Henry VIII, Syphilis and Mistresses by Kyra Kramer

| June 28, 2014

Henry VIII, Syphilis and Mistresses by Kyra Kramer

Thank you so much to Kyra Kramer, author of Blood Will Tell: A Medical Explanation of the Tyranny of Henry VIII, for writing this guest article to celebrate the anniversary of Henry VIII’s birth, which happened on 28th June 1491. I’m sure Henry would appreciate her words. Over to Kyra… Today is Henry VIII’s 523 […]

Thomas Boleyn and Henry VIII – Two Fathers

| June 15, 2014

Thomas Boleyn and Henry VIII – Two Fathers

As it is Father’s Day in many countries around the world today, I wanted to share two articles from the archives and look at Thomas Boleyn, father of Anne Boleyn, and Henry VIII and his influence on his daughter Elizabeth I. I do hope you enjoy these articles. In Defence of Thomas Boleyn, Father of […]

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

| June 7, 2014

7 June 1520 – Henry VIII, Francis I and the Field of Cloth of Gold

The 7th June 1520, was the first day of the historic meeting between Henry VIII and Francis I of France between the English stronghold of Guînes and the French town of Ardres, on a piece of land referred to as the Field of Cloth of Gold. It was to last until 24th June. Henry VIII […]

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

| May 23, 2014

23 May 1533 – Archbishop Cranmer announces the sentence of the Dunstable Priory Trial

On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer announced the sentence of the special court that had met at Dunstable Priory, Bedfordshire, to examine Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. The trial had opened on 10th May 1533, following Convocation’s decision that the Pope did not […]

15 March 1532 Archbishop Warham angers Henry VIII

| March 15, 2014

15 March 1532 Archbishop Warham angers Henry VIII

According to Carlo Capello, the Venetian ambassador, on 15th March 1532 William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, criticised Henry VIII in the House of Lords when Parliament was discussing the proposed annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. In response, the King used “foul language to him, saying that were it not for his […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

| March 10, 2014

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

On this day in 1524, the thirty-two year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Tudor chronicler, Edward Hall, gives the following account of the accident: “The 10th day of March, the king having a new harness [armour] made […]

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

| March 7, 2014

7 March 1530 – The Pope Threatens Henry VIII with Excommunication

On 7th March 1530 Pope Clement VII issued a bull threatening Henry VIII with excommunication if he proceeded to marry again. The Pope had been informed by Queen Catherine of Aragon that her husband had “boasted” that he would take a second wife “notwithstanding the inhibition and mandate against him”, so the Pope was acting […]

Margaret Skipwith of Ormsby: Mistress of Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton

| February 25, 2014

Margaret Skipwith of Ormsby: Mistress of Henry VIII by Elizabeth Norton

Thank you so much to author and historian Elizabeth Norton for writing this guest post on Margaret Skipwith. Over to Elizabeth… Henry VIII’s love life was notoriously complicated although, unlike most of his royal contemporaries, he tended to marry women who would otherwise have been only his mistresses. The death of Jane Seymour in October […]