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 […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

| July 28, 2014

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Howard, his Rose without a Thorn

On 28 July 1540, the same day that Thomas Cromwell was beheaded on Tower Hill, 49 year-old Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was somewhere between 16 and 20 years of age, at Oatlands Palace. Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, had been declared null and void on […]

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1557 – The Death of Anne of Cleves, the King’s Right Dear and Right Entirely Beloved Sister

On 16 July 1557, Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, died at Chelsea Old Manor after a few months of illness. Her body was embalmed and placed in a coffin covered with a cloth bearing her arms. Tapers were lit around her coffin and prayers said on a daily basis. On 4 August 1557, […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

| July 12, 2014

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. The ceremony was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was attended by around twenty courtiers and friends of the couple. Catherine’s supporters at the ceremony included her sister, Anne Herbert; Henry […]

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

| July 9, 2014

9 July 1540 – Henry VIII’s Fourth Marriage is Annulled

On 9th July 1540, Convocation declared that the marriage between Henry VIII and his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void: “After mature deliberation, they have found the marriage null by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis of Lorraine, that it was unwillingly entered into and never consummated, and […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

| July 3, 2014

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon Told to Stop Calling Herself Queen

On Wednesday 3rd July 1533, Catherine of Aragon’s chamberlain William Blount, Lord Mountjoy, was instructed to inform his mistress that she was to recognise her new title of “Princess Dowager” and to refrain from referring to herself as “Queen”. The annulment of Catherine’s marriage to Henry VIII had been declared by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer on […]