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, […]

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

| February 11, 2015

11 February 1531 – Henry VIII becomes Supreme Head of the English Church.

On this day in history, 11 February 1531, Convocation granted Henry VIII the title of “singular protector, supreme lord, and even, so far as the law of Christ allows, supreme head of the English church and clergy”, and it was George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Anne Boleyn, who played a prominent role in […]

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 […]

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

| February 4, 2015

4 February 1520 – The Marriage of Mary Boleyn and William Carey

On Saturday 4 February 1520, Mary Boleyn married William Carey in Greenwich Palace’s Chapel Royal. Henry VIII attended the wedding, making an offering of 6s. 8d., which is recorded in the King’s Book of Payments 1520. Mary Boleyn was the daughter of Thomas Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ambassador at the French court and a man on […]

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

| February 2, 2015

Wolf Hall and Cardinal Wolsey going down to Hell

If you haven’t read Hilary Mantel’s novels, don’t know the history surrounding the farce “Cardinal Wolsely going down to Hell” and haven’t watched episode 2 of Wolf Hall, then you might not want to read this article – SPOILERS! Last week’s episode of “Wolf Hall” closed with Cardinal Wolsey’s death and Cromwell watching a performance […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

| January 25, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Final Day – Life in Exile

For the final day of the virtual book tour for her book Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, Adrienne is visiting The Tudor Society with a guest article about what life in exile was like for people like Catherine Carey and her husband Francis Knollys in the reign of Mary I. Click here to […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 6 – The Cor Rotto Letter

| January 24, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 6 – The Cor Rotto Letter

For day 6 of her virtual book tour for Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, Adrienne Dillard is stopping by Susan Higginbotham’s blog with an article on the Cor Rotto letter, which I’m sure you’ll find fascinating. Click here to read the article now and also to enter the giveaway – there’s a copy […]

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 5 – Q&A with Adrienne

| January 23, 2015

Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey Book Tour Day 5 – Q&A with Adrienne

A big welcome to Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto: A Novel of Catherine Carey, who is visiting us today on Day 5 of her virtual book tour. Thank you to Adrienne for allowing me to grill her on her thoughts about the Carey and Knollys families, families who are close to my heart and […]