16 August 1513 – The Battle of the Spurs

| August 16, 2016

16 August 1513 – The Battle of the Spurs

On Tuesday 16th August 1513, the Battle of the Spurs, if it can be called a battle, took place at Guinegate (Enguinegatte) in France. England was allied with the Empire at this point, so the battle was to be between the Holy League (the joint forces of Henry VIII and Emperor Maximilian I) and Francis […]

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

| June 28, 2016

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

On this day in history, 28th June 1491, King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace. To celebrate his 525th birthday, I’m sharing an extract from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England on Henry VIII… Henry VIII (1491-1547) Rule: 1509-1547 Marriages: Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed for alleged treason), Jane Seymour […]

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

15 March 1532 – Henry VIII uses foul language to his archbishop

| March 15, 2016

15 March 1532 – Henry VIII uses foul language to his archbishop

Breaking news! Yes, on this day in history, 15th March 1532, King Henry VIII used “foul language” to William Warham, Archbishop of Canturbury, after the archbishop criticised the king in the House of Lords when Parliament was discussing the proposed annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Carlo Capello, the Venetian ambassador, recorded […]

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall […]

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Last Words to Parliament

| December 24, 2015

24 December 1545 – Henry VIII’s Last Words to Parliament

On 24th December 1545, just over a year and a month before his death, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes it as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally […]

Henry VIII’s weight and health, plus giveaway

| December 18, 2015

Henry VIII’s weight and health, plus giveaway

Today, Kyra Kramer, author of the wonderful book Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell, is over at our sister site The Tudor Society with a guest article called Henry VIII: Fit, Fact, Fiction in which she discusses Henry’s reputation for being fat and the idea that he had type II diabetes. It’s a very interesting […]

17 December 1538 – The Pope excommunicates Henry VIII

| December 17, 2015

17 December 1538 – The Pope excommunicates Henry VIII

On 17th December 1538, Pope Paul III announced the excommunication of King Henry VIII. Pope Clement VII had threatened the king with excommunication in March 1530 after he had found out from Catherine of Aragon that Henry had boasted that he would take a second wife “notwithstanding the inhibition and mandate against him”.1 Then, in […]