28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

| January 18, 2016

18 January 1486 – Henry VII marries Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey

On 18th January 1486, just under five months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, at Westminster Abbey. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry had been crowned on […]

22 December 1541 – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

| December 22, 2015

22 December 1541  – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

On this day in 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life” of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. The people listed in the trial documents included Lord […]

17 December 1538 – The Pope excommunicates Henry VIII

| December 17, 2015

17 December 1538 – The Pope excommunicates Henry VIII

On 17th December 1538, Pope Paul III announced the excommunication of King Henry VIII. Pope Clement VII had threatened the king with excommunication in March 1530 after he had found out from Catherine of Aragon that Henry had boasted that he would take a second wife “notwithstanding the inhibition and mandate against him”.1 Then, in […]

6 November 1501 – Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales, meet for the first time

| November 6, 2015

6 November 1501 – Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales, meet for the first time

On this day in history, 6th November 1501,1 Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, met Arthur, Prince of Wales, the man she would soon marry, at Dogmersfield in Hampshire, a palace that belonged to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Fifteen year-old Catherine had left her home, […]

5 November 1514 – Mary Tudor is crowned Queen of France

| November 5, 2015

5 November 1514 – Mary Tudor is crowned Queen of France

On Sunday 5th November 1514, Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and the new wife of King Louis XII of France, was crowned Queen of France by the Bishop of Bayeux at the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis (Basilique Saint-Denis), just outside of Paris. Louise of Savoy recorded: “On the fifth day of November 1514, the […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

| October 27, 2015

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn in masking apparel

On 25th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, King of France, arrived at Calais, which was English territory at the time to continue their talks and to meet with Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, Henry’s queen-in-waiting. After his arrival in Calais, Francis sent Anne Boleyn a diamond via the Provost of Paris, but Anne […]

Timeline of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s trip to Calais – October 1532

| October 20, 2015

Timeline of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s trip to Calais – October 1532

In October 1532, Henry VIII took Anne Boleyn, who he’d just made Marquis of Pembroke, to Calais with him. The main purpose of this trip was for Henry and Anne to gain King Francis I’s public recognition and approval of their relationship. Henry wanted Francis to then meet with the Pope and push the case […]