Happy Birthday Edward VI – Venus and Saturn in Conjunction

| October 12, 2010

Happy 473rd Birthday, Edward VI! Yes, on this day in 1537 Edward VI was born to Jane Seymour and Henry VIII. You can read more about his life at “Happy Birthday Edward VI, but read on for a special guest post by Robert Parry, author of “Virgin and the Crab”:- Venus and Saturn in Conjunction […]

The Arrest of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector

| October 11, 2010

On this day in history, 11th October 1549, Edward Seymour, the Duke of Somerset, Lord Protector of the Realm and Governor of the King’s Person, was arrested and brought in front of Edward VI who summarised his charges as “ambition, vainglory, entering into rash wars in mine youth, negligent looking on Newhaven, enriching himself of […]