6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

| March 6, 2017

6 March 1536 – The Dissolution of the Monasteries

In February 1536, a parliament which has become known as “The Reformation Parliament” was recalled and met until it was dismissed on 14th April 1536. It had first sat in October 1529 and is referred to as the Reformation Parliament because it was responsible for passing the legislation which led to the break with Rome […]

29 January 1536 – A sad day

| January 29, 2017

On the day of the burial of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, at Peterborough Abbey, Queen Anne Boleyn miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months” at Greenwich Palace. It is an event which has become surrounded by myths, with some claiming that Anne Boleyn miscarried a monstrous baby […]

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII and his horse fall heavily

| January 24, 2017

24 January 1536 – Henry VIII and his horse fall heavily

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, King Henry VIII and his horse “both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed”. It is not known exactly what happened or how serious the accident was, but it put an end to Henry’s […]

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

| June 15, 2016

15 June 1536 – Mary receives a disturbing visit

Following the execution of her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, in May 1536, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, the Lady Mary, was in hope of a reconciliation with her father. She had been estranged from her father due to her refusal to acknowledge the annulment of her parents’ marriage and to recognise her father’s marriage to Anne, her […]

8 June 1536 – Mary appeals to her father, Henry VIII

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – Mary appeals to her father, Henry VIII

On 26th May 1536, a week after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary, had written to Thomas Cromwell, asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf and for permission to write to the king. On 8th June 1536, Mary then wrote to her father. Letters and Papers has a record of […]

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

| June 8, 2016

8 June 1536 – The Second Act of Succession

On this day in history, 8th June 1536, the sixth Parliament of the reign of Henry VIII met. It went on to pass the second Act of Succession removing Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from the line of succession and declaring them bastards. Mary had already been declared illegitimate in the First Act of […]

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

| June 7, 2016

7 June 1536 – A water pageant for the new queen

On 7th June 1536, just over a week since Jane Seymour’s marriage to King Henry VIII and three days after she had been officially proclaimed queen, a water pageant took place on the River Thames from Greenwich to Westminster in her honour. Chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations: “Also, the 7th day of June, being […]