Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part III: A Rose with Thorns

| August 28, 2015

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part III: A Rose with Thorns

Today we have the third part of Heather R. Darsie’s series on Margaret Tudor. A big thank you to Heather for writing these. You can catch up with Parts I and II at: Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part I: Sweet Tudor Rose Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The […]

22 August 1485 – Battle of Bosworth

| August 22, 2015

22 August 1485 – Battle of Bosworth

On this day in history, the 22nd August 1485, in rural Leicestershire near Market Bosworth, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor faced each other in a battle that would see the death of the King and the beginning of a new dynasty: the Tudor dynasty. You can read more about the battle […]

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The Thistle and the Rose

| August 18, 2015

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The Thistle and the Rose

Today we have part two of a series of three articles on Margaret Tudor by Heather R. Darsie. Thank you to Heather for writing these wonderful articles. Click here to read Part I. In celebration of Margaret Tudor’s marriages – first to King James IV of Scotland on 8 August 1503 and then to Archibald […]

8 July 1553 – Mary declares herself Queen at Kenninghall

| July 8, 2015

8 July 1553 – Mary declares herself Queen at Kenninghall

On Saturday 8th July 1553 at her home, Kenninghall in Norfolk, Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII, declared herself Queen following news of King Edward VI’s death. Mary had heard the news of her half-brother’s death from goldsmith Robert Reyns on 7th July, while she was staying with Lady Burgh at Euston Hall, near Thetford. […]

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 […]

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 […]