Monarch Film Premiere Tickets Competition

| August 29, 2014

Monarch Film Premiere Tickets Competition

Win a pair of tickets to the film premiere of the newly restored Henry VIII film MONARCH starring TP McKenna and Jean Marsh, followed by a Q&A with double BAFTA nominated Writer and Director, John Walsh. Sunday 14th September 3pm The Tricycle Theatre 269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR Box Office: 020 7328 1000 […]

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

| August 21, 2014

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

As part of their summer progress to the south-west of England, on 21st August 1535 King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn visited courtier Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in south Gloucestershire.The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sodbury Manor on 23rd August. This royal progress was not […]

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

| August 19, 2014

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

Thank you to Lauryn Poe for inspiring this post and to Conor Byrne, Marilyn Roberts and Judith Loriente for the subsequent discussions on this issue. Lauryn contacted me last month to ask me whether I knew of a primary source for Henry VIII referring to Katherine Howard as his “rose without a thorn”. I was […]

4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

| August 4, 2014

4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

On 4th August 1540, a number of men were executed for treason, including Carthusian monk William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse, who was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for treason for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Horne was one of 18 Carthusian monks killed between […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

| July 28, 2014

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

On 28 July 1540, the same day that Thomas Cromwell was beheaded on Tower Hill, 49 year-old Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was somewhere between 16 and 20 years of age, at Oatlands Palace. Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, had been declared null and void on […]

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 […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

| July 12, 2014

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. The ceremony was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was attended by around twenty courtiers and friends of the couple. Catherine’s supporters at the ceremony included her sister, Anne Herbert; Henry […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

| July 11, 2014

11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

On 11th July 1533, just over a month after Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. The […]