20 April 1534 – The Hanging of the Nun of Kent

| April 20, 2014

20 April 1534 – The Hanging of the Nun of Kent

On 20th April 1534, Elizabeth Barton, a Benedictine nun who became known as ‘the Nun of Kent’ or ‘the Holy Maid of Kent’, was hanged for treason at the gallows at Tyburn along with her spiritual adviser, Father Edward Bocking; Richard Risby, Warden of the Observant Friary at Canterbury; and Hugh Rich, Warden of the […]

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn Attends Easter Eve Mass as Queen

| April 12, 2014

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn Attends Easter Eve Mass as Queen

Following Henry VIII’s orders to his council the previous day to accord Anne Boleyn royal honours, and Catherine of Aragon’s demotion to Dowager Princess of Wales, the pregnant Anne attended mass on Holy Saturday in the Queen’s Closet of Greenwich Palace “with all the pomp of a Queen, clad in cloth of gold, and loaded […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

| April 11, 2014

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

On 11th April 1533 Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and that she should be accorded with royal honours.1 On the same day Thomas Cranmer, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the King “Beseeching the King very humbly to allow him to determine his great cause […]

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

| April 5, 2014

5 April 1531 – The Boiling of Richard Roose, Bishop John Fisher’s Cook

On 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (or Rouse), the cook on 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 […]

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

| March 25, 2014

Happy New Year or Happy Lady Day!

Before you think I’ve gone mad, let me just explain that 25th March, or Lady Day, was the start of the New Year in Tudor times. Lady Day, or the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin, was a feast day commemorating the day that the Virgin Mary was first told by the Angel […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

| March 10, 2014

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

On this day in 1524, the thirty-two year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Tudor chronicler, Edward Hall, gives the following account of the accident: “The 10th day of March, the king having a new harness [armour] made […]

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – The Burial of Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, died on 7th January 1536 and was buried as the Dowager Princess of Wales, the title which she herself had never recognised, at Peterborough’s Benedictine abbey on 29th January 1536. In his recent biography of Catherine of Aragon, Patrick Williams gives details of the preparations for Catherine’s […]

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

| January 28, 2014

28 January 1457 – Birth of Henry VII

On this day in history, 28th January 1457, King Henry VII (also known as Henry Tudor) was born at Pembroke Castle on the south-west coast of  Wales. His father was Edmund Tudor, 1st Earl of Richmond, and his mother was Lady Margaret Beaufort. Henry’s paternal grandparents were Owen Tudor, a former page to Henry V, […]