16 July 1546 – The Execution of Anne Askew, “a singular example of Christian constancy for all men to follow”

| July 16, 2014

16 July 1546 – The Execution of Anne Askew, “a singular example of Christian constancy for all men to follow”

On this day in 1546 the Protestant martyrs Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. Anne had to be carried to the stake in a chair and “was tied by the middle with a chain, that held up her body” because hse […]

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 24, 2014

24 June 1509 – The Midsummer Coronation of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

24th June, Midsummer’s Day, was the day chosen for the joint coronation of Henry VIII and his new bride Catherine of Aragon. It was a day associated with fairies and magic, and it was traditional for fires to be burned on Midsummer’s Eve to give the sun strength. David Starkey writes of how the new […]

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s Coronation Procession

| June 23, 2014

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon’s Coronation Procession

On Saturday 23rd June, the eve of the coronation, Henry and his new queen, Catherine of Aragon, processed through London, from the Tower to Westminster. The procession started at 4pm, and consisted of the Knights of the Bath dressed in splendid blue gowns followed by Edward Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, who had been made Constable […]

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

| June 21, 2014

21 June 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Chosen as Edward VI’s Heir

On 21st June 1553, letters patent were issued changing Edward VI’s heir from his half-sister Mary to Lady Jane Grey, the eldest daughter of Edward’s cousin Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk. The following is taken from The chronicle of Queen Jane, and of two years of Queen Mary, and especially of the rebellion of Sir […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

| June 19, 2014

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

On 19 June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their crime was refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church after his marriage to Anne Boleyn and subsequent break with Rome. Between May […]

10 June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, at Westminster

| June 10, 2014

10 June 1540 – The Arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, at Westminster

At 3pm on 10th June 1540, the Captain of the Guard strode into the council chamber at Westminster, interrupting a meeting of the Privy Council, and announced that he had a royal warrant for the arrest of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, on a charge of treason. Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador, described the […]

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

| June 7, 2014

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

The 7th June 1520, was the first day of the historic meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France between the English stronghold of Guînes and the French town of Ardres, on a piece of land referred to as the Field of Cloth of Gold. It was to last until 24th June. Henry VIII […]

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2014

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

On 1st June 1533, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey. She was crowned by Archbishop Cranmer with the crown of St Edward, which had previously only been used for crowning the reigning monarch. You can read all about the coronation ceremony and banquet in my article Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation. You […]