22 September 1515 – Birth of Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, known commonly as Anne of Cleves

| September 22, 2014

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, known commonly as Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, the 22nd September 1515, Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, or Anne of Cleves, was born near Düsseldorf. She was the second daughter of John III, Duke of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, an important German ruler, and Maria of Jülich-Berg. Anne had royal blood; not only was she descended from Edward I, she […]

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

| September 16, 2014

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

On 16 September 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 wife, […]

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

| September 9, 2014

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

On the 9th September 1513, while Henry VIII was away, busy campaigning against the French, James IV and his Scottish troops crossed the border and challenged the English force, which was headed by Thomas Howard, the Earl of Surrey, at Flodden in Northumberland. Before leaving for France, Henry VIII had left his wife, Catherine of […]

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

| September 5, 2014

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

On 5th September 1548, just six days after gving birth to her first child, a baby girl, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, died of puerperal fever at Sudeley Castle. She was around 36 years of age and had been married four times. Catherine was laid to rest […]

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2014

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first child at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The baby was a little girl and the couple named her Mary after Catherine’s stepdaughter and friend, Mary Tudor (the future Mary I). Unfortunately, little Mary Seymour […]

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

| August 19, 2014

Katherine Howard – Was she really Henry VIII’s “rose without a thorn”?

Thank you to Lauryn Poe for inspiring this post and to Conor Byrne, Marilyn Roberts and Judith Loriente for the subsequent discussions on this issue. Lauryn contacted me last month to ask me whether I knew of a primary source for Henry VIII referring to Katherine Howard as his “rose without a thorn”. I was […]

Released Today – Katherine Howard: A New History by Conor Byrne plus Free Report on Katherine

| August 14, 2014

Released Today – Katherine Howard: A New History by Conor Byrne plus Free Report on Katherine

A brand new Katherine Howard biography has been released today on Kindle and in paperback – Katherine Howard: A New History. Congratulations to author Conor Byrne on the release of his first book, it’s a great read and really makes you think twice about what you think you know about Katherine. Here’s the blurb: “In […]

31 July 1544 – An Incredible Letter

| July 31, 2014

31 July 1544 – An Incredible Letter

On 31st July 1544 ten year old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, who was acting as regent while Henry VIII was in France. Why do I call this letter incredible? Well, because not only is it beautiful to look at, being written in a […]