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 […]

2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

| March 2, 2019

2 March 1522 – A Shrovetide joust and unrequited love

On this day in history, 2nd March 1522, in Henry VIII’s reign, the annual Shrovetide joust took place. Chronicler Edward Hall gives a very detailed account of the knights’ costumes, trappings and the mottoes embroidered on them. King Henry VIII’s motto was “elle mon coeur a navera”, or “she has wounded my heart”. In my […]

Happy Valentine’s Day!

| February 14, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is filled with love and joy whatever you’re doing today. To celebrate the day of love, I thought I’d share some resources with you that are related to Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and their relationship, when it was happy! Henry VIII’s Love Letters to Anne Boleyn by […]

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

| February 7, 2019

7 February 1526 – Declare I dare not

On this day in Tudor history, 7th February 1526, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the annual Shrovetide joust took place at Greenwich Palace. The king jousted that day and he wore an interesting motto: “declare je n’ose”, or “declare I dare not”. What did this motto mean? Was the king in love? Was […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]