24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

| April 24, 2015

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

On 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a legal commission formed to investigate and prosecute serious criminal offences, such as treason, committed in a particular county. These particular commissions […]

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

| April 23, 2015

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

23rd April is St George’s and is the day for announcing new appointments to the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in England. Back in 1536, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was expected to be appointed to the Order. He had been nominated in 1535 and had […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

| April 18, 2015

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

On 18th April 1536, just a month and a day before Anne Boleyn’s execution, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador was manoeuvred into a position which forced him to encounter Anne Boleyn and bow to her, recognising her as queen. We know from Chapuys’ report to Charles V that he had refused the offer of visiting […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

On 29 January 1536, tragedy struck King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This miscarriage was a huge blow for the couple, who desperately wanted and needed a son, but it also had devastating consequences for Anne because it […]

29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

On this day in history, 29 January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was laid to rest at Peterborough Abbey (now Peterborough Cathedral). She had died on 7 January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had left instructions for her remains to be buried in a Chapel of her beloved order, The Observant Friars, […]

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

| January 26, 2015

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Henry VIII being unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace on 24th January 1536, an accident which one source claimed led to the king being unconscious for over two hours. Whether or not the king was unconcious for that long, it was serious enough […]

24 January 1536 – A Jousting Accident at Greenwich

| January 24, 2015

24 January 1536 – A Jousting Accident at Greenwich

On 24th January 1536, King Henry VIII suffered a serious accident while jousting at Greenwich Palace. Sources differ as to exactly how serious the King’s injuries were, but Henry VIII was forced to give up the sport he loved. You can read all about his accident in my article A Serious Jousting Accident for Henry […]

22 July 1536 – The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace

| July 22, 2014

22 July 1536 – The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace

On this day in 1536 (some sources say 23rd), seventeen year-old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died at St James’s Palace. It is thought that he died of some kind of pulmonary infection, such as tuberculosis (consumption). Fitzroy was the illegitimate son, and only son at this point, of Henry VIII. His mother […]