Sir Christopher Hales and the Boleyns by Amanda Harvey Purse

| August 25, 2020

Sir Christopher Hales and the Boleyns by Amanda Harvey Purse

Thank you to author Amanda Harvey Purse for sharing this article with us here today. Over to Amanda… ‘Sir Christopher Hales’ is perhaps one of those names that may feel as if they briefly pop up as a part of a historical Tudor fact within a Tudor event and then goes away again. However, the […]

The Fogges of Ashford: Supporters with Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty by Amanda Harvey Purse

| October 9, 2019

The Fogges of Ashford: Supporters with Family Connections to the Tudor Dynasty by Amanda Harvey Purse

Thank you to Amanda Harvey Purse, author of the forthcoming The Boleyns: From the Tudors to the Windsors, for sharing this article with us here today. It’s always interesting to find out about these lesser-known Tudor families. You may have heard of Sir John Fogge before, when researching the beginnings of the Tudor period, for […]

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

| June 10, 2019

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

In 1540, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies were able to take advantage of King Henry VIII’s frustration with his right-hand man and fixer, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, to bring him down once and for all. It was on this day in history, 10th June 1540, after Thomas Cromwell had so far failed to get the king […]

14 November 1541 – The goods of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford are inventoried

| November 14, 2018

On this day in history, 14th November 1541, an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands and fees of Thos. Culpeper, the younger”, a member of the king’s privy chamber who had been having secret meetings with the queen and who Francis Dereham claimed had replaced him in the queen’s affections. By 14th […]

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

| October 30, 2018

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

On this day in history, 30th October 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. Henry had come to the throne after his forces defeated those of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485. Raphael Holinshed, the Tudor chronicler, recorded […]

6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

| August 6, 2018

6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, a man who served as chaplain to Queen Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, and as Archbishop of Canterbury to Queen Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia, to a worsted weaver and his wife. His loyalty to his […]

15 June 1519 – The birth of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

| June 15, 2018

This date in history, 15th June 1519, is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry VIII’s recognised illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Fitzroy was born at the Priory of St Lawrence, in Blackmore, Essex. His mother, Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, had been sent away from court to the prior’s house […]

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

| March 21, 2018

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, the third of the Oxford Martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the English Reformation and ‘architect’ of the Book of Common Prayer, was burnt at the stake in Oxford. Cranmer had been found guilty of heresy at a trial in September 1555 and […]