19th July 1553…



Events by Place – Tower of London

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My review of ‘Bloody Mary: Tudor Terror, 1553-1558’ by Phil Carradice



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After a general move away from the ‘Bloody Mary’ stereotype in recent biographies, I must admit that my heart sank when I read the title. However, I was pleased to see that although the book focuses on the Marian persecutions, it also explores the reasons behind the burnings, Mary’s character, the roles played by her advisors and her husband and looks at why the burnings failed to achieve their aim.

While not absolving Mary of the blame, Carradice does not exclude the positive achievements of her short reign. For those wanting an introduction to Queen Mary and to the religious burnings, this is a good place to start.


Thank you to Pen & Sword Books for my review copy.




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Quene of Bradgate Jewellery Collection


Bradgate Park have launched their ‘Quene of Bradgate’ jewellery collection.


(c) Bradgate Park


Inspired by ‘Jane the Quene’ signature this simple jewellery collection is made in Leicester from polymer clay set on stainless steel backs.

The colours are tribute to Jane – grey and gold (grey for her family name and gold for the throne of England). The emblem is inspired by her signature squiggle on the ‘e’.

This limited range is available from the Visitor Centre at Bradgate Park or online at Quene of Bradgate Jewellery.

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10th July 1553…


Tower by boat


Lady Jane in her own words

Events by Place – Tower of London

Another look at…10th July 1553

Jane the Quene – Guest article at The Anne Boleyn Files


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9th July 1553…


Syon Park

Syon Park


Events by Place – Chelsea Manor

Events by Place – Syon

Lady Jane in her own words


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