17 November 1558 – This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes

| November 17, 2012

“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to have been uttered by Elizabeth I as she sank to her knees under a great oak tree at Hatfield Palace. She had just received the news that her half-sister, Mary I, was dead and that […]

1 October 1553 – The Coronation of Mary I

| October 1, 2012

On this day in 1553, Mary I, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. Mary was the first crowned queen regnant of England. You can read all the details of her coronation in my post The Coronation of Mary I.

25 July 1554 – The Marriage of Mary I and Philip of Spain

| July 25, 2012

On this day in history, 25th July 1554, Mary I married Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, at Winchester Cathedral. The service was presided over by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and Mary’s chancellor. You can read all the details in my article Happy Wedding Anniversary Mary I and Philip of […]

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 […]

The Loss of Calais – 7th January 1558

| January 7, 2012

On this day in history, at 6am on the 7th January 1558, Thomas Wentworth, the Lord Deputy of Calais, was forced to surrender Calais to François de Lorraine-Guise, 2nd Duke of Guise, after a siege of seven days. Barry Denton, in his article on Thomas Wentworth, writes of how “The causes of the fall of […]

30th November 1554 – The Return to Rome

| November 30, 2011

On this day in history, 30th November 1554, both Houses of Parliament presented a petition to Mary I and her husband Philip to intercede with Cardinal Reginald Pole, the papal legate, for absolution for the years of separation from Rome and for reconciliation with Rome. Pole then absolved England and restored it to the Catholic […]