29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

On this day in history, 29 January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was laid to rest at Peterborough Abbey (now Peterborough Cathedral). She had died on 7 January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had left instructions for her remains to be buried in a Chapel of her beloved order, The Observant Friars, […]

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| January 7, 2015

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At 2pm on 7th January 1536, fifty year-old Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had been suffering with ill health for a number of months but her condition took a turn for the worse at Christmas 1535. Catherine suffered awful stomach pains, sickness and was […]

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2015

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On 6th January 1540, the Feast of the Epiphany, Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, had died in October 1537 leaving the King grief-stricken and unable to think of remarrying for some time. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief adviser, was […]

27 December 1539 – The Arrival of Anne of Cleves

| December 27, 2014

27 December 1539 – The Arrival of Anne of Cleves

On 27th December 1539, at 5pm, Anne of Cleves landed at Deal on the Kent coast, where she was met by Sir Thomas Cheyne and taken to Deal Castle to rest after her long journey. Anne was to be Henry VIII’s fourth wife and their marriage had been agreed upon by a treaty in September […]

Abuse and Dishonour in the Life of Katherine Howard – Guest Article by Conor Byrne

| December 17, 2014

Abuse and Dishonour in the Life of Katherine Howard – Guest Article by Conor Byrne

Historians, particularly popular writers, have customarily identified Katherine Howard’s relationships as consensual. Believing that she was, in fact, older than she actually was, they have suggested that she was the dominant party in her liaisons. Tracy Borman termed Katherine ‘a sexual predator’, believing that Katherine ‘knew exactly what she was doing’.1 Lacey Baldwin Smith similarly […]

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

| December 16, 2014

16 December 1485 – Birth of Queen Catherine of Aragon

Sometime during the night of 15th/16th December 1485 Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to a daughter, Catalina, at Alcalá de Henares, near Madrid. Catalina was the last child of Isabella and her husband Ferdinand II of Aragón and was named after her maternal great-grandmother, Catalina of Castile or Catherine of Lancaster. Of course, […]

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2014

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

Following their conviction for treason at a trial at London’s Guildhall on 1st December, Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII, were executed at Tyburn on 10th December 1541. Culpeper was beheaded but Dereham had to face the brutal traitor’s death […]

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

| November 30, 2014

30 November 1529 – The long suffering Catherine of Aragon

On 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, Catherine of Aragon confronted her husband Henry VIII about the way he was treating her, saying that she had “long been suffering the pains of Purgatory on earth” and that she was “very badly treated by his refusing to dine with and visit her in her apartments”. It […]