9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

| April 9, 2015

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

On 9th April 1533, a delegation of Henry VIII’s councillors, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Catherine of Aragon and informed her that the King was now married to Anne Boleyn. After they left, Catherine’s Chamberlain, Sir William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, had to tell her that she had been demoted from […]

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

| February 22, 2015

22 February 1511 – Henry VIII loses a son

On 22 February 1511, Henry, Duke of Corwall, son of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, died at the age of just fifty-two days at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

| February 13, 2015

13 February 1542 – Executions of Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford

On this day in history, 13 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Lady Jane Rochford, wife of the late George Boleyn, were executed at the Tower of London. We have an eye-witness account of their executions from a letter written by London merchant Otwell Johnson. “[…] And for news from hence, […]

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

| February 10, 2015

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

On 10 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was taken from Syon to the Tower of London by barge. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador at Henry VIII’s court, recorded Catherine’s journey: “Some days after, that is to say on the afternoon of the 10th, the Queen after some difficulty and resistance was […]

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon suffers a still-birth

| January 31, 2015

31 January 1510 – Catherine of Aragon suffers a still-birth

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.” Although she had lost her baby, Catherine’s abdomen stayed […]

29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Burial of Catherine of Aragon at Peterborough Abbey

On this day in history, 29 January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, was laid to rest at Peterborough Abbey (now Peterborough Cathedral). She had died on 7 January 1536 at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had left instructions for her remains to be buried in a Chapel of her beloved order, The Observant Friars, […]

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

| January 7, 2015

7 January 1536 – The Death of Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife

At 2pm on 7th January 1536, fifty year-old Catherine of Aragon died at Kimbolton Castle, Cambridgeshire, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had been suffering with ill health for a number of months but her condition took a turn for the worse at Christmas 1535. Catherine suffered awful stomach pains, sickness and was […]

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| January 6, 2015

6 January 1540 – An Epiphany wedding for Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On 6th January 1540, the Feast of the Epiphany, Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry’s third wife, Jane Seymour, had died in October 1537 leaving the King grief-stricken and unable to think of remarrying for some time. Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief adviser, was […]