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

“This is the Lord’s doing: it is marvellous in our eyes”. These are the words from Psalm 118 said to…

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

On this day in history, 25th July 1554, Mary I married Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman…

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19 July 1553 – Mary Proclaimed Queen in London

On the 19th July 1553, thirteen days after the death of her half-brother, Edward VI, Mary was proclaimed Queen in…

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

After declaring herself as Queen the day before, in front of her household at Kenninghall, Mary wrote the following letter…

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8 July 1553 – Mary Declares Herself Queen

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor declared herself Queen. She had been informed…

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Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent…

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The Loss of Calais – 7th January 1558

On this day in history, at 6am on the 7th January 1558, Thomas Wentworth, the Lord Deputy of Calais, was…

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30th November 1554 – The Return to Rome

On this day in history, 30th November 1554, both Houses of Parliament presented a petition to Mary I and her…

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17th November 1558 – Elizabeth I Becomes Queen

On this day in history, 17th November 1558, Mary I died after a reign of just five years and Elizabeth…

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25 July 1554 – Mary I Marries Philip of Spain

Yes, it’s Happy Anniversary to Mary and Philip because on this day in history, at Winchester Cathedral, the 38 year…

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19 July 1553 – Mary I Proclaimed Queen

On this day in history, 19th July 1553, Mary I was proclaimed Queen. Her half-brother, King Edward VI, had died…

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Elizabeth Taken to the Tower – 18 March 1554

On this day in history, 18th March 1554, the twenty year old Lady Elizabeth was escorted to the Tower of…

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Mary I versus Elizabeth I

Today is Mary I’s birthday as she was born in the early hours of the 18th February 1516 at the…

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In Praise of Queens – Why Women Should Reign over Britannia

Historian and author, Dominic Sandbrook, has written a very interesting article for the UK’s “Daily Mail” entitled Why we should…

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7th January 1558 – England Loses Calais

On the 7th June 1557 Mary I’s heralds proclaimed that England was at war with France. The catalyst for this…

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The Coronation of Mary I

On this day in history, Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary I was crowned Queen at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner,…

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Elizabeth I, Mary I and Pope Benedict XVI

I found it interesting that Pope Benedict XVI, on his visit to Westminster Abbey in London, spoke of the chapel…

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Mary I Enters London as Queen

On this day in history, 3rd August 1553, Mary, who had just been proclaimed Queen, rode with her half-sister, Elizabeth,…

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Happy Wedding Anniversary Mary I and Philip of Spain!

On this day in history, 25th July 1554, the feast day of St James, Mary I married Philip of Spain…

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The Myth of Bloody Mary

Apologies for the rather inflammatory headline but I do like to be controversial! I’ve purposely used the misleading nickname that…

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Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

On this day in history, the 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England. Her predecessor, Edward…

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Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

“For I assure you neither they nor any other now in yonder hold or durance was privy of my rising…

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Mary I Facts

As it is Mary I’s birthday today – Happy 494th Birthday Mary! – I thought it would be good to…

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Lady Jane Grey Facts

On this day in history, the 12th February 1554, Elizabeth’s cousin (once removed) Lady Jane Grey was executed on Tower…

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Elizabeth and Mary Part 3

This is part three of my series on Elizabeth I and Mary I and the relationship they had as half-sisters….

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Elizabeth and Mary Part 2

If you watched “The Tudors”, you may have been surprised by the scenes of the teenage Mary sharing a bed…

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Elizabeth and Mary Part 1

Today’s post is the first about two sisters (or rather half-sisters): Mary and Elizabeth, their relationship as children and what…

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Mary I’s Legacy

Elizabeth I was the third of Henry VIII’s children to reign over England, following in the footsteps of her step-siblings…