8 December – A death and a feast day

| December 8, 2016

On this day in history, 8th December 1538, Sir William Coffin, courtier and Master of the Horse to Queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour, died at Standon, in Hertfordshire. It is thought that he died of the plague because his wife Margaret wrote to Thomas Cromwell saying that Coffin had “died of the great sickness, […]

2 December 1546 – Henry Howard is in big trouble

| December 2, 2016

On this day in history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier, soldier and the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was arrested after Richard Southwell, his former friend, gave evidence against him. François van der Delft, the imperial ambassador, reported to Emperor Charles V on 14th December that […]

1 December 1541 – Dereham and Culpeper found guilty

| December 1, 2016

On this day in history, 1st December 1541, Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, and Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber, were tried for treason at Guildhall in London. Both men were found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley records: “This yeare, the fyrst daye of […]

30 November – Cross Ladies and a Golden Speech

| November 30, 2016

On this day in history, 30th November 1529, St Andrew’s Day, the two women in King Henry VIII’s life got rather cross with him. Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was still Henry’s wife at this time, confronted the king regarding his treatment of her, which she said was causing her “the pains of Purgatory on […]

29 November 1530 – The death of a cardinal and statesman

| November 29, 2016

On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, King Henry VIII’s former chief adviser, died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester. Wolsey had been on his way to London from Cawood Castle, his residence as Archbishop of York, when he was […]

13 November 1553 – The trial of an archbishop and a queen

| November 13, 2016

On this day in history, 13th November 1553, Lady Jane Grey (or Queen Jane as I think of her) was tried for treason in a public trial at Guildhall, London, along with her husband Guildford Dudley, his brothers Ambrose and Henry, and Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. They were all found guilty and condemned to death, the […]

12 November – A departure, interrogation, death and funeral procession

| November 12, 2016

12th November was a busy day in Tudor history and I’ve picked out four key events for you to read more about: At midnight on 12th/13th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais to head back to Dover. Chronicler Edward Hall writes: “On Tewesdaie at midnight he […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]