24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

| June 24, 2016

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer’s Day coronation

On 24th June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey, London. An overjoyed Thomas More wrote in his “Coronation Ode of King Henry […]

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

| June 19, 2016

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

On 19 June 1535, three monks, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their executions were witnessed by George Boleyn and Thomas Boleyn, Queen Anne Boleyn’s brother and father; Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, […]

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2016

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

On 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The following text is a contemporary account from The noble tryumphaunt coronacyon of Quene Anne, wyfe unto the most noble kynge Henry VIII, a pamphlet printed by Wynkyn de Worde […]

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 29, 2016

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

On Thursday 29 May 1533, two days after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the celebrations for Anne’s coronation began in earnest. The four days of celebrations kicked off with a river procession, or pageant, down the River Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich […]

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

20 April 1534 – Hangings and a call to swear the oath

| April 20, 2016

20 April 1534 – Hangings and a call to swear the oath

On 20th April 1534, prominent citizens of London were required to swear the “Oath of the Act of Succession”. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded: “all the craftes in London were called to their halls, and there were sworne on a booke to be true to Queene Anne and to beleeve and take her […]

17 April 1534 – To the Tower for Sir Thomas More

| April 17, 2016

17 April 1534 – To the Tower for Sir Thomas More

On 17th April 1534, Sir Thomas More, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor, was sent to the Tower of London. He had been summoned to Lambeth on 13th April 1534 to swear his allegiance to the “Act of Succession” but had refused to do so and “thereupon was he delivered to the abbot of Westminster to be […]

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| April 5, 2016

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope had no power to dispense in the case of a man marrying his brother’s widow, and that it was contrary to God’s law. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Notarial attestation of the […]