12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

| July 12, 2016

12 July 1543 – The King’s marriage to Catherine Parr

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII married his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, widow of John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer of Snape in Yorkshire, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. The chroniclers only mention the marriage in passing, giving few details: “In this yere, the […]

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

| July 9, 2016

9 July 1540 – The end of Henry VIII’s fourth marriage

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, just over six months after he had married Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne was declared null and void. It was also declared that both parties were free to marry again. Anne did not ever remarry, but Henry already had wife number 5 waiting in […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine, stop calling yourself queen!

| July 3, 2016

3 July 1533 – Catherine, stop calling yourself queen!

Well, that’s what Thomas Cromwell’s instructions to William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Catherine of Aragon’s Chamberlain, on this day in 1533 amounted to. King Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn, and so had a new queen consort, and “As the King cannot have two wives he cannot permit the Dowager to persist […]

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 […]