30 June 1541 – Henry VIII’s Northern Progress begins

| June 30, 2016

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII’s Northern Progress begins

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off from London on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. It was the norm for Henry VIII to go on royal progress in the summer months. London could be unbearable […]

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

| June 28, 2016

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

On this day in history, 28th June 1491, King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace. To celebrate his 525th birthday, I’m sharing an extract from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England on Henry VIII… Henry VIII (1491-1547) Rule: 1509-1547 Marriages: Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed for alleged treason), Jane Seymour […]

27 June 1505 – Prince Henry renounces his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon

| June 27, 2016

27 June 1505 – Prince Henry renounces his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 27th June 1505, Henry, Prince of Wales, the future Henry VIII, renounced his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon, his brother’s widow, claiming that it had been contracted without his consent. The couple had been betrothed since 25th June 1503 and, according to the terms of the marriage treaty negotiated between […]

25 June 1503 – Young Prince Henry becomes betrothed

| June 25, 2016

25 June 1503 – Young Prince Henry becomes betrothed

On this day in history, 25th June 1503, Henry, Prince of Wales and eldest surviving son of King Henry VII, became betrothed to Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, and the widow of Henry’s elder brother Arthur, at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. […]

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

| June 24, 2016

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

On 24th June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London. An overjoyed Thomas More wrote in his “Coronation Ode of King Henry […]

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2016

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, just over twenty years after their marriage, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, appeared before Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey had been authorised by papal bull in April 1528 “to take cognisance of all matters […]

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

| June 19, 2016

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

On 19 June 1535, three monks, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their executions were witnessed by George Boleyn and Thomas Boleyn, Queen Anne Boleyn’s brother and father; Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, […]

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

| June 12, 2016

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather cross with her errant husband, Henry VIII, telling him to “quit the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Here is an account of the confrontation from Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador: “On this same […]