24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris

| August 24, 2016

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in Paris

On this day in history, 24th August 1572, the feast day of St Bartholomew, an awful event took place in Paris, France. An estimated 3,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in the city, and a further estimated 7,000 in the provinces. According to tradition, Catherine de’ Medici persuaded her son, King Charles IX of France, […]

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth

| August 22, 2016

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth

The 22nd August is an important date in Tudor history as it is the anniversary of the battle which saw the end of Plantagenet rule and the start of a new royal dynasty: the House of Tudor. On this day in 1485, the forces of King Richard III and Henry Tudor met at the Battle […]

August 1535 – Sir Nicholas Poyntz plays host to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| August 21, 2016

August 1535 – Sir Nicholas Poyntz plays host to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On 21 August 1535*, King Henry VIII and his second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, were scheduled to visit Sir Nicholas Poyntz (c.1510 – 1556) at his home, Acton Court, in Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire, as part of their progress to the south-west. This progress was an opportunity for the couple to promote the Reformation and […]

6 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed on Tower Hill

| July 6, 2016

6 July 1535 – Sir Thomas More is executed on Tower Hill

On this day in history, 1st July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor. He had been found guilty of high treason under the Treason Act of 1534 for denying the King’s supremacy and refusing to take the Oath of Succession. Chronicler Charles […]

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

| June 29, 2016

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

As far as “on this day in history” events go, 29th June is a rather busy day in Tudor England. Here are the main events with links to articles you can read to find out more about them… 1509 – Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a […]

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 […]