Mary Tudor: Renaissance Queen offers ten (10) interesting facts about the coronation of Mary Tudor on October 1, 1553.
For instance, no. 9:
The queen’s champion – the man whose task it was to boldly announce he would fight any man who refused to recognise Mary as the sovereign– was Sir Edmund Dymoke. He appeared during the coronation banquet on horseback dressed in full armour and flung down his gauntlet daring anyone to accept the challenge. In gratitude Mary gave him her gold drinking cup filled with wine.