Happy Birthday Archbishop Cranmer!

| July 2, 2015

Happy Birthday Archbishop Cranmer!

Happy 526th birthday to His Grace Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, who was born on 2nd July 1489 in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire. You can read more about Cranmer in my article The Life of Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and in the following articles: 21 March 1556 – The Burning of Archbishop Cranmer Thomas Cranmer Becomes Archbishop of […]

29 June 1537 – Death of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland

| June 29, 2015

29 June 1537 – Death of Henry Percy, 6th Earl of Northumberland

On 29th June 1537, Henry Algernon Percy died at around the age of thirty-five. He was buried at Hackney Parish Church, and his will appointed the King as Supervisor and Edward Fox, Bishop of Hereford, and Thomas Cromwell as executors. Henry Percy was the eldest son of Henry Algernon Percy, 5th Earl of Northumberland, and […]

26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

| June 26, 2015

26 June 1535 – Arrangements made for Sir Thomas More’s trial

On this day in history, 26th June 1535, a new commision of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. “Oyer and terminer” comes from the French “to hear and to determine” and denotes […]

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

| June 18, 2015

18 June 1546 – The Trial of Anne Askew

On 18 June 1546, twenty-five year-old Anne Askew was arraigned at London’s Guildhall for heresy, along with Nicholas Shaxton, Nicholas White and John Hadlam (Adlams or Adams). They were all found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the results of the hearing: “The eigh tenth daie of June, 1546, […]

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

| June 10, 2015

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

On this day in history, at 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex. Lord Great Chamberlain and Lord Privy Seal, was arrested during a meeting of the Privy Council at Westminster. In a letter to Anne, duc de Montmorency, Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador wrote of Cromwell’s arrest: “To commence […]

3 June 1535 – Sir Thomas More is interrogated

| June 3, 2015

3 June 1535 – Sir Thomas More is interrogated

On 3rd June 1535, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s former Lord Chancellor, was interrogated in the Tower of London by Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Audley, Thomas Cromwell and the Duke of Suffolk regarding the royal supremacy. He had been arrested and taken to the Tower on 17th April 1534 after refusing to swear the Oath of […]

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

| May 27, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

A big thank you to Olga Hughes, editor of Nerdalicious and regular contributor to Tudor Life magazine, for writing this wonderful article on Thomas Cromwell and Anne Boleyn. There is something distinctly discomfiting about Henry VIII’s judicial murder of his wife, Queen Anne Boleyn. It is not only the terrible tragedy that befell her at […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

| May 22, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

In today’s post, Teri Fitzgerald continues her examination of the family of Thomas Cromwell, the protagonist of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, by looking at Cromwell’s nephew Richard Cromwell. Thank you to Teri for a wonderful series of articles, I know I’m enjoying them. Richard Williams alias Cromwell, was born around […]