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 […]

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

| September 20, 2014

20 September 1486 – Birth of Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII

On 20th September 1486, “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in Winchester. Henry VII had decided that his first child would be born at Winchester, the place believed to have been the capital of the legendary Camelot, […]

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2014

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, died at the age of sixty-one after a long illness. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was the wife of Richard Bertie and had previously been married to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

| September 12, 2014

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer’s Trial Begins

On 12th September 1555, the trial of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, began in the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. He was accused of two offences, or doctrinal errors: repudiating papal authority and denying transubstantiation. You can read all the details of his trial, and the subsequent proceedings, in my article […]

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2014

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first child at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The baby was a little girl and the couple named her Mary after Catherine’s stepdaughter and friend, Mary Tudor (the future Mary I). Unfortunately, little Mary Seymour […]

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2014

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

On 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury in her daughter’s reign, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. Parker was educated at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, where he […]

4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

| August 4, 2014

4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

On 4th August 1540, a number of men were executed for treason, including Carthusian monk William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse, who was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for treason for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Horne was one of 18 Carthusian monks killed between […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

| August 1, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

Last week I wrote about Anne Boleyn’s paternal family, the Boleyns and Butlers, so today I’m going to look at Anne’s maternal family, the Howards. Apologies for the long article, there were quite a few prominent Howards! The Howards were one of the premier families in England and were of royal blood, being descended from […]