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, […]

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

| September 16, 2014

16 September 1541- Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Enter York on their Progress

On 16 September 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his wife, […]

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 […]

10 September 1533 – Christening of the future Elizabeth I

| September 10, 2014

10 September 1533 – Christening of the future Elizabeth I

On Wednesday 10 September 1533, three days after her birth, Princess Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. You can read a primary source account of her christening in may article from last year – Elizabeth I’s Christening at the Church of Observant Friars. […]

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

| September 9, 2014

9 September 1513 – Victory for Regent Catherine of Aragon

On the 9th September 1513, while Henry VIII was away, busy campaigning against the French, James IV and his Scottish troops crossed the border and challenged the English force, which was headed by Thomas Howard, the Earl of Surrey, at Flodden in Northumberland. Before leaving for France, Henry VIII had left his wife, Catherine of […]

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

| September 1, 2014

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

On 1st September 1532, Anne Boleyn was created Marquis of Pembroke, a title in her own right, at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. The purpose of the granting of the title was to “fit” Anne for the European stage, in readiness for the couple’s upcoming meeting with King Francis I of France. Despite years of […]

24 August 1572 – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

| August 24, 2014

24 August 1572 – The St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On this day in 1572, the St Bartholmew’s Day Massacre took place. An estimated 3,000 French Protestants (Huguenots) were massacred in Paris, and a further estimated 7,000 in the provinces. According to tradition, Catherine de’ Medici persuaded her son, King Charles IX of France, to order the assassination of key Huguenot leaders who had gathered […]