John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

| March 18, 2016

John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

Thank you so much to Christine Hartweg, author of the new book John Dudley: The Life of Lady Jane Grey’s Father-in-Law for sharing a guest post on John Dudley with us today. Christine’s book is an excellent read, and, as I state in my endorsement on its cover, it is “A meticulously researched, highly readable […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

| October 12, 2015

Did Jane Seymour have a C-section?

Today is the anniversary of the birth of King Edward VI and every year, without fail, I see comments on social media about how he was born by a caesarean section and that Queen Jane Seymour’s death was caused by the surgery. This is a myth which has been debunked by many historians, but where […]

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2015

6 July – The Deaths of a King and a former Lord Chancellor

6th July is the anniversary of the deaths of two famous Tudor personalities. Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was executed on Tower Hill on this day in 1535 and King Edward VI died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, on this day […]

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

| May 27, 2015

27 May 1537 – The quickening of Jane Seymour’s baby

On 27th May 1537, Trinity Sunday, just under a year since her marriage to Henry VIII, Queen Jane Seymour felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The ‘quickening’ of Henry and Jane’s baby was a joyous occasion and it sparked off celebrations across the country. In London, a Te Deum was sung in […]

20 February 1547 – Edward VI is crowned

| February 20, 2015

20 February 1547 – Edward VI is crowned

On this day in history, 20th February 1547, King Edward VI was crowned King at Westminster Abbey, following the death of his father Henry VIII on 28th January 1547. You can read all about the coronation procession and the coronation itself in my article The Coronation of Edward VI, but here is a contempoary account […]

28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

The King is dead! Long live the King! On this day in history, in the early hours of 28 January 1547, fifty-five year-old Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was at the King’s side when he died, although Henry had lost the power of speech by the time her arrived. Cranmer asked […]

15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

| October 15, 2014

15 October 1537 – Edward VI Christened at Hampton Court Palace

Today was the day in 1537 when three day-old Prince Edward, the future Edward VI, was christened in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. Edward’s eldest half-sister Mary stood as his godmother and his godfathers were Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. You can read a […]