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Queen Mary I

10 of 49 portraits of Queen Mary I

Queen Mary I, by Franz Huys, after  Unknown artist, circa 1555 - NPG D17822 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Queen Mary I

by Franz Huys, after Unknown artist
line engraving, circa 1555
7 5/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (193 mm x 154 mm) paper size
Purchased with help from the Friends of the National Libraries and the Pilgrim Trust, 1966
Reference Collection
NPG D17822


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  • Queen Mary I (1516-1558), Reigned 1553-58; daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Sitter associated with 49 portraits.

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Beginning of Queen Mary I's persecution of Protestants. Bishops Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer are denounced as heretics and burned at the stake in Oxford. Queen Mary suffers a false pregnancy, her husband Philip of Spain leaves England.

Art and science

Richard Eden publishes The Decades of the Newe Worlde or West India, the first account in English of European exploration in the Americas. The book urges England to establish an empire in union with Spain.

International

The Peace of Augsburg between the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the members of the German Protestant Schmalkaldic League. The treaty gives Lutheranism official status within the empire through a policy of cuius regio, eius religio (whose the region, his the religion). The Holy Roman Emperor Charles V resigns the government of the Netherlands, Naples, and Milan to his son Philip of Spain, husband of Queen Mary I.

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