Posted By Claire on December 13, 2017
Thank you to author Danielle Marchant for visiting us today and sharing this article as part of the celebrations for the release of her latest historical novel, The Treacheries of Fortune, the third book in her “The Lady Rochford Saga”.
The 1st June 1533 not only saw Anne Boleyn’s triumph, her coronation; it was also a triumph for the Parker family, particularly for Jane Boleyn and her brother, Henry Parker.
On the 30th or 31st May, Jane’s brother, Henry Parker, was made a Knight of the Bath. Creating Kings of the Bath had been a coronation ritual for over two hundred years, and Henry was following in the footsteps of his and Jane’s father, Henry Parker, Lord Morley, who had become a Knight of the Bath when Henry VIII was crowned in 1509. Now for his son, becoming a Knight involved a series of rituals.
First Henry would have served the King water, or a dish from the first course at dinner, “in token that they shall never bear none after that day”. He was then taken to the White Tower along with seventeen other young men. They would have had individual baths, with pieces of soap wrapped in clean white linen cloths prepared for them. Their hair would have been cut and their beards shaved, then permission was asked from the King to proceed with the bath itself. The men were then lowered into their baths where they would take the oath of Knighthood.
Posted By Claire 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.
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).
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’s the 1st December and that means that it’s time for our annual Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar [applause, party poppers, shouts of joy, gun salutes…]! Yay! Each day, you will be able to open a new door on the advent calendar which you can access by either clicking on the header of this website, […]
On 1st December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a member of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were tried for high treason at Guildhall, London. They had both been linked romantically with the queen. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded that “after a long discussion lasting six hours” the two […]
On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested at his home, Cawood Castle, at the beginning of the month and was on his way to London to answer charges of treason. […]
As most of you probably know, I divide my time between running the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society, plus researching and writing, family life, watching Game of Thrones… busy, busy! And one of my true joys in life is the Tudor Society because it’s become a real community of Tudor history lovers and Tudor […]
On 28th November 1489, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to the couple’s second child and eldest daughter at Westminster Palace. The couple named her Margaret after her paternal grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and she was baptised at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on 30th November. Margaret spent her childhood at […]