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]
Lady Jane Grey is best known as the nine-day Queen of England who was eventually executed for treason in the reign of Queen Mary I. Her younger sisters Katherine and Mary survived the upheaval, but they would both suffer the wrath of Queen Mary’s successor, Elizabeth I. Katherine was born on 25 August 1540 while Mary [read more]
Four Queens and a Countess: Elizabeth I, Mary Tudor, Lady Jane Grey, Mary Queen of Scots and Bess of Hardwick: The Struggle for the Crown Hardcover – 1 May 2018 (US) & 15 December 2017 (UK) When Mary Stuart was forced off the Scottish throne she fled to England, a move that made her cousin Queen [read more]
Non-fiction Tudor Monarchs: Lives in Letters Hardcover – 1 August 2017 (US) & 11 May 2017 (UK) The Tudor period (1485-1603) is a story of drama, intrigue and tumultuous change but also of triumphs and progress, and it saw the emergence of an English national identity. Four hundred years after the Tudor era ended with the death of [read more]