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Mary I (1516-1558). A Conference in her 500th Anniversary Year

30 September 2016–01 October 2016, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

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Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building

An international and interdisciplinary conference hosted by University College London and the National Maritime Museum

Dedicated to the memory of David M. Loades (1934-2016)

30 September – 1 October 2016

Institute of Advanced Studies, Common Ground, South Wing, Wilkins Building, UCL and Queen’s House, Greenwich

Conference organisers: Dr John Edwards (University of Oxford), Dr Alexander Samson (University College London) and Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer (University of Bristol)

England’s first Queen regnant, Mary I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, was born on 18 February 1516, at the former Greenwich Palace.

Thanks to the new research which is still being carried out into her character, life and times, it seems right to hold a conference, on the anniversary of her Coronation, which took place in Westminster Abbey on 1 October 1553. The aim is to bring together as many as possible of the scholars who are doing new work on Queen Mary herself, on her joint reign with her husband, King Philip of Spain (1554-1558), and on England’s place in Europe and the rest of the world. As well as putting the record straight, all this seems extremely topical in 2016, when Britain’s links with the European continent are once again under examination.

To register please visit our Eventbrite page. If you have any questions, please get in touch with Gonzalo Berenguer gonzalo.velascoberenguer@bristol.ac.uk.



Please note that this programme is provisional and subject to change



Day 1 – Friday 30 September 2016

10:00-10:15 Registration at the Institute of Advanced Studies (UCL)


10:15-12:30 Session 1 – Mary’s Education and Humanism

Chair: tbc

Prof. Enrique García Hernán (CSIC) ‘Juan Luis Vives and Princess Mary: the Crisis of 1527’

Dr Lucy Nicholas (KCL)  ‘Roger Ascham as Mary’s Latin Secretary’

María Pascual Ortega (Valencia) ‘Mary Tudor in Gravela's epistolary at BNE and Real Biblioteca.’

12:30-13:30 Lunch


13:30-15:00 Session 2 – Battle for the Succession

Chair: Dr Alexander Samson (UCL)

Dr Jenni Hyde (Lancaster) ‘Liege Lady and Queene’

Prof. Paulina Kewes (Oxford) 'The Marian Exclusion Crisis Reconsidered'

15:00-16:00 Conference moves to

the Lecture Theatre in the main building of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich


16:00-17:30 Session 3 – English and Spanish Musical Tradition in the Reign of Philip and Mary

Chair: John Edwards (Oxford)

Prof. Owen Rees (Oxford) 'England, the Continent, and the motet in the reign of Mary reconsidered'

Dr Magnus Williamson (Newcastle) 'Mary's musical legacy'


18:00-18:30 Tribute to David M. Loades by Prof. Eamon Duffy (Cambridge)


18:30-20:00 Contrapunctus: Music for Mary Tudor



Drinks reception followed by dinner at Davy’s Wine Vaults Greenwich (SE10 8JA)



End of Day 1


Day 2 – Saturday 1 October 2016

10:00-12:15 Session 4 – Mary and Religion

Chair: Alexander Samson (UCL)

Dr John Edwards (Oxford) ‘Philip and Mary's Hidden Councillor:  Friar Bartolomé Carranza’

Steven Foster (Leeds) ‘The “mallitious and cruell assualtes of her enemies”’

Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer (Bristol) ‘The Sword and the Cap: Philip and Mary as the Scourges of Sedition and Heresy’

12:15-13.15 Lunch

13:15-14:45 Session 5 – The Reign of Philip and Mary and England’s Place in Europe

Chair: Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer (Bristol)

Dr Elizabeth Evenden (Brunel) ‘Portuguese Perceptions of Mary as Princess and Queen’

Dr José Luis Gonzalo Sánchez-Molero (UCM) ‘Philippus Rex Angliae: los testimonios librarios y monetarios para la construcción propagandísica de un reinado efímero’


14:45-16:15 Session 6 – Shifting Perspectives on the Reign of Philip and Mary

Chair: TBC

Dr Linda Porter ‘Rival Queens: Mary Tudor and Mary of Guise.’ 

Dr Alexander Samson (UCL) ‘Newly Discovered Manuscript Sources for Philip and Mary’s Reign’

16:15-16:45 Coffee


16:45-18:15 Session 7 – Mary and Elizabeth: Legacy and Legend (provisional title)

Chair: TBC

Dr Alberto Viso Outeiriño ‘The Count of Feria: Witnessing the End of the Marian Regime through Spanish Eyes’

Dr Anna Whitelock (Royal Holloway, University of London)

‘“A queen, and by the same title, a king also”: Mary I, Queen in Parliament’

18:15-19:15 Round Table Discussion

Chair: John Edwards


Prof. Enrique García Hernán, Dr José Luis Gonzalo Sánchez-Molero, Prof. Paulina Kewes, Dr Linda Porter, Dr Alexander Samson, Gonzalo Velasco Berenguer, Dr Anna Whitelock


Drinks reception and conference close


We will then proceed to have dinner (venue tbc). All attendees are welcome to join us.