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).
Posted By Claire 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!
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 […]
On this day in history, 26th November 1533, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset and the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, married Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, at Hampton Court Palace. They were both fourteen years of age. The wedding appears to have been rather low-key, so much […]