Books 2018 – on sale now – Bloody Mary: Tudor Terror, 1553-1558 (A History of Terror) by Phil Carradice (paper back)


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‘When Mary Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, succeeded to the throne of England in 1553 it was with wild rejoicing and a degree of popularity rarely seen on the accession of a British monarch. Yet at her death five years later she was almost universally reviled and hated by her people so much so that she was posthumously awarded the sobriquet Bloody Mary. Mary’s revenge on the church and on a religion she hated was swift and total. Noblemen like the Duke of Northumberland, would-be queens like Lady Jane Grey, churchmen like Thomas Cranmer and bishops Latimer and Ridley, Mary’s fires or the executioner’s axe ended the lives of all of them. During her brief reign she restored the Catholic faith to England and had over 280 Protestant martyrs burned at the stake. For a reign that looked so promising Mary’s brief period in power brought the greatest officially sanctioned religious bloodletting the country had ever seen. And at the end, the stench of the execution fires and the grey smoke that settled like a pall across the country seemed to epitomize the reactionary forces that had assumed control.’

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Queen of Bradgate Events at Bradgate Park


Bradgate Park will be holding events this month to celebrate the reign of Queen Jane.

Details of ‘Queen of Bradgate Park’ events can be found here:

Bradgate Park – Queen of Bradgate




Further details can be found in the Leicester Mercury 8 events taking place at Bradgate Park to commemorate Lady Jane Grey



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Books 2018 – on sale today – Mary I (Penguin Monarchs): The Daughter of Time (Paperback) by John Edwards




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‘The elder daughter of Henry VIII, Mary I (1553-58) became England’s ruler on the unexpected death of her brother Edward VI. Her short reign is one of the great potential turning points in the country’s history. As a convinced Catholic and the wife of Philip II, king of Spain and the most powerful of all European monarchs, Mary could have completely changed her country’s orbit, making it a province of the Habsburg Empire and obedient again to Rome.

These extraordinary possibilities are fully dramatized in John Edward’s superb short biography. The real Mary I has almost disappeared under the great mass of Protestant propaganda that buried her reputation during her younger sister, Elizabeth I’s reign. But what if she had succeeded?’

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Anniversary of the death of Lady Jane’s grandmother


25th June marks the 485th anniversary of the death of Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk.


Mary’s tomb


St Mary’s Church – Bury St Edmunds



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Lady Jane Grey Rose


My Lady Jane Grey rose has bloomed again.





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