British Monarchy

Scroll down to find information about the principle figures in British monarchial history


British Monarchy – Edward VIII

British Monarchy – Edward VIII

Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David was born on the 23rd June 1894. He was the eldest son of George V and Mary of Teck. His father became King George V on 6th May 1910 and Edward, generally called David by the family, became Duke of Cornwall and Duke...

British Monarchy – The Stuart Monarchs

1603 – 1714 The first Stuart monarch, James I of England and VI of Scotland, succeeded to the throne of England when Elizabeth I died. He was the son of Mary Queen of Scots by her second husband Lord Darnley, and great-great grandson of Henry VIII’s sister...

Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots

Elizabeth I  Elizabeth I (1533-1603) became Queen of England in 1558 after her sister Mary died. She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and had had a troubled childhood. Her mother had been executed when she was three years old and her father had...

Elizabeth – Portrait of a Queen

Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1558 after the death of her sister, Mary. She needed to win the support of her people, both Catholics and Protestants, and those who believed that a woman could not rule a country by herself. One of the best ways for a...

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British Monarchy – Bloody Mary – Counter Reformation

British Monarchy – Bloody Mary – Counter Reformation

Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, has the misfortune of being remembered as ‘Bloody Mary’. The nickname implies that she was hated throughout the land for the burning of Protestants in her bid to...
British Monarchy – Edward VI – Protestantism

British Monarchy – Edward VI – Protestantism

Accession Edward VI was just nine years old when his father died and he became King. His father had made provision for a Regency government comprised of 16 trusted men. However, Edward’s uncle, Edward Seymour, seized the regency for himself and the title...

British Monarchy – Tudor Monarchs

The Tudors reigned from 1485 until 1603. There were 5 crowned monarchs and Lady Jane Grey reigned as Queen for just 9 days. The Tudor kings and queens were very powerful and they are noted for the numbers of people executed during the period. Henry VII came to the...
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