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12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

| December 12, 2014

12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

On 12th December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was led through the streets of London from Ely Place, where he had been held since the 2nd December, to the Tower of London. There, he was joined by his father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who was taken to the Tower by barge along […]

Lady Anne Mowbray: A little girl who might have been queen? – Part 2: Who was Lady Anne Mowbray, the child bride of a Prince in the Tower?

| December 11, 2014

Lady Anne Mowbray: A little girl who might have been queen? – Part 2: Who was Lady Anne Mowbray, the child bride of a Prince in the Tower?

Following on from yesterday’s article The mummy on the building site and on the anniversary of the finding of her remains on 11th December 1964, Marilyn Roberts discusses who Lady Anne Mowbray actually was. In January 1476, John Mowbray, fourth duke of Norfolk, died suddenly aged 31 at his great castle in Framlingham in Suffolk. […]

Lady Anne Mowbray: A little girl who might have been queen? – Part 1: The mummy on the building site

| December 10, 2014

Lady Anne Mowbray: A little girl who might have been queen? – Part 1: The mummy on the building site

Thank you to author and historian Marilyn Roberts for sharing this two-part article on Lady Anne Mowbray with us in commemoration of her birth on 10th December 1472 and the finding of her remains on 11th December 1964. Over to Marilyn… Last February, in my article The Howards and Lady Anne Mowbray, I wrote of […]

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2014

10 December 1541 – The Executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

Following their conviction for treason at a trial at London’s Guildhall on 1st December, Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII, were executed at Tyburn on 10th December 1541. Culpeper was beheaded but Dereham had to face the brutal traitor’s death […]

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer deprived of his archbishopric

| December 4, 2014

4 December 1555 – Thomas Cranmer deprived of his archbishopric

On 4th December 1555, Papal sentence was passed on Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Rome, depriving him of his archbishopric “and of all ecclesiastical dignities” and giving permission to the secular authorities in England to to decide on his fate. Cranmer had been found guilty of treason and sentenced to death along with Lady […]

2 December 1546 – The Arrest of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

| December 2, 2014

2 December 1546 – The Arrest of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier and soldier, was arrested after his former friend, Richard Southwell, gave evidence against him. What was Surrey’s crime? Well, he was charged with improper heraldry. According to Southwell, Surrey had used the arms of his ancestor Edward the Confessor in […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

| November 29, 2014

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. He had stopped at the abbey while on his way from his home, Cawood Castle in Yorkshire, to London to face charges of high treason. Wolsey’s famous last words were “I se the matter […]

Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

| November 28, 2014

Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

On 28th November 1489, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to the couple’s second child and eldest daughter at Westminster Palace. The couple named her Margaret after her paternal grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and she was baptised at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on 30th November. Margaret spent her childhood at […]