Crisis in the reign of Mary I

In partnership with The National Archives

In partnership with The National Archives

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About this session

Key Stage 5 | Subject: History | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Study day partnership with The National Archives

Mary I has always been one of history’s villains – Bloody Mary. She is also often described as plunging the country into crisis over religion and succession.

At the National Archives students investigate original documents that uncover the real state of the nation during the reign of Queen Mary I and debate whether or not the country was truly in crisis.

At Hampton Court Palace those arguments are put to the ultimate test as students take on the role of Mary's councillors and get to put their questions and concerns to Mary I in person.

Exam board links

This session has been designed to complement the study of the Mid-Tudor period, and particularly the following exam boards:


  • Unit 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 part two.


  • Unit 1B England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion.


  • Unit 1 Y106 England, 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid-Tudor Crises 1547–1558).
  • Unit 1 Y107 England 1547–1603: The Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558).


  • Unit 3 (A2): Poverty, protest and rebellion in Wales and England, c.1485-1603.
  • Unit 2 (AS): The Mid-Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 part 1: problems, threats and challenges c.1529-1553.
  • Unit 4 (A2): The Mid-Tudor crisis in Wales and England c.1529-1570 part 2: Challenges facing Mary and Elizabeth c.1553-1570.


Booking information

All dates are sold out
4.5 hours (10.30-15.00)
Up to 35 students
£12.58 per student
If you plan to bring 11 students or fewer a minimum price of £151 will be charged for your group.

Please contact us on 020 3166 6646 to check availability and arrange a booking.

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