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Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

Posted By on June 27, 2019

King Henry VIII has gone down in history as the king who had six wives and who executed two of them, as well as having three of his marriages annulled. He had quite the marital history!

But did you know that Henry was just thirteen when he broke one of his wives’ hearts for the first time, and he broke up with her on the eve of their scheduled wedding. Bad form, Henry, bad form!

Yes, on this day in Tudor history, 27th June 1505, Henry, Prince of Wales, the only surviving son of King Henry VII, broke up with nineteen-year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile. The couple had been betrothed for two years by this point, but Henry renounced this betrothal.

You can find out more about this, why Henry did this to his fiancée, and how they ended up getting married in 1509, by watching my video:

If you prefer audio to video, then you can listen to my podcast at https://tudorhistory.podbean.com/

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Happy St John the Baptist Day!

Posted By on June 24, 2019

Today is the feast day of St John the Baptist, an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer, and a day that is still important in some Catholic countries.

Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations.

In today’s extra “on this day in Tudor history” talk, I explain how this feast day was marked in the Tudor period, and also talk about how it is still celebrated today in my local area. It’s a lot of fun!

Book recommendations: “The English Year” by Steve Roud; “The Stations of the Sun” by Ronald Hutton; “Tudor Feast Days” e-book by the Tudor Society.

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