17 November 1558 – The Accession of Queen Elizabeth I

| November 17, 2014

17 November 1558 – The Accession of Queen Elizabeth I

On 17th November 1558, following the death of Queen Mary I early that morning, Mary’s 25 year-old half sister Elizabeth was proclaimed queen at around noon at Whitehall by by the Houses of Lords and Commons who had been in session that morning. Sir Nicholas Throckmorton was dispatched to Hatfield to give Elizabeth the news […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

Remember Remember the 5th of November!

| November 5, 2014

Remember Remember the 5th of November!

Remember, remember the Fifth of November, The Gunpowder Treason and Plot, I know of no reason Why the Gunpowder Treason Should ever be forgot. Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent To blow up the King and Parli’ment. Three-score barrels of powder below To prove old England’s overthrow; By God’s providence he was catch’d With […]

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

| November 2, 2014

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

On 2nd November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace detailing Catherine Howard’s colourful past, and how she had “lived most corruptly and sensually”. Cranmer had been persuaded by Chancellor Audley and the Earl of Hertford to relate the story told by Mary […]

30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

| October 30, 2014

30 October 1485 – Coronation of Henry VII

On this day in 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. The Tudor chronicler, Raphael Holinshed, recorded: “…with great pompe he rowed unto Westminster, & there the thirtith daie of October he was with all ceremonies accustomed, anointed, & crowned king, by the whole assent […]

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

| October 29, 2014

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

On 29th October 1532, according to Wynkyn de Word, Henry VIII accompanied Francis I to Morgison, situated seven miles outside of Calais, and bid farewell to him there. Francis I then carried on to Paris: “And vpon the. xxix. daye of October the frensshe kynge departed fro Caleys to Parys ward and our kynge brought […]

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

| October 28, 2014

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

Monday 28th October 1532 was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The Maner of the Tryumphe of Cales and Bulleyn, which was printed in 1533 by Wykyn de Worde, gives us details of what happened that day: “And vpon monday whiche was the. xxix. day […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

| October 27, 2014

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

On 27 October 1532 Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke and Henry’s consort in all but name, made a dramatic entrance at the banquet held by Henry VIII in Francis I’s honour at Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall describes Anne’s entrance: “After supper came in the Marchiones of Penbroke, with. vii. ladies in Maskyng apparel, of straunge […]