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12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

| December 12, 2014

12 December 1546 – To the Tower for the Howards

On 12th December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was led through the streets of London from Ely Place, where he had been held since the 2nd December, to the Tower of London. There, he was joined by his father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who was taken to the Tower by barge along […]

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

| December 12, 2013

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

On 12th December 1546, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his son, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were arrested and taken from Lord Chancellor Wriothesley’s house in Ely Place, Holborn, where they had been interrogated, to the Tower of London. Norfolk was taken to the Tower by barge but his son suffered the humiliation […]

Domestic Violence – A Tudor Example

| November 25, 2013

Domestic Violence – A Tudor Example

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day to raise awareness about violence against women. According to the UN Women website, domestic violence is still a huge problem in today’s world: “Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a […]

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

| June 15, 2012

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Bullies Mary

On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter, the Lady Mary, and bully her into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England and acknowledging that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne. Eustace Chapuys, […]

12th December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey Go to the Tower

| December 12, 2011

12th December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey Go to the Tower

On this day in history, 12th December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey was led through the streets of London from Ely Place, where he had been held since the 2nd December, to the Tower of London. There, he was joined by his father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, who was taken to the […]

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is Sentenced to Death!

| May 15, 2011

15 May 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn is Sentenced to Death!

Today, 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King’s Hall of the Tower of London in front of an estimated 2,000 spectators. A great platform1 had been erected in the hall so that everybody could see and the Lord High Steward, the Duke of Norfolk who was representing the King, sat on […]

15th May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

| May 15, 2010

15th May 1536 – The Trial of Anne Boleyn

On the 15th May 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn was tried in the King’s Hall in the Tower of London. The trial was to be a huge public spectacle, attracting, according to Chapuys, around 2,000 spectators, so Sir William Kingston had arranged for a “great scaffold”1 (platform) to be erected in the middle of the hall, […]