6 July 1553 – The “boy king” Edward VI dies

| July 6, 2016

6 July 1553 – The “boy king” Edward VI dies

On the evening of 6th July 1553, fifteen-year-old King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII and Queen Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, his friend and Chief Gentleman of the King’s Privy Chamber. In his “Devise for the Succession”, Edward had chosen Lady Jane Grey, his cousin […]

Tudor Life Edward VI Special

| June 27, 2016

Tudor Life Edward VI Special

This month’s Tudor Life, the Tudor Society magazine, is commemorating the anniversary of the death of Edward VI on 6th July with an Edward VI special. The “boy king” is often overlooked so I’m really pleased that editor Gareth Russell chose to highlight him and his reign in the magazine. It’s choc-a-block with fascinating insights. […]

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 […]