4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

| July 3, 2015

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

On 3rd July 1533, William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Catherine of Aragon’s Chamberlain, was instructed to inform Catherine that she was “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager” and to stop calling herself ‘Queen’. In his instructions to Mountjoy, Cromwell wrote that if Catherine carried on using the title of queen then “the […]

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

| June 30, 2015

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

Today we have a guest post from Kyra Kramer author of The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters – thanks so much Kyra! Katheryn Howard began her first Summer Progress as Henry VIII’s queen on June 30, 1541. Was this the beginning of her end? It was on this progress […]

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 […]

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 […]