30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

| June 30, 2014

30 June 1541 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard Set off on their Progress to the North

On this day in 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off on their royal progress to the North, aiming to return to Hampton Court Palace by “All Hallowtide”. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, […]

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

| January 21, 2014

21 January 1542 – The Bill of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Rochford

On 21st January 1542 a bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Lady Jane Rochford was introduced into the House of Lords. According to this bill, the women were guilty of treason and could be punished without there being any need for a trial. Retha Warnicke points out that although the bill was introduced into […]

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

| December 20, 2013

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

On this day in 1541, A “very sickly” Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the fall of her granddaughter, Queen Catherine Howard, begged Henry VIII for forgiveness. She also confessed to having another £800 hidden at Norfolk House. The poor woman must have been terrified, as […]

RIP Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper – 10 December 1541

| December 10, 2013

RIP Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper – 10 December 1541

Today marks the anniversary of the executions of Thomas Culpeper, Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, fifth wife of King Henry VIII. If you watched “The Tudors” series, you may be forgiven for believing that these men got their come-uppances, after all, Thomas Culpeper was a rapist and […]

Interrogatories to be ministered to the Duchess of Norfolk concerning her and the Queen

| December 4, 2013

Interrogatories to be ministered to the Duchess of Norfolk concerning her and the Queen

On 4th December 1541, Thomas Wriothesley and William Fitzwilliam, Earl of Southampton, wrote to Sir Ralph Sadler, Henry VIII’s principal secretary, regarding a visit they had made to Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and step-grandmother of Queen Catherine Howard. They reported that “she was not so sick as she made out, but able enough […]

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

| November 19, 2013

19 November 1541 – Chapuys Reports on the Catherine Howard Investigation

On 19th November 1541, Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, wrote to Emperor Charles V. His letter included what he’d heard about Queen Catherine Howard’s imprisonment: “The day before yesterday the admiral Fitz-William sent me word by one of my own secretaries, and yesterday the Lord Privy Seal confirmed the news, that this Queen had confessed […]

12 November 1541 – The Examination of Queen Catherine Howard

| November 12, 2013

12 November 1541 – The Examination of Queen Catherine Howard

On 12th November 1541, Queen Catherine Howard was examined by members of the King’s Council following Francis Dereham’s claim that Thomas Culpeper had replaced him in the Queen’s affections after her marriage to Henry VIII. Here is the record of the examination. I have copied it as it is written in the records but if […]

11 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard’s Move to Syon House

| November 11, 2013

11 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard’s Move to Syon House

On 11th November 1541 the King’s Council sent Archbishop Thomas Cranmer a letter giving him instructions to move Queen Catherine Howard from Hampton Court Palace to Syon House, formerly Syon Abbey: “First, the King’s pleasure is, that the Queen, with convenient diligence, remove to the house of Syon, there to remain, till the matter be […]