Henry VIII’s constipation – guest post by Seamus O’Caellaigh

| March 26, 2018

Henry VIII’s constipation – guest post by Seamus O’Caellaigh

A big welcome to Seamus O’Caellaigh who visits us today as part of the book tour for his wonderful new book Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII. Here is an article based on an extract from his book about a complaint that Henry VIII suffered in 1539 and how it […]

7 February 1526 – A sign that the king has fallen for Anne Boleyn?

| February 7, 2018

The 7th February 1526 was the day of the annual Shrovetide joust. It took place at Greenwich and that year’s theme was unrequited love. King Henry VIII’s team of knights were apparelled in cloth of gold and silver richly embroidered with a man’s heart in a press, surrounded by flames and bearing the motto Declare […]

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

| February 1, 2018

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 1st February 1514, Candlemas Eve, King Henry VIII granted the dukedom of Suffolk to Charles Brandon, his future brother-in-law and close friend. He also granted the dukedom of Norfolk to Thomas Howard (Earl of Surrey and son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk) and Thomas’s son, who was also […]

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 […]

25 January 1533 – The wedding of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| January 25, 2018

On this day in history, the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, King Henry VIII finally married the woman whom he had been courting for the last six years, Anne Boleyn. The marriage took place early in the morning of 25th January 1533 at Whitehall Palace, formerly York Place and the property that the […]

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

| January 24, 2018

24 January 1536 – To be unconscious or not to be unconscious? That is the question

On this day in history, 24th January 1536, the forty-four-year-old King Henry VIII suffered an accident while jousting at Greenwich Palace. It was an accident that is hotly debated today, nearly 500 years after it happened, with some historians seeing it as a real turning point in Henry VIII’s reign and a cause of his […]

8 January 1536 – Henry VIII celebrates the news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

| January 8, 2018

On 7th January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had defied the king by refusing to accept the annulment of their marriage and her new title of Dowager Princess of Wales. She had actively fought against the annulment proceedings and had […]

5 January 1531 – You shall not remarry!

| January 5, 2018

OK, so it wasn’t Gandalf that said this, it was actually the pope – sorry! Yes, on this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII telling him that he could not remarry while the case for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was still on-going. If […]