Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

| August 14, 2015

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

On 29th July I received news that my best friend of thirty-three years had died. I was devastated, particularly as I was actually on my way to spend a few days with her and her family. Su was the best friend a girl could have, and an amazing woman, and I miss her like crazy. […]

11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

| August 11, 2015

11 August 1534 – The Expulsion of the Friars Observant

Sometime around 11th August 1534, the Friars Observant (Observant Friars of Greenwich) were expelled from their monasteries due to their support of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, and their refusal to accept Henry VIII as the supreme head of the Church. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded their expulsion in a letter to […]

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

| July 28, 2015

28 July 1540 – Henry VIII marries for the fifth time

On 28th July 1540, Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. His marriage to Anne of Cleves had only been annulled on 9th July, so this wedding was a low key affair. The first mention chronicler Edward Hall makes of the new queen is an entry for 8th August: “The eight […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

| July 12, 2015

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace. This was Henry VIII’s sixth and final marriage and Catherine was also not new to marriage, having been married and widowed twice before, firstly to Edward Burgh (or Borough), son of Sir Thomas Burgh and grandson […]

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

| July 9, 2015

9 July 1540 – The King is at liberty to marry another woman

On 9th July 1540, convocation ruled that Henry VIII’s marriage to his fourth wife Anne of Cleves was null and void and that “the King is at liberty to marry another woman, and likewise the lady Anne free to marry.” The marriage was annulled “by reason of a precontract between lady Anne and the marquis […]

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

| July 3, 2015

3 July 1533 – Catherine of Aragon “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager”

On 3rd July 1533, William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy and Catherine of Aragon’s Chamberlain, was instructed to inform Catherine that she was “to satisfy herself with the name of Dowager” and to stop calling herself ‘Queen’. In his instructions to Mountjoy, Cromwell wrote that if Catherine carried on using the title of queen then “the […]

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

| June 30, 2015

Was it Culpepper or a lack of virginity that doomed Katheryn Howard?

Today we have a guest post from Kyra Kramer author of The Jezebel Effect: Why the Slut Shaming of Famous Queens Still Matters – thanks so much Kyra! Katheryn Howard began her first Summer Progress as Henry VIII’s queen on June 30, 1541. Was this the beginning of her end? It was on this progress […]