28 July 1540 – The execution of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s most faithful servant

| July 28, 2016

28 July 1540 – The execution of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s most faithful servant

On 28th July 1540, the same day that Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, the man who had negotiated the King’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, was executed on Tower Hill having been found guilty by a bill of attainder of the crimes of corruption, heresy and treason. Chronicler Edward Hall recounts […]

22 July 1536 – Henry Fitzroy departed his life

| July 22, 2016

22 July 1536 – Henry Fitzroy departed his life

On this day in history, 22nd July 1536, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died at St James’s Palace. He was just seventeen years of age, having been born on 15th June 1519 to the King’s mistress, Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount. In 1525, he had been elected as a Knight […]

16 July – Anne of Cleves, Frances Brandon and Anne Askew

| July 16, 2016

16 July – Anne of Cleves, Frances Brandon and Anne Askew

16th July was a busy day in Tudor history. Here are three events which happened on this day and links to read more about them: 1517 – Birth of Frances Grey (née Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, at Hatfield. She was born on St Francis’s Day and was the eldest daughter of Charles Brandon, Duke of […]

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2016

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

On 14th July 1551, fifteen year-old Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and his fourteen year-old brother, Charles, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, died of sweating sickness at the home of the Bishop of Lincoln in Buckden, Huntingdonshire. They were the sons of the late Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his fourth wife Catherine […]

6 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed on Tower Hill

| July 6, 2016

6 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed on Tower Hill

On this day in history, 1st July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor. He had been found guilty of high treason under the Treason Act of 1534 for denying the King’s supremacy and refusing to take the Oath of Succession. Chronicler Charles […]

July 1535 – Sir Thomas More’s letter to Anthony Bonvyse

| July 5, 2016

July 1535 – Sir Thomas More’s letter to Anthony Bonvyse

Most people know about Sir Thomas More’s final letter to his beloved daughter, Margaret (Meg) Roper – click here – but he also wrote a letter in Latin, and again written in coal, to his dear friend Anthony Bonvyse (Bonvisi), a merchant. Here is the record, an English transcription of the letter, from Letters and […]

5 July 1535 – The imprisoned Sir Thomas More writes a final letter to his daughter

| July 5, 2016

5 July 1535 – The imprisoned Sir Thomas More writes a final letter to his daughter

On this day in history, 5th July 1535, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former chancellor, wrote a last letter from his prison cell in the Tower of London. He’d been imprisoned in the Tower since 17th April 1534 and had been found guilty of high treason by a commission of oyer and terminer on 1st […]

1 July 1535 – Trial of Sir Thomas More

| July 1, 2016

1 July 1535 – Trial of Sir Thomas More

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, includes a record of the commission of oyer and terminer which tried Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former chancellor, for treason on 1st July 1535. Firstly, it gives a list of those appointed to the commission of oyer and terminer: “Special commission of oyer and terminer for […]