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 […]

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

| July 1, 2014

1 July 1536 – Henry VIII’s Daughters Declared Illegitimate

On 1st July 1536, Parliament gave the Second Act of Succession its first reading. This superseded the 1534 Act of Succession, which had made Mary illegitimate and had appointed Elizabeth as heir to the throne. The new act declared the illegitimacy of both of Henry’s daughters. Both girls were now barred from the line of […]

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn loses the office of Lord Privy Seal

| June 29, 2014

29 June 1536 – Thomas Boleyn loses the office of Lord Privy Seal

Following the falls and executions of two of his children, Anne and George Boleyn, on 29th June 1536 Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal. He had held the office since January 1530, after the fall of Cardinal Wolsey. On 2nd July 1536, Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s right […]

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour at Whitehall

| May 30, 2014

30 May 1536 – Henry VIII Marries Jane Seymour at Whitehall

On Tuesday 30th May 1536, just eleven days after Anne Boleyn was beheaded, King Henry VIII married Anne’s former lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour, in the Queen’s Closet at Whitehall. The couple had become betrothed on 20th May 1536 and following that Jane had been kept in seclusion at Chelsea, due to the gossip and ill feeling […]