Crisis in the reign of Mary I

Portrait of Queen Mary from the Coram Rege Rolls 1553 (KB 27/1168/2)
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How far was the Queen responsible?

Using original Tudor documents held at The National Archives, students will carry out research into the reign of Mary I and consider whether her reign signified a ‘crisis in monarchy’.

Once students have presented their findings in a debate, they will travel over to Hampton Court Palace for the afternoon’s session.

Here they will have the opportunity to explore the Palace and have their arguments put to the ultimate test as they take on the role of Mary’s councillors and get to put their questions and concerns to Queen Mary in person.

This session is delivered as a workshop. Find out more about the types of session we offer.

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives and Hampton Court Palace

All day event

Available: 4 March 2016, 10 June 2016 and 17 June 2016

Cost: £11 per student (minimum £187) for the afternoon session at Hampton Court Palace

Duration: 2 hour workshop + 45 minute tour and 45 minute actor-led session at the Palace

Suitability: Key stage 5

Book this session through the Hampton Court website

Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8392 5365

Fax: +44 (0)20 8487 9202

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