9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

| April 9, 2014

9 April 1533 – From Queen to Dowager Princess of Wales

On 9th April 1533, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, received a visit from members of the King’s Council, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The purpose of their visit was to inform Catherine that Henry VIII was now married to Anne Boleyn and that Catherine was no longer queen. […]

Jane the Fool

| April 1, 2014

Jane the Fool

As it’s April Fools’ Day today, I thought I’d take a look at Jane the Fool, the woman who was court fool to Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Mary I (when she was princess and queen) and Queen Catherine Parr. Jane was what John Southworth, in his book “Fools and Jesters at the English Court”, refers […]

18 February 1516 – The Birth of Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| February 18, 2014

18 February 1516 – The Birth of Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

On 18th February 1516, in the early hours, Queen Catherine of Aragon’s fifth pregnancy1 ended with the birth of a healthy baby girl. This little girl, the future Queen Mary I, was born at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich. After nearly seven years of marriage, Henry VIII was disappointed that the baby was just […]

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, What they Did and Didn’t Say

| February 13, 2014

13 February 1542 – Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, What they Did and Didn’t Say

Today marks the anniversary of the executions of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, one of Catherine’s ladies. The two women had been found guilty of treason by bill of attainder, Catherine for not having a “pure and honest living before her marriage” and wanting “to return to her […]

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon Has a Stillborn Daughter

| January 31, 2014

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon Has a Stillborn Daughter

On 31st January 1510, Catherine of Aragon’s first pregnancy ended with her going into premature labour and giving birth to a stillborn daughter. It was obviously a devastating blow to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and what made the situation harder was that Catherine’s abdomen continued to swell and her physician advised that she […]

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, died on 7th January 1536 and was buried as the Dowager Princess of Wales, the title which she herself had never recognised, at Peterborough’s Benedictine abbey on 29th January 1536. In his recent biography of Catherine of Aragon, Patrick Williams gives details of the preparations for Catherine’s […]

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

| January 21, 2014

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

On 21st January 1542 a bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without there being any need for a trial. Retha Warnicke points out that although the bill was introduced into […]

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

| January 8, 2014

8 January 1536 – The King was clad all over in yellow

According to Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, on Sunday 8th January, the day after Catherine of Aragon’s death, Henry VIII “was clad all over in yellow, from top to toe, except the white feather he had in his bonnet” and he paraded the two-year old Princess Elizabeth to mass “with trumpets and other great triumphs”.1 […]