April 25 – A suddenly hopeful Henry VIII, publication day for Catherine Parr, St Mark’s Day, and a Tudor troublemaker

Posted By on April 25, 2022

On this day in 1536, King Henry VIII suddenly seemed very hopeful of a Prince of Wales to succeed him. Did he know something that everyone else didn’t?

Was Henry VIII hopeful that Queen Anne Boleyn could still give him a son, or had he, in his mind, moved onto his new flame, Jane Seymour?

Find out more about what Henry VIII said…

On this day in Tudor history, 25th April 1544, an English translation of John Fisher’s Latin work, “Psalms or Prayers”, was published. It had been translated by none other than Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife.

It was published anonymously, but there’s rather a lot of circumstantial evidence pointing towards Queen Catherine as the translator…

Today is also St Mark’s Day. Find out how the Tudors celebrated it…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th April 1557, Tudor troublemaker Thomas Stafford, grandson of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, proclaimed himself “Protector of the Realm”. It didn’t go down well! Find out what happened…

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