20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

| September 20, 2016

20 September 1486 – Elizabeth of York gives birth to Prince Arthur

On this day in history, just “afore one o’clock after midnight” on 20th September 1486, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her first child. The baby boy was born at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester and was baptised in a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral on 24th September 1486. […]

19 September 1580 – The Duchess of Suffolk dies

| September 19, 2016

19 September 1580 – The Duchess of Suffolk dies

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Dowager Duchess of Suffolk, died after a long illness. She was laid to rest at St James’s Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire and visitors to the church can see the beautiful alabaster tomb of Katherine and her second husband, Richard […]

John Leland and Anne Boleyn’s coronation

| September 13, 2016

John Leland and Anne Boleyn’s coronation

Today is the anniversary of the birth of John Leland, poet and antiquary, in London on 13th September c. 1503. Leland is known for his Latin poems and his antiquarian writings which included Assertio inclytissimi Arturii regis Britanniae (which he presented to Henry VIII), his “New Year’s Gift” to Henry VIII: Antiquitates Britanniae, De uiris illustribus, his […]

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

| September 12, 2016

12 September 1555 – The Trial of Archbishop Cranmer begins

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. Cranmer, who had served both King Henry VIII and King Edward VI as Archbishop of Canterbury, stood accused on this day in Mary I’s reign of […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2016

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to a healthy daughter at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire. The little girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, who was Catherine Parr’s stepdaughter by her marriage to King Henry VIII. […]

25 August 1554 – Death of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

| August 25, 2016

25 August 1554 – Death of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 25th August 1554, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, magnate, soldier and uncle of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, died of natural causes at his home of Kenninghall in Norfolk. He was laid to rest in St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk. Thomas Howard was the eldest son of Thomas […]

Margaret Pole, Countess at Home by Susan Higginbotham

| August 24, 2016

Margaret Pole, Countess at Home by Susan Higginbotham

A warm welcome to Susan Higginbotham who is joining us today as part of the book tour for ler latest book, a biography: Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower. Here is an extract from her book and you’ll find details of her book at the bottom of this post. Naturally, Margaret did not confine […]

22 August 1545 – The death of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

| August 22, 2016

22 August 1545 – The death of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

At four o’clock on the afternoon of 22nd August 1545, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, magnate, courtier, soldier and King Henry VIII’s great friend, died of unknown causes at Guildford as he prepared to lead an army to Boulogne. Although as his biographer, Sarah Bryson, points out, Suffolk requested to be buried at Tattershall, in […]