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19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

| July 19, 2019

19 July – Mary Boleyn, a new queen, the Mary Rose and a noble imp

19th July is a very busy day in terms on “on this day in Tudor history” events, so I thought I’d give you brief details on four of the events, along with links for further reading and today’s “on this day” video. On this day in history, 19th July 1543, Mary Stafford (née Boleyn), wife […]

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

| June 29, 2019

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29th June is a busy day for “on this day in Tudor history” events, and I thought I’d share with you some information on a few of them. On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held […]

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

| June 24, 2019

Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries. Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations. In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor […]

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

| June 23, 2019

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 23rd June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his first wife, twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey. The citizens of London must have been excited about seeing the new king and his bride, and […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

| June 11, 2019

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry had come to the throne on 21st April 1509 following the death of his father, King Henry VII, and although he had previously repudiated […]

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 […]

5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

| April 5, 2019

5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

On this day in history, in the reign of Henry VIII, Richard Roose was boiled to death at Smithfield. The former cook of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, had been attainted of high treason by a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”. You can find out more about what brought him to this awful end, […]

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 […]