28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

| July 28, 2015

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

On 28th July 1540, Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. His marriage to Anne of Cleves had only been annulled on 9th July, so this wedding was a low key affair. The first mention chronicler Edward Hall makes of the new queen is an entry for 8th August: “The eight […]

22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

| July 22, 2015

22 July 1536 – Henry VIII loses a son

Today marks the aniversary of the death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace, London. The seventeen year-old duke was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie Blount), and the husband of Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. It is thought that […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

| July 12, 2015

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. This was Henry VIII’s sixth and final marriage and Catherine was also not new to marriage, having been married and widowed twice before, firstly to Edward Burgh (or Borough), son of Sir Thomas Burgh and grandson […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2015

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

On 11 Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. Read more… Also on this day in history… 1536 – Death […]

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

| July 9, 2015

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

On 9th July 1540, convocation ruled that Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void and that “the King is at liberty to marry another woman, and likewise the lady Anne free to marry.” The marriage was annulled “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis […]

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 […]