New Henry VIII book – Pustules, Pestilence and Pain

| December 15, 2017

New Henry VIII book – Pustules, Pestilence and Pain

Congratulations to my fellow MadeGlobal author Seamus O’Caellaigh on the release of his book Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII. It is out now as a kindle book and a full-colour paperback, and is perfect for anyone interested in Henry VIII’s health problems and Tudor remedies. Here’s the blurb: Henry […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

| October 27, 2017

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

On this day in history, Sunday 27th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, the Kings of England and France, dined together at a special “great banquet” in Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall records that “The French kyng was serued iii. courses, & his meat dressed after the French fashion, & the kyng of England had […]

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

| October 25, 2017

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

On this day in history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII arrived back in the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. Francis I, King of France, travelled back with him. The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys and Bulleyn says this of their journey and arrival: “And on […]

5 October 1518 – Betrothal of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, and the Dauphin of France

| October 5, 2017

5 October 1518 – Betrothal of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, and the Dauphin of France

On 2nd October 1518, the Treaty of London, Cardinal Wolsey’s treaty of “Universal” peace, was signed by France and England. Tournai, which had been conquered by Henry VIII in 1513, was to be restored to France and a marriage was arranged between Henry VIII’s two-year-old daughter, Mary (the future Mary I), and François, the Dauphin […]

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

| October 2, 2017

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

On 2nd October 1528 English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his most influential book, The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. This book features in a story about Anne Boleyn, which is told by both George Wyatt, grandson of Thomas Wyatt the Poet, and the 17th century […]

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

| September 10, 2017

10 September 1533 – Elizabeth I is baptised

On this day in history, 10th September 1533, the three-day-old daughter of King Henry VIII and his second wife, was baptised in a lavish ceremony at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. She was baptised “Elizabeth” and would grow up to be Queen Elizabeth I. Her godparents were Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Centerbury; Agnes […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress

| August 14, 2017

On this day in history, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn arrived at Thornbury Castle as part of their royal progress. Here is an extract from my book, Tudor Places of Great Britain, about the castle: “Thornbury Castle, a Tudor Castle set on the edge of the Cotswolds, dates back to 1510 when Edward Stafford, 3rd […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries for a sixth and final time

| July 12, 2017

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII took Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, as his sixth and final wife. The wedding took place in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, which can still be visited today, and was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was […]