Queen Mary I
12 of 50 portraits of Queen Mary I
Queen Mary I
after Unknown artist
woodcut, after 1558
4 7/8 in. x 3 3/4 in. (124 mm x 94 mm) paper size
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Sitterback to top
- Queen Mary I (1516-1558), Reigned 1553-58; daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. Sitter associated with 50 portraits.
Events of 1558back to top
Current affairsDeath of Queen Mary I; she is succeeded by her Protestant half-sister Elizabeth.
Sir William Cecil is appointed Secretary of State; he will remain Queen Elizabeth I's chief minister until his death in 1598.
The French capture Calais, England's last holding in continental Europe.
Large-scale famine and an influenza epidemic spreads across England.
Art and scienceThe Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox publishes The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, a controversial attack on female rule with the aim of inciting rebellion against Queen Mary I.
InternationalMary Queen of Scots marries the French Dauphin (later Francis II of France).
Archduke Ferdinand of Austria is formally elected Holy Roman Emperor.
Akbar, Mughal Emperor of India, conquers Gwalior, Ajmer and Jaunpur in north India.
Exhibitions and displays
- Life, Death and Memory
Until 4 February 2018
- Portrait of the Day: Henry VIII & Katherine of Aragon
17 December, 12:30
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