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July 12 – Mary rallies support while Queen Jane makes a mistake that will cost her dearly

On this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1553, Mary (future Mary I), the half-sister of the late King Edward VI, moved from Kenninghall to Framlingham Castle. There, she set about rallying support for her claim to the throne.

Lady Jane Grey, Mary's cousin's daughter, had been proclaimed queen on 10th July but Mary believed the crown was hers.

Sir Thomas Cornwallis was able to intercept Mary on her journey to Framlingham and pledge his loyalty to her. He wasn't the only one flocking to her cause.

Meanwhile, back in London, the new queen, Queen Jane, made a serious mistake by refusing to send her father to go and apprehend Mary.

Why was this a mistake?

Find out what was going on back in 1553 in this video...

You can find out even more about the events of July 1553 in my detailed talk at https://www.tudorsociety.com/july-1553-the-month-of-three-monarchs/

Also on this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII got married for the sixth and final time. The fifty-two-year-old king married thirty-one-year-old Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace.

Hear a contemporary account of the wedding service and find out who attended it at https://youtu.be/3ZX9HMVMzcg

And on this day in 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, men who were described as "true soldiers of Jesus Christ", were burnt at the stake at Canterbury.

Find out about John Bland, John Frankesh, Nicholas Sheterden and Humphrey Middleton, and their fates...

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July 12 – Mary rallies support while Queen Jane makes a mistake that will cost her dearly