21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

| October 21, 2014

21 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn Stays in Calais while Henry VIII meets with Francis I

On 21st October 1532, Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Bolougne. When Henry and Anne’s trip to Calais had first been planned, Anne had wanted to attend the meeting at the French court in Boulogne as Henry’s consort. She […]

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

| October 19, 2014

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

On the 19th October 1536, Henry VIII got tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels. In a letter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry wrote: “You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and cause all the boats […]

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

| October 6, 2014

6 October 1536 – William Tyndale’s Execution

The 6th October 1536 is the traditional date given for the execution of reformer, scholar and Bible translator, William Tyndale. Tyndale, whose works include The Obedience of a Christian Man (a book Anne Boleyn shared with Henry VIII), had incurred the wrath of Henry VIII after the publication of his The Practyse of Prelates” in […]

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

| October 4, 2014

4 October in Tudor History: Trouble in Lincolnshire and a Public Recantation

4 October in Tudor history saw two interesting events: trouble in Horncastle, Lincolnshire, in 1536 which led to the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, and in 1556 Sir John Cheke, one time tutor to Edward VI, Secretary of State for Lady Jane Grey and the first Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge University, making a public […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

| September 27, 2014

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail from Spain

At 5pm on 27th September 1501, fifteen year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set off from the port of Laredo in Spain bound for England. She was travelling to England because her parents and Henry VII had negotiated a marriage match for Catherine to marry Arthur, […]

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

| September 24, 2014

24 September 1486 – Christening of Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 24th September 1486, Arthur, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII, was christened at a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral. Arthur had been born on the 20th September but was not baptised straightaway because his intended godfather, John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, needed time to travel from Suffolk to Winchester. On […]

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, […]