15 October 1537 – Edward VI’s christening at Hampton Court Palace

| October 15, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 15th October 1537, three-day-old Prince Edward (the future King Edward VI), son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Queen Jane Seymour, was christened in a lavish ceremony in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. In today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, I share a […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]

8 August 1553 – Edward VI’s funeral

| August 8, 2018

On this day in history, 8th August 1553, fifteen-year-old King Edward VI was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey. The boy-king was buried in a white marble vault beneath the altar of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel and his grave was left unmarked until a memorial stone was placed in front of the altar in 1966. […]

28 January 1547 – Henry VIII dies and Edward VI becomes king

| January 28, 2018

The king is dead! Long live the king! Yes, on this day in history, Friday 28th January 1547, that iconic Tudor monarch, King Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace at the age of fifty-five. He was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Henry VIII’s death was kept secret until 31st […]

12 October 1537 – A prince for Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

| October 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, an exhausted Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a little boy in her chamber at Hampton Court Palace. He was born at around two o’clock in the morning. Chronicler Edward Hall […]

60 second history – Edward VI

| March 17, 2017

I had fun today trying to record my latest 60-second history video. Who knew that it could take 10 ‘takes’ to film something that lasts 60 seconds? Well, it doesn’t normally, but today I had cats jumping in front of the camera, dogs scratching or barking, doors banging… I thought I’d never get it done! […]

Lady Jane Grey and Queen Mary I – who was the usurper?

| February 20, 2017

With it having been the anniversary of the birth of Queen Mary I on 18th February, there have been lots of discussions on blogs and social media regarding Mary, her reign and also her accession. Mary I became queen on 19th July 1553 after she successfully deposed her first cousin once removed, Lady Jane Grey, […]

20 February – A christening and a coronation

| February 20, 2017

Two important Tudor “on this day in history” events took place on 20th February. On 20th February 1516, two-day-old Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was baptised at the Church of the Observant Friars, Greenwich. On 20th February 1516, two-day-old Princess Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of […]