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 […]

28 September 1553 – Mary I Prepares for her Coronation

| September 28, 2014

28 September 1553 – Mary I Prepares for her Coronation

On 28th September 1553, Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, travelled in a decorated barge to the Tower of London to prepare for her coronation. She was accompanied by her half-sister Elizabeth and as they pulled up to Tower Wharf, they were greeted by music and cannons firing. […]

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth

| August 22, 2014

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth

On 22nd August 1485, near Market Bosworth, in Leicestershire, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor faced each other. Richard III was killed in battle and Henry Tudor, son of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, became King Henry VII. You can read more about the battle in […]

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

| July 8, 2014

8 July 1503 – Thomas Boleyn escorts Margaret Tudor to Scotland

On 8th July 1503, Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, was part of the large retinue headed by Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, and chosen by Henry VII to escort the 13 year-old Margaret Tudor to Edinburgh for her marriage to James IV of Scotland. The party had left Richmond Palace for the home of […]

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

| July 6, 2014

6 July 1553 – King Edward VI Dies

At sometime between 8pm and 9pm on 6th July 1553 fifteen year-old King Edward VI, the son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour, died at Greenwich Palace. He died in the arms of Sir Henry Sidney, one of the Chief Gentleman of his Privy Chamber, and his last words were “I am faint; Lord have […]

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 24, 2014

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

24th June, Midsummer’s Day, was the day chosen for the joint coronation of Henry VIII and his new bride Catherine of Aragon. It was a day associated with fairies and magic, and it was traditional for fires to be burned on Midsummer’s Eve to give the sun strength. David Starkey writes of how the new […]