The Tudor Society

October 13 – Mary I has secret meetings with men in disguise

On this day in Tudor history, 13th October 1553, Queen Mary I wrote an interesting letter to Simon Renard, imperial ambassador.

In the letter, the queen asked Renard to meet with her secretly. She'd asked him to do this before, and to come in disguise.

But why? Why would Mary I want to meet with an imperial ambassador in secret? And why would she be putting more trust in the emperor and his ambassadors than her own council?

Let me explain...

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