A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

| February 20, 2014

A Baptism and a Coronation – 1516 and 1547

Following her birth on 18th February 1516, the future Mary I, was baptised on 20th February in the Church of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. The little princess was carried to the font by the Countess of Surrey and her godparents were Catherine Courtenay, Countess of Devon and daughter of Edward IV; Margaret Pole, Countess […]

15 October 1537 – Christening of the future Edward VI

| October 15, 2013

15 October 1537 – Christening of the future Edward VI

On 15th October 1537, three days after his birth, the future Edward VI, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, was christened in the Chapel Royal of Hampton Court Palace. A document in the Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII gives us the details of the christening: By the provision of God, Our […]

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

| October 12, 2013

12 October 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour Gives Birth to a Prince

At 2am on Friday 12th October 1537, Queen Jane Seymour gave birth to a healthy baby boy at Hampton Court Palace. The prince who Henry VIII had been waiting for since 1509 was named Edward, probably because he was born on the eve of the feast day of St Edward the Confessor. Church bells around […]

8th August 1553 – Burial of Edward VI at Westminster Abbey

| August 8, 2013

8th August 1553 – Burial of Edward VI at Westminster Abbey

On this day in 1553, King Edward VI was buried in a white marble vault beneath the altar of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded the funeral procession in his diary: “The viij day of August was bered the nobull kyng Edward the vj, and vij yere of ys rayne; […]

6 July 1553 – The Death of Edward VI

| July 6, 2013

6 July 1553 – The Death of Edward VI

On the evening of 6th July 1553, King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace following a few months of illness. Chronicler Raphael Holinshed recorded his final prayer: “LORD God, deliver me out of this miserable and wretched life, take me among thy chosen: howbeit not my will, but […]

20 March 1549 – The Execution of Thomas Seymour

| March 20, 2013

20 March 1549 – The Execution of Thomas Seymour

On this day in 1549 Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley, Lord High Admiral and the fourth husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr, was executed on Tower Hill. He had been found guilty of thirty-three counts of treason following his arrest at Hampton Court Palace when he had allegedly broken into his nephew […]

Edward VI’s Christening

| October 15, 2012

On this day in 1537, the future Edward VI, son of Jane Seymour and Henry VIII, was christened in Hampton Court Palace’s Chapel Royal. You can read all the detail in my article The Christening of Edward VI

12 October 1537 A King is Born – Birth of Edward VI

| October 12, 2012

12 October 1537 A King is Born – Birth of Edward VI

On this day in 1537, church bells pealed, Te Deumss were sung, bonfires lit, fruit and wine given out, and two thousand rounds were fired into the sky from the Tower of London. A prince had been born and London celebrated. Yes, on 12th October 1537 at two o’clock in the morning, Jane Seymour gave […]