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Bloody Mary Returns Framingham Castle, Suffolk. Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May 2016

Author: Framlingham Castle Published: 30th May 2016 08:17

Queen MaryBloody Mary Returns, Framingham Castle

Bloody Mary Returns

Framingham Castle, Suffolk.

Saturday 28 - Monday 30 May 2016, 11am to 5pm.


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Travel back to Tudor England and meet one of the most gruesome monarchs of all.  

2016 is the 500th anniversary of Mary’s birth!

Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1500s in our Tudor encampments and hear tales of Queen Mary and how she got her treacherous nickname.

Watch out for your head as you meet our terrifying executioner!

Tudor Framlingham

Framlingham was then handed to Henry Tudor’s greatest ally, John de Vere, Earl of Oxford. Eventually, however, the Howard estates including Framlingham were restored to John Howard’s eldest son, Thomas. He also regained the title of Duke of Norfolk after leading the English to victory against the Scots at Flodden Field in 1513.

The castle was the scene of the succession crisis that followed Edward VI’s death in 1553. Through the disgrace of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, it had come into the hands of Mary Tudor, elder daughter of Henry VIII, the previous year.

After the death of her brother, Edward, Mary – who had been named as Edward’s heir in Henry VIII’s will – fled to Framlingham, pursued by the supporters of Lady Jane Grey, who wanted a Protestant on the throne. Mary gathered her troops at Framlingham, and was there when she received news that she had been proclaimed England’s first ruling queen. One of her first acts as queen was to restore the estates and dukedom to the Howards.

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