Sir William Butts

| November 22, 2014

Sir William Butts

Today marks the anniversary of the death of Sir William Butts, Henry VIII’s trusted physician, on 22nd November 1545. He died at Fulham Manor, Middlesex, after suffering from a “dooble febre quartanz”, a form of malaria. Butts was buried in a tomb against the south wall of All Saints Church, Fulham, but his tomb and […]

21 November 1559 – The death of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

| November 21, 2014

21 November 1559 – The death of Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

On 21st November 1559, Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk, died at Richmond at the age of forty-two. Frances was the daughter of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, and his third wife Mary Tudor, Queen of France, and the mother of Lady Jane Grey, who was queen for just thirteen days in 1553. Frances was married […]

Thomas Cranmer – Were his recantations of faith driven by Stockholm Syndrome by Beth von Staats

| October 28, 2014

Thomas Cranmer – Were his recantations of faith driven by Stockholm Syndrome by Beth von Staats

One of our feature articles in the November 2014 issue of Tudor Life Magazine is Beth von Staats’ excellent article on Thomas Cranmer’s recantations in the reign of Mary I, “Thomas Cranmer – Were his recantations of faith driven by Stockholm Syndrome?”. You can enjoy the whole article in the magazine sample at www.tudorsociety.com/magazine, along […]

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

| October 21, 2014

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

On 21st October 1532, Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Bolougne. When Henry and Anne’s trip to Calais had first been planned, Anne had wanted to attend the meeting at the French court in Boulogne as Henry’s consort. She […]

18 October 1541 – Death of Margaret Tudor

| October 18, 2014

18 October 1541 – Death of Margaret Tudor

On 18th October 1541, fifty-two year old Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, former Queen of Scotland and mother of James V, died of a stroke at Methven Castle, Perthshire, Scotland. Margaret was laid to rest at the Carthusian Priory of St John in Perth, which was later destroyed and nothing remains of it today. […]

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

| October 11, 2014

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

On this day in history, 11th October 1542, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, poet and diplomat, died at Clifton Maybank House, the home of his friend Sir John Horsey, in Sherborne Dorset. He had been complaining of severe headaches since 1539 and he was just 39 years old at the time of his death. You […]

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

| October 6, 2014

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

The 6th October 1536 is the traditional date given for the execution of reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale. Tyndale, whose works include The Obedience of a Christian Man (a book Anne Boleyn shared with Henry VIII), had incurred the wrath of Henry VIII after the publication of his The Practyse of Prelates” in […]

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

| September 24, 2014

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 24th September 1486, Arthur, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII, was christened at a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral. Arthur had been born on the 20th September but was not baptised straightaway because his intended godfather, John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, needed time to travel from Suffolk to Winchester. On […]