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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 […]

16 January 1549 – Thomas Seymour, the Young King and the Spaniel

| January 16, 2012

On this day in history, 16th January 1549, Edward VI’s uncle, Thomas Seymour, was alleged to have broken into the King’s apartments at Hampton Court Palace to kidnap the young King. As he entered the royal residence, it is said that he disturbed the King’s beloved spaniel who started barking at him. In panic, Seymour […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2010

On this day in history, the 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England. Her predecessor, Edward VI, had died on the 6th July, naming Jane as his successor in his “Device for the Succession”. Although Edward had removed his half-sisters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the succession, the Privy Council received a […]