10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

| February 10, 2016

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is moved from Syon to the Tower

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping her with Catherine’s treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

| January 21, 2016

21 January 1542 – Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford’s attainder

On 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months since Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against Catherine and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without […]

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 […]

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

| December 10, 2015

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

On 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Dereham suffered a full traitor’s death, being “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” while Culpeper’s sentence was commuted to beheading. Their heads were then set on pikes and displayed on […]

8 November 1541 – Catherine Howard is interrogated

| November 8, 2015

8 November 1541 – Catherine Howard is interrogated

On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was interrogated in her apartments at Hampton Court Palace by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer. You can read all about the interrogation, how Cranmer had to change tactics and what exactly Catherine confessed to, in my article from 2013 – click […]

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

| November 7, 2015

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

On 7th November 1541, Queen Catherine Howard received important visitors to her apartments at Hampton Court Palace, and they weren’t welcome ones. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, had been sent to interrogate the Queen and to arrange that she should be confined to her chambers. Eustace Chapuys, the […]

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2015

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

Happy All Souls’ Day! Unfortunately, back in 1541 All Souls’ Day was not a happy day for Henry VIII and any thoughts or prayers he had for departed loved ones were soon forgotten when he attended All Souls’ mass and found a letter left for him in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace. […]

16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard enter York

| September 16, 2015

16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard enter York

On this day in history, 16th September 1541, King Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar. This was the final stop on their royal progress to the North, a progress which appears to have had two main aims: A meeting between Henry and his nephew, James […]