Mary seizes the throne (Henry Machyn, 1553)

July 19th – On this day in 1553, Henry Machyn wrote in his diary:

“The xix day of July was … Mare proclamyd qwene … , [as the] sister of the late kyng Edward the vi and daughter unto the nobull Henry  the viii … , and … ther was … song, and … belles ryngyng thrugh London, and bone-fyres, and tabuls in evere strett, and wyne and beer and alle, … and ther was money cast a-way”.

Queen Mary - quite scary

Queen Mary – quite scary

Meantime, Lady Jane Grey, who had acceded to the throne nine days previously (see  Lady Jane Grey posting on July 10th) was imprisoned in the Tower.  She was later tried and convicted on a charge of treason in November, 1553, and eventually executed on February 12th, 1554.

A romanticised view of the execution of Lady Jane Grey, by Delaroche

A romanticised view of the execution of Lady Jane Grey, by Delaroche

One thought on “Mary seizes the throne (Henry Machyn, 1553)

  1. rafterd1972

    I never liked Mary, the daughter of Henry VIII. She always seemed like a true bitch, but I’m sure had reasons for what she did. Thanks, Bob for sharing

    Reply

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