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 […]

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell

| December 14, 2015

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell

Kyra Kramer is touring the blogosphere this week with some excellent articles on Henry VIII’s health to celebrate the release of her latest book Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell. Henry’s health, and the various myths and questions that surround it, is a fascinating subject so do make sure you join her on this tour. […]

New Children’s History Books

| November 24, 2015

New Children’s History Books

Congratulations to historian Amy Licence and author and illustrator Alan Wybrow on the releases of their new children’s books. Alan Wybrow’s new fiction series for children, Tudor Tales,is aimed at Key Stage 1 children (Kindergarten to 1st Grade, age 5+) and the first in the series, Tudor Tales: William at Hampton Court, introduces the fictional […]

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell – New book out today!

| November 5, 2015

Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell – New book out today!

Congratulations to my good friend Kyra Kramer, who many of you will know from her book Blood Will Tell: A medical explanation for the tyranny of Henry VIII, on the release of her latest book Henry VIII’s Health in a Nutshell. I will definitely be reading this! Here’s the blurb… MadeGlobal’s History in a Nutshell […]

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

| June 30, 2015

Jousting: A Dangerous Sport

If you follow The Anne Boleyn Files Facebook page or you have my On This Day in Tudor History book you will know that today is the anniversary of a horrible jousting accident in 1559. On 30th June 1559, Henry II of France suffered a mortal head wound while jousting at the Place Royale at […]