11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

| February 11, 2016

11 February 1531 – Convocation grants Henry VIII the title of Supreme Head of the English Church

On this day in history, 11th February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

| February 7, 2016

7 February 1526 – Francis Bryan loses an eye and Henry VIII has a new love

On this day in history, 7th February 1526, the traditional Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The joust’s theme was unrequited love. Henry Courtenay, Marquess of Exeter, and his team of men wore green velvet and crimson satin embroidered with burning hearts. Above these hearts, a lady’s hand was depicted coming out of a […]

Here be dragons!

| February 4, 2016

Here be dragons!

It’s not just “Game of Thrones” or “Lord of the Rings” that have dragons you know! The Tudors had them too! Not the series, I mean the actual Tudor period. And I’ve got proof, so there! My husband Tim, who is a publisher, has been working with an artist doing illustrations for Amy Licence’s children’s […]

New history course – Heroes and Villains

| January 28, 2016

New history course – Heroes and Villains

Historian Toni Mount has today launched her new online history course with MedievalCourses.com! It’s called Heroes and Villains (MC02) and is a fascinating course – I know because I’ve done it (I narrated it so got a sneak peek!). Here is the blurb: Enjoy this exciting new course from historian and author Toni Mount where […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

25 January 1533 – A St Paul’s Day wedding for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

| January 25, 2016

25 January 1533 – A St Paul’s Day wedding for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

Early in the morning of 25th January 1533, the feast of the conversion of St Paul, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony performed by Rowland Lee, Henry VIII’s chaplain. In attendance on the king and queen, according to Nicholas Harpsfield, the Catholic apologist writing in Mary I’s reign, were Henry Norris […]

24 January 1536 – “A miracle he was not killed”

| January 24, 2016

24 January 1536 – “A miracle he was not killed”

On 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, fourty-four year-old King Henry VIII suffered a fall, either falling from his horse or his horse stumbling and both of them falling. The primary sources differ over exactly what happened and the seriousness of the accident. Although some history books, websites and programmes suggest that […]

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

| January 15, 2016

15 January 1535 – Henry VIII declared himself head of the Church in England

On this day in history, 15th January 1535, King Henry VIII proclaimed that he was now Supreme Head of the Church of England. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Memorandum that the King in his privy chamber, 15 January 26 Hen. VIII., in presence of Sir Thos. Audley, lord Chancellor, Thos. duke of […]