28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

The King is dead! Long live the King! On this day in history, in the early hours of 28 January 1547, fifty-five year-old Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was at the King’s side when he died, although Henry had lost the power of speech by the time her arrived. Cranmer asked […]

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 […]

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

| January 25, 2015

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

On 25 January 1533, St Paul’s Day, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. In a letter to Archdeacon Hawkyns, written in June 1533 and recording Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Cranmer wrote: “But now, sir, you may not imagine that this coronation was before her marriage; for she was married much about […]

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 […]

12 January 1510 – Panic at the Joust

| January 12, 2015

12 January 1510 – Panic at the Joust

On 12th January 1510, at a private joust at Richmond Park, Henry VIII jousted for the first time as king. He and his good friend William Compton attended the joust in disguise so that nobody knew the king was taking part. However, this led to panic when one of the disguised men was injured and […]

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

| January 8, 2015

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

I’ve written about this subject before but I received so many questions about it yesterday that I thought I’d write another article on the wearing of yellow after Catherine of Aragon’s death and ‘who wore what when’. As I mentioned yesterday, on 7th January 1536 Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton […]

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2015

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On 6th January 1540, the Feast of the Epiphany, Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, had died in October 1537 leaving the King grief-stricken and unable to think of remarrying for some time. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief adviser, was […]

5 January 1531 – Henry VIII ordered not to remarry

| January 5, 2015

5 January 1531 – Henry VIII ordered not to remarry

On 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII following a plea from Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s wife. In his letter he forbade Henry to remarry while the case for the annulment was still on-going and threatened him with excommunication if he took matters into his own hands and disobeyed Rome: “At […]