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Mary I True or False Quiz

As today is Queen Mary I's birthday, I thought we'd celebrate by testing ourselves on our Mary I knowledge. Grab your favourite beverage and enjoy this fun little quiz!

Mary I - true or false?

Q1) True or false: Mary I was born at Greenwich Palace?

True

False

Q2) True or false: Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, was one of her godmothers.

True

False

Q3) True or false: At the age of two, in 1518, Mary was promised in marriage to her cousin, Charles V.

True

False

Q4) True or false: Catherine of Aragon commissioned the humanist, Erasmus of Rotterdam, to write a treatise on the education of women and a programme of education for Mary.

True

False

Q5) True or false: Mary was sent to the Marches, to Ludlow Castle, to have her own court based there in 1525.

True

False

Q6) True or false: On 15 March 1551, Mary caused a stir by riding through London openly with knights, gentlemen and ladies all openly carrying rosaries.

True

False

Q7) True or false: Mary was officially proclaimed queen in place of Lady Jane Grey on 25th July 1553?

True

False

Q8) True or false: On 25th July 1554, Mary married Philip of Spain at Winchester Cathedral.

True

False

Q9) True or false: Mary I's first Parliament in October 1553 repealed the religious legislation of Edward VI's reign and reinstated the Mass.

True

False

Q10) True or false: Calais, England's only remaining possession on the European mainland, fell to the French in January 1557?

True

False

There are 4 comments Go To Comment

  1. R /

    Riding through London with all her knights, ladies, priest, court as heir presumptive during Edward’s reign to Mass when it was forbidden must have caused a stir. The half siblings had one mighty row, that Christmas at court.

    Edward told Mary he was King and Mary would obey and Mary more or less looking at him as her little brother told him the Tudor equivalent of get lost and refused.

    Family Christmas was very interesting in the dysfunctional Royalty of the Tudors or Plantagenets. I would just love to become a tiny person, hide somewhere and travel back in time to see these events. A report would make a good book.

    1. < / Post Author

      Yes, to have been a fly on the wall would have been wonderful.

  2. T /

    Hello to all,
    I was wondering why was the loss of Calais so important to Queen Mary I? I have read it in many articles but I guess I miss the reason why its still talked about even in Queen Elizabeth I reign, that she wasn’t able to get it back or something, please clear this up for me, Im confused ;(
    Tisha

    1. < / Post Author

      Calais was the last remaining English possession on the European mainland. The Pale of Calais had been controlled by England since 1346 and had been very important for trade, particularly for exporting English wool to the Continent. Losing it didn’t have too much of an impact on England, as other trading had been established, but its loss was humiliating for Mary. To be the one to lose the last remaining Continental English territory!

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Mary I True or False Quiz