9 May 1509 – Henry VII’s body was taken to St Paul’s

| May 9, 2015

9 May 1509 – Henry VII’s body was taken to St Paul’s

On this day in 1509, the body of Henry VII was taken from Richmond Palace to St Paul’s. Here’s an account by James Peller Malcolm (1767-1815) in Londinium redivivum:- “On the 9th of May, 1509, the body of Henry VII. was placed in a chariot, covered with black cloth of gold, which was drawn by […]

A History of the English Monarchy from Boadicea to Elizabeth I – New Book!

| April 10, 2015

A History of the English Monarchy from Boadicea to Elizabeth I – New Book!

Gareth Russell’s latest book A History of the English Monarchy from Boadicea to Elizabeth I, which was published in paperback on 24 March, is now available on Kindle. Congratulations to Gareth on his book’s release. Here is more information on the book… In A History of the English Monarchy, historian Gareth Russell traces the story […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

On 28th January 1457, thirteen year-old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to a son at Pembroke Castle, West Wales. The infant was named Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI. Henry’s father Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, had died from the plague three months earlier (while imprisoned by Yorkists) so his mother had been taken in […]

17 November 1558 – The Death of Queen Mary I

| November 17, 2014

17 November 1558 – The Death of Queen Mary I

At St James’s Palace, early in the morning of 17th November 1558, Queen Mary I died. This daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was just forty-two years old and had only reigned for five years and four months. Mary I has gone down in history as “Bloody Mary”, the “killer […]

30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2014

30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

On this day in 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. The Tudor chronicler, Raphael Holinshed, recorded: “…with great pompe he rowed unto Westminster, & there the thirtith daie of October he was with all ceremonies accustomed, anointed, & crowned king, by the whole assent […]

2 October 1452 – Birth of Richard III

| October 2, 2014

2 October 1452 – Birth of Richard III

On 2 October 1452, Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, was born at Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. Richard was the youngest surviving child of Richard, 3rd Duke of York, and Cecily Neville. Richard claimed the English throne in June 1483, claiming that his brother Edward IV’s sons were illegitimate because Edward had been pre-contracted to another […]

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

| October 1, 2014

1 October 1553 – Mary I Crowned at Westminster Abbey

On Sunday 1st October 1553, Mary, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was crowned Queen Mary I at Westminster Abbey by Stephen Gardiner, the Bishop of Winchester. Here is a primary source account of her coronation: “Memorandum, the first dale of October, 1553, was quene Mary crowned; that daie she cam first by […]

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

| September 30, 2014

30 September 1553 – Mary I’s Coronation Procession from the Tower to Whitehall

At 3pm on Saturday 30th September, Mary I left the Tower of London to the sound of guns firing and church bells ringing. This was her coronation procession and the next day she would be crowned Queen of England at Westminster Abbey. You can read a primary source account of Mary’s coronation in The chronicle […]