21 April 1509 – The Accession of King Henry VIII

| April 21, 2015

21 April 1509 – The Accession of King Henry VIII

The King is dead, long live the King! Fifty-two year old Henry VII died at Richmond Palace on the night of 21st April 1509, passing the throne on to his seventeen-year-old son, Henry. Henry VIII was crowned King on 24th June 1509, in a joint coronation with his new bride, Catherine of Aragon. Henry VIII’s […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

| April 11, 2015

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

Good Friday 1533, the 11th April, was a big day for Anne Boleyn because it was on that day that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne Boleyn as his righful wife and queen. While Henry was meeting with his council, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on the annulment of […]

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

| April 5, 2015

Wolf Hall – A Guide to Characters and Events

Wolf Hall starts tonight in the US on PBS Masterpiece so over the next few weeks I’m going to be publishing some articles on the real historical characters and events featured in the TV series and the books by Hilary Mantel that it’s adapted from. But, for now you can read more about some of […]

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2015

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

On the very same day that the Pope pronounced sentence on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, ruling in Catherine’s favour and pronouncing it valid, Parliament in England passed the First Act of Succession declaring the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and recognising the rights of their issue to inherit the […]

10 March 1524 – A jousting accident for Henry VIII

| March 10, 2015

10 March 1524 – A jousting accident for Henry VIII

On 10th March 1524, thirty-two year-old Henry VIII was injured after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against his good friend and brother-in-law Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. According to the records, “the duke struck the king on the brow right under the guard of the headpiece on the very skull cap […]

1 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

| March 1, 2015

1 March 1522 – The Chateau Vert Pageant

In 1522, 1st March was Shrove Tuesday and was the day of the special Shrovetide pageant, “The Château Vert”, which took place at York Place in London. This pageant was Anne Boleyn’s first recorded appearance at Henry VIII’s court following her return from France, where she had been serving Queen Claude, consort of Francis I. […]

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

| February 22, 2015

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

On 22 February 1511, Henry, Duke of Corwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of just fifty-two days at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

| February 14, 2015

Valentine’s Day and a Love Letter from Henry VIII

If you haven’t noticed (quick, buy a card!), today is Valentine’s Day, the day of love. Contrary to what many people believe, Valentine’s Day was celebrated in Tudor England. Alison Sim, in her excellent book Pleasures & Pastimes in Tudor England writes of how it is mentioned three times in the Paston Letters (a collection […]