28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

| April 28, 2016

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

On 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day and that Thomas Cromwell had been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an expert on canon law, for the past four days “continually”. Just what was going on at Henry VIII’s court? Read more…

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

| July 11, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

Day 6 of the book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell sees author Beth von Staats sharing a guest article on the relationship between Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell over at Nerdalicious.com. Click here to head over to Nerdalicious now to read Beth’s excellent article and also to enter today’s giveaway – good luck! […]

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

| June 10, 2015

10 June 1540 – Thomas Cromwell is arrested

On this day in history, at 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, 1st Earl of Essex. Lord Great Chamberlain and Lord Privy Seal, was arrested during a meeting of the Privy Council at Westminster. In a letter to Anne, duc de Montmorency, Charles de Marillac, the French ambassador wrote of Cromwell’s arrest: “To commence […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

| May 22, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Richard Cromwell

In today’s post, Teri Fitzgerald continues her examination of the family of Thomas Cromwell, the protagonist of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, by looking at Cromwell’s nephew Richard Cromwell. Thank you to Teri for a wonderful series of articles, I know I’m enjoying them. Richard Williams alias Cromwell, was born around […]

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

| May 11, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall – The Cromwell Family in Wolf Hall: Gregory Cromwell

Our ‘Real Wolf Hall’ series of articles continues today with a wonderful article by Teri Fitzgerald on Gregory Cromwell, son of Thomas Cromwell. Make sure you read Teri’s article on Cromwell’s family from last week too – click here. Gregory Cromwell (played by Tom Holland in Wolf Hall), was born to Thomas Cromwell, a successful […]

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

| April 27, 2015

27 April 1536 – The King might leave the said concubine

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on 27th April 1536 John Stokesley, Bishop of London, was consulted for advice regarding whether the King could set aside his marriage to Anne Boleyn. Chapuys wrote to Charles V: “The brother of lord Montague told me yesterday at dinner that the day before the bishop of London […]

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

| April 20, 2015

The Real Wolf Hall: Who was Walter Cromwell?

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing articles on some of the real historical characters we meet in Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies, and the BBC adaptation of the books. Today, we kick off the series with an article by Olga Hughes of http://nerdalicious.com.au/. Olga looks at who Walter […]

April Tudor Life Magazine

| March 27, 2015

April Tudor Life Magazine

Just to let you know that the April edition of Tudor Life, the monthly magazine of the Tudor Society, is out now. You can view a ‘taster’ of it over on The Tudor Society website – click here – and this month’s feature articles include: Thomas Cromwell: Political schemer or party animal? By Tracy Borman […]