York – Margaret Tudor arrives at York on her journey to marry the King of Scots


On 16th July 1503, Princess Margaret Tudor attended Mass at York Minster.

She had entered the city the previous day through the Mickelgate Bar. York was one of her many stops on the way to Scotland to marry King James IV. Later in her journey Margaret stayed at Alnwick Castle.


York Minster



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Mary I arrives at Framlingham Castle


On the evening of July 12th 1553, Mary I arrived at her castle at Framlingham.




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Sir Henry Bedingfeld from Oxburgh Hall provides armed escort for Mary I


Sir Henry Bedingfeld provided an armed escort for Mary I as she made her way to Framlingham Castle during her fight for the throne in July 1553.

The Bedingfeld family had other connections to the Tudors and you can read about these and their home at Oxburgh Hall.


Oxburgh Hall




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Arrival at the Tower as Queen in Fiction


On 10th July 1553, Queen Jane arrived at the Tower of London.

Her arrival as Queen has featured in several historical novels.


In Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir, the journey to the Tower is seen from Jane’s point of view.



‘Soon after midday the flotilla of barges draws away from the Syon steps. Ahead go those bearing the privy councillors and the chief officers of the royal household, whilst the state barge emblazoned with the royal arms of England brings up the rear. I am seated in its cushioned and canopied cabin, the curtains tied back so that my subjects can get a good view of their new Queen. My gown and headdress are in the Tudor colours of green and white, embroidered with gold thread and encrusted with jewels that glitter in the blazing afternoon sun…The journey seems endless, and it is with relief that I see the great white bulk of the Tower looming in the distance.’

(c) Arrow, p.316-317




In The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory, her arrival at the Tower is seen through Jane’s eyes.



‘When we come alongside the quay there are hundreds of people, , all along the riverbank and inside the Tower, staring at me, and I feel ashamed to be stepping from the barge and going to the Lions’ Gate under borrowed colours. I am surprised how glad I am to have Guildford at my side to accompany me in my lonely terror. He takes my hand to walk with me, and then steps back to let me go before him, as prettily as if we were dancing at our wedding. I am glad of the canopy over my head, as if it will shield me from the site of God as I walk towards treason. My mother, walking behind me, holds my train, pulling at it left and right, like a ploughman steering a reluctant horse, slapping the reins to force it to harrow the heavy earth.’

(c) Simon & Schuster UK, p.52-3.




In A Dangerous Inheritance also by Alison Weir, Jane’s arrival is witnessed by her sister, Katherine.



‘Jane enters, preceded by the Marquis of Winchester and escorted by Guildford, her hand resting lightly on his. She is followed by our mother; who is acting as her trainbearer – our proud mother; attendant on her own daughter; if you please, and looking very much like a queen herself in her rich cloth of gold.

At Jane’s entrance, we all sink in deep obeisances, and Guildford bows very low to her as she seats herself in the chair of estate beneath the richly embroidered canopy blazoned with the arms of England.’

(c) Arrow, p.107



Find out more about the authors and buy their books from Amazon.co.uk:

Philippa Gregory
The Last Tudor

Alison Weir
A Dangerous Inheritance
Innocent Traitor




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Lady Jane Rose


My Lady Jane rose has bloomed just in time for the anniversary of the ‘unofficial’ start to Jane’s reign.




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