Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

| June 30, 2015

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

If you follow The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page or you have my On This Day in Tudor History book you will know that today is the anniversary of a horrible jousting accident in 1559. On 30th June 1559, Henry II of France suffered a mortal head wound while jousting at the Place Royale at […]

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII at Greenwich

| June 28, 2015

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII at Greenwich

Happy 524th birthday to King Henry VII! Yes, on this day in history, 28th June 1491, Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace. His parents, Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, now had an heir and a spare, as well as a daughter (Margaret). Henry’s older brother Arthur died in 1501 and so it was […]

25 June 1503 – Betrothal of Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry

| June 25, 2015

25 June 1503 – Betrothal of Catherine of Aragon and Prince Henry

On Sunday 25th June 1503, seventeen year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, was formally betrothed to the nearly twelve year-old Prince Henry, the future Henry VIII and the second son of Henry VII, at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. According to the […]

24 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned at Westminster Abbey

| June 24, 2015

24 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon crowned at Westminster Abbey

Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen at a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey on 24th June 1509, the feast of St John the Baptist. It was also Midsummer’s Day, a day associated with fairies and magic, and it was traditional for fires to be burned on Midsummer’s […]

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2015

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon appeared in front of Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey’s biographer and gentleman usher, George Cavendish, describes how the King sat under a cloth of estate and Catherine “sat some distance beneath the king”. Also […]

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

| June 15, 2015

15 June 1536 – The King’s council bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter Mary at her home at Hunsdon. Their mission was to persuade her, or rather bully her, into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she […]

12 June 1530 – Catherine of Aragon reprimands Henry VIII

| June 12, 2015

12 June 1530 – Catherine of Aragon reprimands Henry VIII

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on Sunday 12th June 1530 Catherine of Aragon had words with her husband Henry VIII, “exhorting him to be again to her a good prince and husband, and to quit the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting.”1 Catherine went on to tell […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marry at Greenwich

| June 11, 2015

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon marry at Greenwich

On 11th June 1509, seventeen year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three year-old Catherine of Aragon, his brother Arthur’s widow, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. The wedding was low-key and was a private ceremony with just two witnesses: George Talbot, 4th Earl of Shrewsbury and Lord Steward of the King’s Household, and William Thomas, […]