June 25 – Twelve-year-old Henry (future Henry VIII) gets betrothed to Catherine of Aragon

| June 25, 2022

June 25 – Twelve-year-old Henry (future Henry VIII) gets betrothed to Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 25th June 1503, in the reign of King Henry VII, the nearly twelve-year-old Henry, Prince of Wales, the future King Henry VIII, got betrothed to seventeen-year-old Catalina de Aragón (Catherine of Aragon). The betrothal took place at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. Henry was the […]

June 24 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned

| June 24, 2022

June 24 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned

On this day in Tudor history, 24th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his new bride, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen at a joint coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. It was Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, a perfect day for this young couple’s coronation. Let me […]

June 23 – A coronation procession for Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 23, 2022

June 23 – A coronation procession for Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd June 1509, twelve days after their marriage, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon processed through the streets of London dressed in their finery. This was their coronation procession. In this video, and transcript below, I share contemporary descriptions of the king and queen’s appearance and outfits, […]

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

| June 21, 2022

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

On this day in Tudor history, 21st June 1529, ten days after her 20th wedding anniversary, Queen Catherine of Aragon appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars and delivered an impassioned speech which stole the show. This court was hearing the case for the annulment of Catherine’s marriage to the king, and Catherine was going […]

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

| June 19, 2022

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

On this day in Tudor history, 19th June 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, three monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their names were Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore and they were executed for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as supreme […]

June 11 – 17-year-old Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon

| June 11, 2022

June 11 – 17-year-old Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon

On this in Tudor history, 11 June 1509, two months after his accession to the throne of England, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon (Catalina de Aragón) at a private ceremony at Greenwich. This was twenty-three-year-old Catherine’s second marriage. Her first husband, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, Henry VIII’s older brother, […]

June 6 – King Henry VIII and Emperor Charles V enjoy some pageantry together

| June 6, 2022

June 6 – King Henry VIII and Emperor Charles V enjoy some pageantry together

On this day in Tudor history, 6th June 1522, King Henry VIII made a grand entry into the city of London with his nephew, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The two powerful men entered London in style, enjoying 9 spectacular pageants, as well as music. Find out all about the pageantry involved in this day […]

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

| June 3, 2022

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1535, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s vicar-general, issued orders regarding the royal supremacy to the bishops of the kingdom. But what was the royal supremacy and what were the clergy expected to do? Let me explain… And on that very same day, King Henry VIII’s former Lord […]