11 February – Elizabeth of York’s Birth and Death

| February 11, 2015

11 February – Elizabeth of York’s Birth and Death

11 February is the date of both the birth and death of Elizabeth of York, consort of King Henry VII. Elizabeth was born on this day in 1466 and she died on this day in 1503. Elizabeth was the eldest child of King Edward IV and his consort Elizabeth Woodville and was born on 11 […]

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

| February 7, 2015

7 February 1478 – Birth of Sir Thomas More

This day in history, 7 February 1478 (some say 1477), is the traditional birthdate of Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, in Milk Street, Cheapside, London. He was the son of Sir John More, lawyer and judge on the King’s Bench, and Agnes Graunger, daughter of Thomas Graunger, a Merchant of the Staple of […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII at Pembroke Castle

On 28th January 1457, thirteen year-old Margaret Beaufort gave birth to a son at Pembroke Castle, West Wales. The infant was named Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI. Henry’s father Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, had died from the plague three months earlier (while imprisoned by Yorkists) so his mother had been taken in […]

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

| January 26, 2015

Eustace Chapuys and the tyrannical Henry VIII

Just a few days ago, I wrote about Henry VIII being unhorsed by his opponent during a joust at Greenwich Palace on 24th January 1536, an accident which one source claimed led to the king being unconscious for over two hours. Whether or not the king was unconcious for that long, it was serious enough […]

21 January 1543 – Henry Howard’s Madding Time

| January 21, 2015

21 January 1543 – Henry Howard’s Madding Time

On this day in history, on the night of 21 January 1543, there was trouble in London. A group of half a dozen young men, including ringleader Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (the famous, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier), and Thomas Wyatt the Younger (son of the poet Thomas Wyatt, and the future leader of […]

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 […]