Mary Tudor, later Mary I, daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. Although pampered and well-loved in childhood, she suffered terribly as a result of her parents' divorce, struggling to stay loyal to her mother when disloyalty to the king was an act of treason. And Anne Boleyn was a cruel and unreasonable stepmother. Mary's adult life was loveless and riddled with disappointment, a sad and dour figure in Tudor history.
Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk
Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Duchess of Suffolk, sister to King Henry VIII
Secret portrait of the 'nine-day' Queen found
Lady Jane Grey, the ill-fated Nine Day Queen. On the 10th of July,1553, Lady Jane was proclaimed Queen by Dudley and his supporters. On the same day, Mary Tudor's letter to the privy council with orders to proclaim her Edward's successor arrived in London. By 12th July, Mary had assembled a military force at Framlngham Castle, Suffolk. Dudley's support collapsed and Mary's grew. Jane was deposed on 19th July and imprisoned in the Tower of London.
Mary Tudor By Richard Burchett Oil on panel, 1850’s