10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

Posted By on December 10, 2017

On this day in history, 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn.

Both had been found guilty of high treason for their relationships with the queen at their trial on 1st December 1541 and had been sentenced to a full traitor’s death, i.e. being hanged, drawn and quartered. Culpeper was ‘lucky’ in that his sentence was commuted to beheading, but Dereham was “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” , a truly horrific death.

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Picture: Stone marking the site of the Tyburn Tree, i.e. the gallows, on the traffic island at the junction of Edgware Road, Bayswater Road and Oxford Street (Wikipedia).

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Advent Treats from the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society

Posted By on December 6, 2017

You may be wondering why there aren’t any new articles going on the Anne Boleyn Files at the moment. Well, there actually are, it’s just that they’re all going on the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar page.

Each day, there is a new Tudor treat for you to enjoy and I do hope you’re enjoying it. We have some wonderful authors, historians and artists involved.

To access the Advent Calendar, you can either click on the header at the top of this page or go to www.theanneboleynfiles.com/advent2017/. Remember to check back every day!

Another thing I’m involved in is the Tudor Society ‘virtual’ Advent calendar on Facebook. Every day, until Christmas, I am talking live using ‘Facebook Live’ on the Tudor Society Facebook page. I’m sharing all kinds of Tudor treats that way – on this day in history events, Tudor trivia, talks on Tudor life, book recommendations… you name it! If you’d like to see those then you can go and ‘like’ and ‘follow’ the Tudor Society Facebook page – click here.

Thank you for all the lovely comments I’ve received about the two advent calendars. I love organising it all, it’s fun, although going live on Facebook is a little scary!

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