24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

| June 24, 2016

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

On 24th June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London. An overjoyed Thomas More wrote in his “Coronation Ode of King Henry […]

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2016

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, just over twenty years after their marriage, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, appeared before Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey had been authorised by papal bull in April 1528 “to take cognisance of all matters […]

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

| June 20, 2016

20 June 1540 – Queen Anne of Cleves is unhappy

On this day in history, 20th June 1540, five months after her marriage to King Henry VIII, Queen Anne of Cleves complained to her ambassador, Carl Harst, about the King’s interest in one of her maids of honour, a young woman by the name of Catherine Howard. Read more… Anne of Cleves is one of […]

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

| June 12, 2016

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather cross with her errant husband, Henry VIII, telling him to “quit the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Here is an account of the confrontation from Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador: “On this same […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries for the first time

| June 11, 2016

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries for the first time

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, just under two months after his accession to the throne of England, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, and the widow of Henry’s brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales. The couple got married in […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2016

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On 7th June 1536, just over a week since Jane Seymour’s marriage to King Henry VIII and three days after she had been officially proclaimed queen, a water pageant took place on the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster in her honour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations: “Also, the 7th day of June, being […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2016

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

Following her marriage to Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and her first public apearance as queen on 2nd June, Jane Seymour was proclaimed Queen at Greenwich on Sunday 4th June 1536, Whitsun. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded it: “Also the 4th daie of June, being Whitsoundaie, the said Jane Seymor was proclaymed […]