Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

| September 22, 2016

Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII

Today is the 501st anniversary of the birth of Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII. You can find out about her background, how she came to be married to Henry VIII and what happened when they did marry in my article Birth of Anne of Cleves, but I thought it would be […]

New online history course – The Six Wives of Henry VIII

| September 19, 2016

New online history course – The Six Wives of Henry VIII

MedievalCourses.com has today launched a new online history course written and narrated by historian Gareth Russell, author of The Emperors: How Europe’s Rulers Were Destroyed by the First World War, A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I and the forthcoming Young and Damned and Fair: The Life and Tragedy of Catherine […]

16 September 1541 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard visit York

| September 16, 2016

16 September 1541 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard visit York

On this day in 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his […]

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2016

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, Wednesday 5th September 1548,”between two and three of the clock in the morning”, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died at Sudeley Castle. She was only around thirty-six years of age and died of postpartum complications, probably puerperal fever, having given […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2016

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to a healthy daughter at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire. The little girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, who was Catherine Parr’s stepdaughter by her marriage to King Henry VIII. […]

Correcting the myths

| August 11, 2016

Correcting the myths

Last week, I published a guest article, Fact, by Clare Cherry in which she talked about the problem of assumptions and theories becoming taken as fact. The article received lots of comments and I also received a fair few emails about it. One Anne Boleyn Files follower asked me “but why are these “notions” not […]

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

| August 4, 2016

Anne of Cleves’ Funeral – 4 August 1557

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was buried at Westminster Abbey, in a tomb on the south side of the High Altar. The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was Elizabeth, Marchioness of […]

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

| August 3, 2016

3 August 1557 – The remains of Anne of Cleves are processed to Westminster Abbey

Merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that on this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the body of forty-one year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of Henry VIII, was processed from her home, Chelsea Old Manor, where she had died on 16th July, to Westminster Abbey for burial. Read more… Also on this day in […]