Posted By Claire on December 2, 2016
On this day in history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier, soldier and the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was arrested after Richard Southwell, his former friend, gave evidence against him.
François van der Delft, the imperial ambassador, reported to Emperor Charles V on 14th December that Surrey had been “detained” but that “The reason for this is still unknown”…
Posted By Claire on December 1, 2016
Time flies when you’re having fun! It only seems like yesterday that I was organising last year’s calendar, and here I am posting about the 2016 one.
Yes, it’s that time of year again and this year I have help with the Advent Calendar. Some of my author friends are giving me videos, book extracts and other wonderful bits and bobs to share with you – a big thank you to them. I can’t promise you a chocolate each day, but I can promise you a few minutes of interesting history. So, grab your coffee and head on over to the calendar to enjoy today’s offering! Simply click the calendar picture on this post.
Techy Tim, as I call him, has added a link to the calendar on the home page – see top right on the page header – so you can find it easily on a daily basis. I do hope you enjoy it and that each offering brightens your day.
P.S. Do you like our new page header? Thank you to artist Dmitry Yakhovsky for the cover concept (and beautiful Anne Boleyn painting) and to Tim for making it Christmassy.
On this day in history, 1st December 1541, Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, and Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber, were tried for treason at Guildhall in London. Both men were found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley records: “This yeare, the fyrst daye of […]
On this day in history, 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, the two women in King Henry VIII’s life got rather cross with him. Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was still Henry’s wife at this time, confronted the king regarding his treatment of her, which she said was causing her “the pains of Purgatory on […]
On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s former chief adviser, died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester. Wolsey had been on his way to London from Cawood Castle, his residence as Archbishop of York, when he was […]
Yesterday, historian Amy Licence shared the following on her Facebook page: “So, the papers have published their lists of “History Book of the Year” and the Telegraph has 19 out of 21, the Independent has 8 out of 10 and the Times 8 out of 9 written by men.” When I consider the Tudor history […]
A big welcome to historical novelist Wendy J. Dunn who is joining us today on the first stop of her book tour for Falling Pomegranate Seeds: The Duty of Daughters, Book 1 in Katherine of Aragon Story. It’s a wonderful book. MadeGlobal Publishing is offering a paperback copy to one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower. […]
The four weeks of Advent (meaning “coming”), the season of waiting and preparation for the birth of the Messiah, began on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before the Nativity. It was a time of fasting, i.e. abstaining from meat. Today, 27th November is Advent Sunday and to commemorate this day I wanted to share with […]