14 November 1541 – The inventory of Thomas Culpeper’s belongings

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1541 – The inventory of Thomas Culpeper’s belongings

On 14th November 1541, an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands and fees of Thos. Culpeper, the younger”, the alleged lover of Queen Catherine Howard. The list included two caps of velvet given to him by Henry VIII, swords, daggers, clothing, furniture, revenues from his lands (including “the manors of Zanworth, Haselton, […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

| November 11, 2014

11 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer instructed to move Catherine Howard to Syon House

On this day in history, 11th November 1541, Henry VIII’s council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter containing instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey. You can read more in my article Queen Catherine’s Move to Syon House. Also on this day in history… 1534 – […]

8 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer Interrogates Queen Catherine Howard

| November 8, 2014

8 November 1541 – Archbishop Cranmer Interrogates Queen Catherine Howard

On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer visited Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, in the apartments she was confined to in Hampton Court Palace. His aim in visiting her was to interrogate her about the claims that had been made about her sexual history while she had been living in […]

7 November 1541 – Catherine Howard confined to her chambers

| November 7, 2014

7 November 1541 – Catherine Howard confined to her chambers

On 7th November 1541, following their investigation into claims about Catherine Howard’s sexual history, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Hampton Court Palace to interrogate Catherine and to arrange that she should be confined to her chambers there. Catherine would be able to move between chambers in her […]

6 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is abandoned

| November 6, 2014

6 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is abandoned

On Sunday 6th November 1541, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was abandoned by her husband at Hampton Court Palace, never to see him again. During the day, the King had “dined at a little place in the fields” near the palace “on pretext of hunting”, and then that night returned to London and met […]

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

| November 2, 2014

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

On 2nd November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace detailing Catherine Howard’s colourful past, and how she had “lived most corruptly and sensually”. Cranmer had been persuaded by Chancellor Audley and the Earl of Hertford to relate the story told by Mary […]

Queen Katherine Howard: The Royal Stepmother – Guest Article by Conor Byrne and Giveaway

| October 27, 2014

Queen Katherine Howard: The Royal Stepmother  – Guest Article by Conor Byrne and Giveaway

Today I’m delighted to be the first stop on Conor Byrne’s virtual book tour for his biography of Katherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Katherine Howard: A New History. Over to Conor… Henry VIII’s children were accustomed to having stepmothers. Mary, daughter of Katherine of Aragon, had five stepmothers; Elizabeth, daughter of Anne Boleyn, had […]