11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

| October 11, 2019

11 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn accompanies Henry VIII to Calais

At just before dawn on this day in history, 11th October 1532, Anne Boleyn, the newly created Marquess of Pembroke, and her sweetheart, King Henry VIII, set sail from Dover in the king’s ship, The Swallow. They were headed for Calais, which was an English territory at the time. The purpose of their trip was […]

William Tyndale, Anne Boleyn and a book for “all Kings to read”

| October 2, 2019

William Tyndale, Anne Boleyn and a book for “all Kings to read”

I’m so sorry that I haven’t been around much recently, life has just got in the way! I just wanted to share with you my latest “On this day in Tudor history” video, which is based on an article I wrote on this very site a few years ago, because it is about a book […]

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

| June 28, 2019

28 June 1491 – Henry VIII is born

On this day in Tudor history, 28th June 1491, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to her third child and second son at the Palace of Placentia (Greenwich Palace). The little boy was baptised “Henry” at the Church of the Observant Friars, Greenwich, by Richard Foxe, Bishop of Exeter and […]

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

| June 27, 2019

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

King Henry VIII has gone down in history as the king who had six wives and who executed two of them, as well as having three of his marriages annulled. He had quite the marital history! But did you know that Henry was just thirteen when he broke one of his wives’ hearts for the […]

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer coronation for the new king and queen

| June 24, 2019

24 June 1509 – A Midsummer coronation for the new king and queen

On this day in Tudor history, 24 June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, England’s new king, seventeen-year-old Henry VIII, and his bride of thirteen days, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen by William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury, in a joint ceremony at Westminster Abbey in London. The […]

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

| June 23, 2019

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 23rd June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his first wife, twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey. The citizens of London must have been excited about seeing the new king and his bride, and […]

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

| June 12, 2019

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, King Henry VIII got criticised for “the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Who had the nerve to speak like this to King Henry VIII? His wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was at her wit’s end with her husband’s […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

| June 11, 2019

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry had come to the throne on 21st April 1509 following the death of his father, King Henry VII, and although he had previously repudiated […]