19 January 1547 – Henry Howard is beheaded

Posted By on January 19, 2016

Tomb of Henry Howard at Framlingham

Tomb of Henry Howard at Framlingham

On 19th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, the famous Tudor poet, courtier and soldier, was executed. This son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, was beheaded on Tower Hill and his remains laid to rest at All Hallows-by-the-Tower (All Hallows Barking). His remains were moved by his son, Henry, Earl of Northampton, in 1614 to their present resting place in a tomb in the family church, St Michael’s at Framlingham. Above is a photograph of his tomb, isn’t it beautiful?

You can read all about Surrey’s fall in my previous article 19 January 1547 – Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.

Trivia: Surrey is best known for his poetry and is referred to as the “Father of the English Sonnet”.

If you want to know more about Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, I can recommend the following two books:

2 thoughts on “19 January 1547 – Henry Howard is beheaded”

  1. Leigh Anne says:

    This is something I have wondered about for quite some time; I’m not sure if it has been addressed previously, but I thought I’d go ahead and ask now…

    Why was Henry Howard buried in a proper tomb, and not at St. Peter ad Vincula like the other members of his family who were also executed? I’ve always thought it was because he was a Howard, but it finally clicked in my head that that doesn’t explain his cousin, Queen Catherine. So, I’m a little confused. I would be very grateful if someone could shed some light on this for me!

  2. Coll says:

    Love this site, just found it

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