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The Excommunication of Henry VIII

| December 17, 2014

The Excommunication of Henry VIII

On this day in history, 17th December 1538, Pope Paul III announced that Henry VIII had been excommunicated from the Catholic Church. The original bull of excommunication had been issued on 30th August 1535, but the excommunication had been suspended in the hope that Henry would mend his ways. The final straw for the Pope, […]

26 November 1533 – Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Son Gets Married

| November 26, 2014

26 November 1533 – Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Son Gets Married

On 26th November 1533 at Hampton Court Palace, fourteen year-old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and the acknowedged illegitimate son of Henry VIII by his mistress Elizabeth Blount, married Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford. Mary was also fourteen years of age. […]

Sir William Butts

| November 22, 2014

Sir William Butts

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Sir William Butts, Henry VIII’s trusted physician, on 22nd November 1545. He died at Fulham Manor, Middlesex, after suffering from a “dooble febre quartanz”, a form of malaria. Butts was buried in a tomb against the south wall of All Saints Church, Fulham, but his tomb and […]

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

Although we know that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had a private, and rather secret, marriage ceremony on 25th January 1533, chronicler Edward Hall also records a marriage ceremony on 14th November 1532, St Erkenwald’s Day: “The kyng after his returne, maried priuily the lady Anne Bulleyn, on sainct Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept […]

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

| November 12, 2014

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

At midnight on Tuesday 12th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais bound for the Kent port of Dover. The couple had been in Calais since 11th October, with Anne acting as Henry’s consort while the King met with Francis I, King of France, to gain his […]

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

| November 11, 2014

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

On this day in history, 11th November 1541, Henry VIII’s council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter containing instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey. You can read more in my article Queen Catherine’s Move to Syon House. Also on this day in history… 1534 – […]

8 November 1528 – Henry VIII’s troubled conscience

| November 8, 2014

8 November 1528 – Henry VIII’s troubled conscience

On 8th November 1528, at Bridewell Palace, King Henry VIII made a public oration to “the nobility, judges and councillors and divers other persons” to explain his troubled conscience regarding the lawfulness of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In this speech, the King explained that due to his worry that Mary was not his […]

6 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is abandoned

| November 6, 2014

6 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is abandoned

On Sunday 6th November 1541, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was abandoned by her husband at Hampton Court Palace, never to see him again. During the day, the King had “dined at a little place in the fields” near the palace “on pretext of hunting”, and then that night returned to London and met […]