26 October – Rain stops rebels going to battleand and Sir Thomas More is sworn in as Lord Chancellor

Posted By on October 26, 2021

On this day in Tudor history, 26th October 1536, the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met crown troops. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and the crown’s army was only a fifth of the size, but the rebel leader, lawyer Robert Aske, chose to negotiate rather than fight.

Why, when they could well have won?

Well, one Tudor chronicler puts it down to rain. You can find out more about this meeting, how rain put a stop to the rebels’ plans, and what happened next between the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels and Henry VIII, in this video…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 26th October 1529, Sir Thomas More took his oath as Lord Chancellor, replacing Cardinal Thomas Wolsey who was charged with praemunire.

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25 October – Twin saints and Francis I’s gift to Anne Boleyn

Posted By on October 25, 2021

Today, 25th October, is a feast day which was celebrated in medieval and Tudor times – the feast of Saints Crispin and Crispinian, martyrs of the Early Church and the patron saints of cobblers.

Find out more about these saints, how their feast day became linked to an important English victory over the French, how it was marked, and why these saints are linked to Faversham in Kent, in this talk…


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24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1590, John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returned to England after failing to find the lost colonists, which included his daughter, Ellinor (Elenora), his son-in-law, Ananias Dare, and his granddaughter, Virginia Dare. But what happened to these colonists and what did the word CROATOAN carved […]

23 October – The Dissolution of the Monasteries and John Hopkins’ burial

23 October – The Dissolution of the Monasteries and John Hopkins’ burial

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd October 1538, Thomas Goldwell, Prior of Christchurch, Canterbury, wrote to Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief advisor, regarding the forthcoming dissolution of his monastery and its fate. It’s quite a sad, grovelling letter, and even more sad when you know the full impact of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the […]

22 October – Examination of accusations against Henry VIII and the death of Baron Morley

22 October – Examination of accusations against Henry VIII and the death of Baron Morley

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd October 1537, an examination, or rather interrogation, was carried out regarding an accusation of treasonous words spoken against King Henry VIII. Further investigations into the matter found that there was no evidence that these words were spoken, and that someone was trying to get another person into trouble. […]

21 October – Lancaster Herald’s encounter with rebels and Henry VIII’s time at the French court.

21 October – Lancaster Herald’s encounter with rebels and Henry VIII’s time at the French court.

On this day in Tudor history, 21st October 1536, during the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, Lancaster Herald had an encounter with armed peasants on his way to Pontefract Castle and then met with the rebel leader, Robert Aske, at the castle. The meeting didn’t go well, with Aske putting his foot down and not allowing […]

20 October – Mary Arundell’s death and Pontefract Castle’s surrender to rebels

20 October – Mary Arundell’s death and Pontefract Castle’s surrender to rebels

On this day in Tudor history, 20th October 1557, or possibly 21st, courtier Mary Arundell died at Bath Place in London. Mary is an interesting Tudor lady. Not only did she serve at least two of Henry VIII’s wives, but she was a countess twice over, having been married to both the Earls of Sussex […]

A Tudor Dinner Party – Who would you invite?

A Tudor Dinner Party – Who would you invite?

We all have our favourite Tudor people, don’t we? People we’d love to go back in time and meet or find out more about. In this talk, I share which top 5 Tudor people I’d host a dinner party for, and explain why. But which 5 Tudors would you want at your dream dinner party? […]

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