29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

Posted By on June 29, 2016

29 JuneAs far as “on this day in history” events go, 29th June is a rather busy day in Tudor England. Here are the main events with links to articles you can read to find out more about them…

  • 1509 – Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a woman known as the matriarch of the Tudor dynasty, died at Cheyneygates, the Abbot of Westminter’s house. Click here to read more.
  • 1536 – Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal following the falls of his children, Queen Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn. Click here to read more.
  • 1537 – Henry Algernon Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland and one-time sweetheart of Anne Boleyn, died at around the age of thirty-five. He was buried at Hackney Parish Church, and his will appointed the King as Supervisor and Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford, and Thomas Cromwell as executors. Click here to read more.
  • 1540 – A Bill of attainder was passed against Thomas Cromwell for the crimes of corruption, heresy and treason, stripping him of his honours and condemning him to death. Cromwell was executed on 28th July 1540, the same day that Henry VIII married Catherine Howard.

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28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

Posted By on June 28, 2016

henry_viiiOn this day in history, 28th June 1491, King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace. To celebrate his 525th birthday, I’m sharing an extract from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England on Henry VIII…

Henry VIII (1491-1547)
Rule: 1509-1547
Marriages: Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed for alleged treason), Jane Seymour (died after childbirth), Anne of Cleves (annulled), Catherine Howard (executed for alleged treason) and Catherine Parr (outlived him).
Issue: By Catherine of Aragon: Henry, Duke of Cornwall (died in infancy), and Mary I; by Anne Boleyn: Elizabeth I; by Jane Seymour: Edward VI; by his mistress Elizabeth Blount: illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, who died at the age of 17.

Henry VIII was born on 28 June 1491 at Greenwich Palace. He was the second son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, but became heir to the throne when his brother Arthur died in 1502. He inherited the throne on the death of his father in April 1509, when he was just 17 years old, and he was crowned on 24 June 1509 in a joint coronation with his new bride Catherine of Aragon, the widow of his brother.

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