Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part III: A Rose with Thorns

| August 28, 2015

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part III: A Rose with Thorns

Today we have the third part of Heather R. Darsie’s series on Margaret Tudor. A big thank you to Heather for writing these. You can catch up with Parts I and II at: Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part I: Sweet Tudor Rose Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The […]

21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| August 21, 2015

21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On 21st August 1535, Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn visited Acton Court, in Iron Acton, south Gloucestershire, as part of their progress to the south-west. Acton Court was the home of Sir Nicholas Poyntz, a man who was known for his support of religious reform. In preparation for the royal visit, Poyntz […]

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The Thistle and the Rose

| August 18, 2015

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part II: The Thistle and the Rose

Today we have part two of a series of three articles on Margaret Tudor by Heather R. Darsie. Thank you to Heather for writing these wonderful articles. Click here to read Part I. In celebration of Margaret Tudor’s marriages – first to King James IV of Scotland on 8 August 1503 and then to Archibald […]

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. […]

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part I – Sweet Tudor Rose

| August 13, 2015

Margaret Tudor: Gateway to the United Kingdom, Part I – Sweet Tudor Rose

Thank you so much to Heather R. Darsie for writing this article, which is the first in a series of three. I’m late in posting it due to being on holiday but I’m sure you’ll enjoy finding out a bit more about Margaret. Over to Heather… In celebration of Margaret Tudor’s marriages – first to […]

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 […]

Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2015

Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury to Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. I have a real soft spot for Parker. […]

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 […]