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Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

| July 31, 2012

On 31st July 1544, the future Elizabeth I wrote her earliest surviving letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. It was written in Italian and in a beautiful italic hand. Elizabeth wrote: “Inimical fortune, envious of all good and ever revolving human affairs, has deprived me for a whole year of your most illustrious presence, and, […]

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 […]

Happy 485th Birthday John Dee!

| July 13, 2012

Today marks the 485th anniversary of the birth of one of my favourite Tudor men, John Dee. Happy 485th birthday, Mr Dee! I will be raising a glass to you today. You can find out all about John Dee in the following articles: John Dee – A Biographical Sketch John Dee and the Telescope Elizabeth […]

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 […]