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26 May – Mary seeks Thomas Cromwell’s help

On this day in Tudor history, 26th May 1536, Henry VIII's daughter, Mary, sought the help of Thomas Cromwell, the king's right-hand man. Now that Anne Boleyn was dead and gone, Mary hoped for a reconciliation with her father the king.

What did she want Cromwell to do?

What happened to Mary after Anne Boleyn's death? How was she treated?

In today's video,I consider Mary's situation and what happened between her and her father after this point.

Also on this day in history:

  • 1520 – Meeting of Henry VIII and Charles V at Dover Castle.
  • 1537 – Executions of Adam Sedbergh, Cistercian monk and Abbot of Jervaulx, and William Wood, Prior of Bridlington, at Tyburn. They were condemned for treason following the Pilgrimage of Grace.
  • 1538 – Death of Sir Anthony Fitzherbert, Judge and legal writer. He was buried at Norbury, Derbyshire. He is one of the best-known English legal writers of the sixteenth century.
  • 1583 – Death of Esmé Stuart, 1st Duke of Lennox, only child of John Stuart, fifth Seigneur d'Aubigny, and his wife, Anne de La Queulle.
  • 1596 – Burial of Thomas Bickley, Bishop of Chichester, in Chichester Cathedral.
  • 1604 – Death of Godfrey Goldsborough, Bishop of Gloucester. He was buried in the Cathedral.
  • 1621 – Burial of Barbara Sidney (née Gamage), Countess of Leicester, at Penshurst.
  • 1623 – Death of Francis Anthony, alchemist and physician. He was buried in the church of St Bartholomew-the-Great.

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  1. M

    I have always been interested in this part of the whole history, and this is why I feel a pity for Mary. Even after she became queen, I don’t think she fully recovered from this. I have to re-read parts of the new Cromwell biography, to go back to this and read about any insight into his feelings about this. Thanks. Michelle t

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26 May – Mary seeks Thomas Cromwell’s help