19 July 1553 – Mary Proclaimed Queen in London

| July 19, 2012

On the 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in place of Queen Jane. The Earls of Pembroke and Arundel had called a council meeting the previous day to convince council members that Mary’s claim to the throne was legitimate, but it was on this […]

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2012

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553 a party of people arrived at the Tower of London by barge. The party consisted of Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother, and they had travelled from Syon. At the Tower, they were greeted by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Guildford’s […]

9th July 1553 – Mary Writes to the Privy Council and Lady Jane Grey is Informed that She is Queen

| July 9, 2012

After declaring herself as Queen the day before, in front of her household at Kenninghall, Mary wrote the following letter to the privy council: “My lords, we greet you well and have received sure advertisement that our dearest brother the King and late sovereign lord is departed to God. Marry, which news, how they be […]

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 […]

Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

| January 22, 2012

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent to make final plans for their uprising against Mary I and her decision to marry Philip of Spain. As Ian W Archer explains in his article about Thomas Wyatt, “The anomalous position of a king […]

Lady Jane Grey

| November 13, 2011

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey, Guildford Dudley, Ambrose Dudley, Henry Dudley and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer were found guilty of treason in a public trial at the Guildhall, London. You can read the details in my article at The Anne Boleyn Files – The Trial of Lady Jane Grey – […]

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 […]

19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

| July 19, 2011

On this day in history, 19th July 1553, Mary I was proclaimed Queen. Her half-brother, King Edward VI, had died on the 6th July but it had been Lady Jane Grey who was officially proclaimed Queen on the 10th July, not Mary.   Mary had had to fight for her inheritance and fight she had. […]

25 May 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Marries Guildford Dudley

| May 25, 2011

On this day in history, 25th May 15531, a triple wedding took place at Durham House, the London residence of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Lady Jane Grey married Guildford Dudley, one of the Duke’s sons, her sister Lady Katherine Grey married Lord Henry Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, and Guildford’s sister, 12 […]

The Execution of John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland and Earl of Warwick

| August 22, 2010

On this day in history, the 22nd August 1553, John Dudley, 1st Duke of Northumberland and Earl of Warwick, was executed after being found guilty of treason for his part in the plot which had seen Edward VI appoint Lady Jane Grey as his heir and deny his half sister Mary’s right to the succession. […]