October 24 – Queen Jane Seymour dies at Hampton Court Palace

| October 24, 2022

October 24 – Queen Jane Seymour dies at Hampton Court Palace

On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1537, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s third wife, Jane Seymour, died at Hampton Court Palace. Jane Seymour died twelve days after giving birth to a son, the future King Edward VI. In the video and transcript below, I share contemporary accounts of Jane […]

October 15 – The christening of Edward VI

| October 15, 2022

October 15 – The christening of Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 15th October 1537, King Henry VIII’s newborn son and heir, Prince Edward (the future King Edward VI), was christened in a lavish ceremony in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. He was three days old. In the video and transcript below, I share details of Edward VI’s christening, […]

October 13 – Edward Seymour loses his position as Lord Protector

| October 13, 2022

October 13 – Edward Seymour loses his position as Lord Protector

This day in Tudor history, 13th October 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, was the beginning of the end for the king’s uncle, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset. On this day in 1549, Edward VI’s council abolished both Seymour’s protectorate and his membership of the council. Social unrest in England and tension between […]

October 12 – The birth of King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII

| October 12, 2022

October 12 – The birth of King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 12th October 1537, on the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, King Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace. Edward VI was the son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. London celebrated the birth of England’s new prince, but, of course, […]

September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

| September 11, 2022

September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 11th September 1581, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Barnaby Fitzpatrick, 2nd Baron of Upper Ossory, died in Dublin, at the home of surgeon, William Kelly. Fitzpatrick had been a close friend of Edward VI in his youth and had been educated with him. Historians once believed him […]

August 28 – A defiant Mary

| August 28, 2022

August 28 – A defiant Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 28th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, future Mary I, received a visit from a delegation of men. The men had been sent by the thirteen-year-old King Edward VI. Thirty-five-year-old Mary was being defiant and disobedient. She was ignoring Edward’s orders and […]

August 27 – Kett’s Rebellion is over

| August 27, 2022

August 27 – Kett’s Rebellion is over

On this day in Tudor history, 27th August 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Crown forces defeated the rebels of Kett’s Rebellion at the Battle of Dussindale, near Norwich, in East Anglia. It brought the rebellion to an end. Let me explain what happened on that day in 1549 and what happened to […]

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

| August 19, 2022

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 19th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, the future Mary I, wrote to the king regarding orders that he had sent, orders that she was not going to obey. As historian Henry Ellis noted, this letter is evidence of Mary’s talent at […]

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