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14 November 1532 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2018

14 November 1532 – The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

This day in history, 14th November 1532, the Feast of St Erkenwald, might just have been Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s wedding day! Chronicler Edward Hall can usually be trusted and according to him “The king, after his return [from Calais] married privily the lady Anne Boleyn on Saint Erkenwald’s day, which marriage was kept […]

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

| October 26, 2018

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

On this day in history, 26th October 1536, the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army was only a fifth of the size, but the rebel leader, […]

When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

| August 16, 2018

When did Anne Boleyn say yes to Henry VIII?

I’ve just come back from a two week holiday travelling through Spain and France to the UK, and while I was in the UK I was lucky enough to attend David Starkey’s talk “Henry VIII: The First Brexiteer” at the Festival Theatre at Hever Castle. It was a wonderful talk, both entertaining and educational, and […]

28th June 1491 – The birth of Henry VIII, son of Henry VII

| June 28, 2018

28th June 1491 – The birth of Henry VIII, son of Henry VII

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of that Tudor icon, King Henry VIII, on 28th June 1491. He was born at Greenwich Palace as the second son and third child of King Henry VII, who had become king after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485, and his queen consort, […]

21 June 1529 – An incredible speech from Catherine of Aragon

| June 21, 2018

On 31st May 1529, a special legatine court had opened at Blackfriars, in London, to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The court was presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s viceregent, and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate. On 18th June 1529, the […]

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2018

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

In autumn 1528, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, was sent to England by Pope Clement VII to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the Pope’s viceregent. Campeggio managed to stall things for […]

15 June 1519 – The birth of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

| June 15, 2018

This date in history, 15th June 1519, is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry VIII’s recognised illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Fitzroy was born at the Priory of St Lawrence, in Blackmore, Essex. His mother, Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, had been sent away from court to the prior’s house […]

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 […]