31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

| January 31, 2016

31 January 1510 – A stillbirth for Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 31 January 1510, Queen Catherine of Aragon went into premature labour and gave birth to a still-born daughter. Her confessor, Fray Diego, reported that the birth had occurred “without any other pain except that one knee pained her the night before.” Read more…

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

| January 29, 2016

Catherine of Aragon – Right to fight?

Today is the anniversary of Catherine of Aragon’s burial at Peterborough Abbey in 1536, so I just wanted to pose a question: “Was Catherine of Aragon right in fighting for her marriage and not accepting the annulment?” I’d love to hear your views on this so please do leave a comment. Allow me first to […]

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

| January 29, 2016

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

On 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”.1 As well as being a huge blow for both Anne and the king, this miscarriage was to have devastating consequences for Anne, her brother, some of their friends and Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth. […]

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

| January 21, 2016

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

On 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months since Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without […]

7 January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

| January 7, 2016

7 January 1536 – Catherine of Aragon dies at Kimbolton Castle

On 7th January 1536, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, Henry VIII’s first wife, fifty year-old Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle, in Cambridgeshire, where she had been residing since April 1534. Catherine had been battling ill-health for a few months but had started to go down hill at Christmas 1535. Eustace Chapuys, the […]

1540 – The Epiphany wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2016

1540 – The Epiphany wedding of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On the feast of the Epiphany, 6th January 1540, Henry VIII married Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, commonly known as Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII had been trying to get out of the marriage since their disastrous meeting on New Year’s Day but had realised that […]

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

| January 3, 2016

3 January 1540 and 1541 – Very different years for Anne of Cleves

What a difference a year made for Anne of Cleves! On 3rd January 1540 Anne was officially received by her soon-to-be husband, Henry VIII, at a spectacular pageant that spread from Greenwich Park to Blackheath. Chronicler Edward Hall1 describes the spectacle that greeted Anne: “On the morow being the third day of lanuary, & Saturday, […]

2 January 1536 – Chapuys arrives at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside

| January 2, 2016

2 January 1536 – Chapuys arrives at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside

On 2nd January 1536, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, arrived at the dying Catherine of Aragon’s bedside in Kimbolton Castle. He wrote to Emperor Charles V on 9th January of his four-day visit to Catherine: “As I stated in my despatch of the 30th of December ult°., almost immediately after closing it I mounted my […]