On 25 May 1553, a double royal wedding took place. The young King Edward VI of England was dying, and although he had tried to leave the throne to Lady Jane’s male heirs, Lady Jane simply didn’t have enough time to produce one. Lady Jane and her sisters Mary and Katherine were first cousins once [read more]
Read part one here. Roger Ascham replaced William Grindal as Elizabeth’s tutor when William died in 1548, and he remained as her full-time tutor for about two years. After this period, he continued to teach her, but it was not on a daily basis. After she became Queen, he wrote of her, “From the age [read more]
Read part one here. Frances’s daughter Jane turned 15 years old in 1552 and was fast becoming known as one of the leading evangelical women in England. Her father hoped that she would marry King Edward VI, and he turned 14 later that year. That same year, Frances was seriously ill, and Henry was recalled [read more]
On 16 July 1517, Lady Frances Brandon was born at Hatfield between two and three in the morning as the daughter of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. She was born on the day St. Francis was canonised (in 1228) and her name commemorated the Saint. [read more]
Read more about Lady Jane Grey here.
Read part one here. Lady Mary Grey was just eight years old when her elder sister Jane and her father were executed. With the help of her mother Frances, the two sisters were soon back at court. She was still there when Queen Mary I died and was succeeded by Queen Elizabeth I. Neither of [read more]