28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

Posted By on July 28, 2015

Portrait of an unknown woman, possibly Catherine Howard

Portrait of an unknown woman, possibly Catherine Howard

On 28th July 1540, Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. His marriage to Anne of Cleves had only been annulled on 9th July, so this wedding was a low key affair.

The first mention chronicler Edward Hall makes of the new queen is an entry for 8th August:

“The eight day of August was the Lady Katheryn Howard, nece to the duke of Norfolk, and daughter to the lord Edmond Howard, shewed openly as Quene at Hampton Court, whiche dignitie she enjoyed not long as after ye shall here.”

Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley actually dates the marriage to 8th August and at Hampton Court:

“This yeare, the eight daie of Awgust, being Sondaie, the King was maried to Katherin Hawarde, daughter of the late Edmond Haward deceased, and brother to the Duke of Norfolke, at his mannor of Hampton Court, and that daie she dined in her great chamber under the cloath of estate, and was there proclaymed Queene of Englande.”

So, the marriage was obviously kept quiet for a few days, until the open celebrations at Hampton Court Palace.

While Henry VIII and Catherine Howard were getting married at Oatlands, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and Henry VIII’s former right-hand man, was being beheaded on Tower Hill. You can read more about Cromwell’s execution in the following articles:

Notes and Sources

  • Hall, Edward. Hall’s Chronicle, p. 840.
  • Wriothesley, Charles. A chronicle of England during the reigns of the Tudors, from A.D. 1485 to 1559, p.121-122.

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Tudor Society August Magazine Taster

Posted By on July 23, 2015

august magazineThe August edition of Tudor Life magazine, the monthly magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now and includes a coronation special and guest articles by Derek Wilson, Leanda de Lisle, Dominic Pearce and Toni Mount, as well as all our regular contributors.

You can enjoy a taster of the magazine, which includes Derek Wilson’s wonderful article on “Reformation Women”, on the Tudor Society website right now – click here – and members can, of course, enjoy the whole magazine.

The Tudor Society also has a new-look home page – https://www.tudorsociety.com/ so do check it out and find out about all the benefits of membership. We have two guest speakers lined up for August – authors Livi Michael and Susan Higginbotham – and there are the usual weekly video talks, quizzes and articles to enjoy too. I hope to see you over there!

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