Mary was a Queen from the Tudor dynasty between 1553 and 1558.
Below you'll find all the vital dates from her life and reign as Queen of England.
|1516||Mary is born, 18 February at Greenwich Palace. Her mother is Catherine of Aragon, her father Henry VIII|
|1525||Princess Mary is sent to live at Ludlow Castle with her own court|
|1533||Henry VIII creates the Church of England so he can divorce Catherine and marry Anne Boleyn. Mary is now declared illegitimate and removed from the line of succession so she will not become Queen. Her title becomes Lady Mary|
|1536||Mary's mother Catherine dies and Mary is forced to sign the Articles of Submission to say her parents were never legally married|
|1547||Her father, Henry VIII dies|
|1553||On 6th July, Mary's brother Edward VI dies. He names Lady Jane Grey, a fellow protestant to take over who becomes Queen of England for nine days. Mary takes London with an army from Framlingham Suffolk and is crowned Queen on 1st October. The first Statute of Repeal starts to reverse the spread of the Protestant religion to return England to a Catholic country|
|1554||In January/February Queen Mary stops the Wyatt's Rebellion and executes Lady Jane Grey. Mary marries Philip of Spain on 25th July and continues her work with the Second Statute of Repeal|
|1555||The first executions for heresy begin and the Queen begins to get her nickname of "Bloody Mary"|
|1557||England goes to war with France|
|1558||Queen Mary loses Calais and dies on 17 November without a child to take the throne. Her half-sister Elizabeth becomes Queen.|
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Our Queen Mary I pages...
- Timeline. All the key dates from Mary's life and reign
- Early Life. Learn about the life of Princess Mary
- Becoming Queen. Read how Mary fought to take the crown and make England a catholic country once again
- Early Rule as Queen. Find out about the Coronation and first actions Mary took
- A Royal Marriage. Learn about Queen Mary's quest to find a husband
- Religion & Rebellion. Read how Mary reinstated the Catholic religion and put down challenges to her throne
- Later Years. Learn about the end of Queen Mary's reign until 1558
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