September 28 – Elizabeth accompanies Mary I to the Tower of London

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On this day in Tudor history, 28th September 1553, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Elizabeth, the nineteen-year-old daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, accompanied her thirty-seven-year-old half-sister, Mary I, to the Tower of London.

The sisters travelled in a decorated barge, and they were going to the Tower to prepare for Mary’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st October 1553…

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September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

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On this day in Tudor history, 27th September 1501, in the reign of King Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set sail from Laredo in Spain.

Catherine was headed for England to marry Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son and heir of King Henry VII. The marriage was one of the terms of the Treaty of Medina del Campo.

This was Catherine’s second attempt at sailing to England, but this time she was successful.

Find out more about Catherine’s journey, along with what happened when she first set sail in August 1501…

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September 26 – Sir Amias Paulet, gaoler of Mary, Queen of Scots

September 26 – Sir Amias Paulet, gaoler of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 26th September 1588, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, administrator, diplomat and Governor of Jersey, Sir Amias (Amyas) Paulet died. He was buried in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. Sir Amias Paulet was also one of Mary, Queen of Scots’ gaolers. While he was in that position, Queen Elizabeth wanted […]

September 25 – A poisoned pope?

September 25 – A poisoned pope?

On this day in Tudor history, 25th September 1534, in the reign of Henry VIII, Pope Clement VII died in Rome. It was rumoured that the pope, born Giulio di Giuliano de’ Medici, died from eating death cap mushrooms or from fumes from poisoned candles placed in his room, but it is more likely that […]

September 24 – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales is christened

September 24 – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales is christened

On this day in Tudor history, 24th September 1486, in a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was christened. In this video, I share details from Lady Margaret Beaufort’s “Ordinances” regarding her grandson’s christening. Margaret had carefully choreographed the birth of a […]

September 23 – William Averell and his star-crossed lovers

September 23 – William Averell and his star-crossed lovers

On this day in history, 23rd September 1605, in the reign of King James I, Tudor pamphleteer William Averell was buried at St Peter upon Cornhill. Averell’s first work was about two Welsh star-crossed lovers, Charles and Julia, and he also wrote a Protestant work about it raining wheat in Suffolk and Essex, an event […]

September 22 – The traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves

September 22 – The traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves

This day in Tudor history, 22nd September 1515, is the traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves (Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg), Henry VIII’s fourth wife. Anne of Cleves was, of course, only married to the king for six months, but she outlived him and his other wives, and went on to live a good life in England. […]

September 21 – Robert Dudley marries Lettice Knollys in secret

September 21 – Robert Dudley marries Lettice Knollys in secret

On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 21st September 1578, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the queen’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, married Lettice Devereux (née Knollys), daughter of Lady Catherine Knollys (née Carey), the queen’s cousin. The couple married in secret at Leicester’s house. So secret was the marriage that the […]