20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

Posted By on September 20, 2014

Arthur, Prince of WalesOn 20th September 1486, “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester.

Henry VII had decided that his first child would be born at Winchester, the place believed to have been the capital of the legendary Camelot, and that the child would be called Arthur after Camelot’s heroic king. Henry was convinced that Arthur’s birth would bring about a new golden age, but the boy only lived to the age of fifteen and it was Arthur’s younger brother Henry who succeeded their father and became Henry VIII.

You can read more about Arthur in my article Arthur Prince of Wales.

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Anne Boleyn’s Love Life prior to Henry VIII: Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt

Posted By on September 19, 2014

Before Anne Boleyn became romantically involved with Henry VIII, her name was linked to two courtiers: Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household, and Thomas Wyatt the Elder, the famous Tudor poet.

I want to share with you today two videos I did as sample “Claire Chats” videos for The Tudor Society. In these videos I discuss Anne Boleyn’s links with these two men and what we know about her relationships with them. I do hope you enjoy these videos.

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19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, died at the age of sixty-one after a long illness. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was the wife of Richard Bertie and had previously been married to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, […]

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII – When did they get together?

The Tudors series would have us believe that Henry VIII first noticed Anne Boleyn at the Château Vert Pageant, just after Anne had made her debut at the English court, but the first solid evidence we have of Henry VIII being in love with Anne is Henry’s request to the Pope in August 1527 for […]

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

On 16 September 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his wife, […]

Name the Kittens Competition Results

Name the Kittens Competition Results

Thank you to all those who entered the Name the Kittens competition. Christian, Verity and Joel could not believe how many names you came up with and it made the judging very tricky. After going through the list a few times, the two names they agreed upon were Majesty and Portia, so congratulations to Esther, […]

The Tudor Society Update

The Tudor Society Update

I just wanted to give an update on my new project The Tudor Society for those of you interested in joining. It’s less than two weeks since I set it up, but it already has a couple of hundred members and lots of exciting content for members to enjoy. The first edition of Tudor Life, […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

On 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. You can read all the details of his trial, and the subsequent proceedings, in my article […]