The Rivalry of Charles Brandon and Anne Boleyn by Sarah Bryson

| April 30, 2016

The Rivalry of Charles Brandon and Anne Boleyn by Sarah Bryson

To celebrate the release of her biography of Charles Brandon, Charles Brandon: The King’s Man, Sarah Bryson is joining us today with a guest article on Brandon and Anne Boleyn. Thank you, Sarah, and good luck with your book! Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, had […]

26 April 1536 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn

| April 26, 2016

26 April 1536 – Matthew Parker makes a promise to Queen Anne Boleyn

On or around this day in history, 26th April 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn met with her chaplain Matthew Parker and made him promise to do something for her. This promise stayed with him and caused him to feel so bound to Anne’s daughter, who became Queen Elizabeth I in 1558, that he took the office […]

20 April 1534 – Hangings and a call to swear the oath

| April 20, 2016

20 April 1534 – Hangings and a call to swear the oath

On 20th April 1534, prominent citizens of London were required to swear the “Oath of the Act of Succession”. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded: “all the craftes in London were called to their halls, and there were sworne on a booke to be true to Queene Anne and to beleeve and take her […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys encounters Anne Boleyn

| April 18, 2016

18 April 1536 – Chapuys encounters Anne Boleyn

On 18th April 1536, the first Tuesday after Easter, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, arrived at Henry VIII’s court at Greenwich Palace to meet with Henry VIII regarding negotiations between England and the Empire. He was met by George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the brother of the queen, and a series of events led to him […]

17 April 1534 – To the Tower for Sir Thomas More

| April 17, 2016

17 April 1534 – To the Tower for Sir Thomas More

On 17th April 1534, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, was sent to the Tower of London. He had been summoned to Lambeth on 13th April 1534 to swear his allegiance to the “Act of Succession” but had refused to do so and “thereupon was he delivered to the abbot of Westminster to be […]

5 April 1531 – The cook who was boiled to death

| April 5, 2016

5 April 1531 – The cook who was boiled to death

On 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), the cook in the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, was boiled to death after being attainted of high treason. It was claimed that Roose had poisoned a porridge (or pottage* served to Fisher and his guests on 18th February 1531. All who ate the porridge became […]

30 March 1533 – A new archbishop

| March 30, 2016

30 March 1533 – A new archbishop

On 30th March 1533, Passion Sunday, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury by the bishops of Lincoln, Exeter, and St Asaph at a service in St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace. Click here to read more about that. Also on this day in history, 30th March 1558, Queen Mary I made […]

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

| March 22, 2016

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

The 22nd March 1519 is the date traditonally given as the birth date of Katherine Brandon (née Willoughby), Duchess of Suffolk, daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Lady Maria de Salinas, maid-of-honour to Queen Katherine of Aragon. Katherine was born at Parham Old Hall, Suffolk, and baptised at Parham Church a […]