Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2015

Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury to Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. I have a real soft spot for Parker. […]

22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

| July 22, 2015

22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

Today marks the aniversary of the death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace, London. The seventeen year-old duke was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie Blount), and the husband of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. It is thought that […]

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

| June 15, 2015

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter Mary at her home at Hunsdon. Their mission was to persuade her, or rather bully her, into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

| June 7, 2015

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for Queen Jane Seymour

On 7th June 1536, three days after she had been proclaimed queen at Greenwich, there was a water pageant, or procession, on the Thames in honour of the new Queen, Henry VIII’s third wife Jane Seymour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley records the event as follows: “Also, the 7th daie of June, being Wednesdaie in Whitson weeke, […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

| June 4, 2015

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour proclaimed Queen at Greenwich

According to Charles Wriothesley, chronicler and Windsor Herald, it was on 4th June 1536, Whitsunday, that Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, was proclaimed queen: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed Queene at Greenewych, and went in procession, after the King, with a great traine of ladies […]

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

| June 2, 2015

2 June 1536 – Jane Seymour appears in public as queen

On this day in history, Friday 2nd June 1536, Jane Seymour, Henry VIII’s third wife, made her first public appearance at Greenwich. Sir John Russell recorded this in a letter to Lord Lisle: “On Friday last [2nd June] the Queen sat abroad as Queen, and was served by her own servants, who were sworn that […]

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

| May 30, 2015

30 May 1536 – A Royal Wedding

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, King Henry VIII married Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John Seymour, soldier and courtier, and of Margery Wentworth, in the Queen’s Closet at York Place (Whitehall). Henry and Jane had become betrothed on 20th May, the day after the execution of Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, and chronicler Charles Wriothesley […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]