5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| April 5, 2016

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope had no power to dispense in the case of a man marrying his brother’s widow, and that it was contrary to God’s law. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Notarial attestation of the […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

| April 1, 2016

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII sends Jane Seymour a gift

In a letter dated 1st April 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, reported to Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor, that he had just received a message from the Marchioness of Dorset corroborating news that he’d already heard from a “maistre gelyot”. This news was that the King had been “paying court at Greenwich” to Jane […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

| March 23, 2016

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

On 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with the said lady Katherine […]

The Anne of Cleves Panels – a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

| March 16, 2016

The Anne of Cleves Panels – a Riddle Wrapped in an Enigma

A big welcome to author Sarah Morris who has joined us today as part of the book tour for In the Footsteps of the Six Wives of Henry VIII co-authored with Natalie Grueninger. Congratulations to both Sarah and Natalie on the release of their new book. Their first book In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn […]

22 February 1511 – The death of a male heir

| February 22, 2016

22 February 1511 – The death of a male heir

On this day in history, 22nd February 1511, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon lost their infant son, Henry, Duke of Cornwall, at the age of just fifty-two days. The royal couple had already lost a daughter, in January 1510, when she was stillborn, and this second loss must have been a heavy […]

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

| February 13, 2016

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford make the most godly and Christian’s end

On 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed by beheading within the confines of the Tower of London. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded: “And so on the thirtene daie, these twoo ladies were behedded on the Grene, within the Tower with an axe, and […]

Ashes to Ashes by Danielle Marchant

| February 13, 2016

Ashes to Ashes by Danielle Marchant

Thank you to author and “Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford” Facebook page owner Danielle Marchant for sharing this guest article with us today, the anniversary of the executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn. Over to Danielle… January and February are usually not the best times of the year and this year has already been exceptionally […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

| February 10, 2016

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping her with Catherine’s treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]