Book Reviews

Book News December 2017

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]

Catherine of Aragon

The Funeral of Queen Mary I

Mary’s body had lain in state at St. James’s Palace until 13 December 1558. Her successor Elizabeth was determined to give her a funeral worthy of a Queen and the final bill came to a staggering £2 million in today’s currency. Mary’s coffin was draped in cloth of gold to begin its journey to Westminster Abbey. [read more]


The death of Queen Mary I

In January 1558 there were again rumours of a pregnancy for Mary. It had been eight months since Mary had seen her husband Philip, but she held firm that she was pregnant. She wrote a will at the end of March, ‘thinking myself to be with child in lawful marriage between my said dearly beloved [read more]

Anne of Cleves

Queen Mary I’s Coronation

On 30 September 1553 England’s first undisputed Queen regnant left the Tower of London to be crowned. She headed for the Palace of Westminster first in a procession through the city. Mary had given Elizabeth a prominent role in the proceedings. It would be an amazing event, to showcase the monarch’s magnificence and power, even [read more]

Mary I of England

The many faces of Queen Mary I

Mary was first painted circa 1525 when she was engaged to her cousin, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. You can see her wearing a brooch with the inscription “The Empour (the Emperor)”. During the King’s Great Matter no portraits were painted of her, and it wasn’t until 1544 that Mary appears once more. In the [read more]