On 15th June 1536, Henry VIII sent members of his council, led by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, to visit his daughter Mary at her home at Hunsdon. Their mission was to persuade her, or rather bully her, into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne.
Click here to read all about their visit and their threats.
Also on this day in history…
- 1519 – Date traditionally given for the birth of Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at the priory of St Lawrence in Blackmore, Essex. Fitzroy was the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII by his mistress, Elizabeth (Bessie Blount). Click here to read more about Fitzroy’s life.
- 1559 – Death of William Somer (Sommers), court fool to Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary I. Click here to read more about him.