September 22 – The traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves

| September 22, 2022

September 22 – The traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves

This day in Tudor history, 22nd September 1515, is the traditional birthdate of Anne of Cleves (Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg), Henry VIII’s fourth wife. Anne of Cleves was, of course, only married to the king for six months, but she outlived him and his other wives, and went on to live a good life in England. […]

September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

| September 16, 2022

September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1541, as part of their progress to the North, King Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, entered the city of York. This progress had been planned to show the king’s authority to the North, and to give the people an opportunity to show their loyalty […]

September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

| September 9, 2022

September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

On this day in Tudor history, 9th September 1513, during the reign of King Henry VIII and regency of Queen Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden took place. Henry VIII, who was busy campaigning in France, had appointed his wife, Catherine of Aragon, as regent while he was away. During her short regency, English […]

September 5 – Catherine Parr, dowager queen, dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2022

September 5 – Catherine Parr, dowager queen, dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in Tudor history, 5th September 1548, in the reign of King Edward VI, Catherine Parr, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and widow of King Henry VIII, died at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Catherine had given birth to a daughter, Mary, six days earlier, and is thought to have died […]

September 4 – Anne of Cleves is promised in marriage to Henry VIII

| September 4, 2022

September 4 – Anne of Cleves is promised in marriage to Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 4th September 1539, in the reign of King Henry VIII, William, Duke of Cleves, signed the marriage treaty promising his sister, Anne of Cleves, in marriage to the English king. Henry VIII married Anne of Cleves on 6th January 1540, making her his fourth wife. Find out all about […]

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

| August 30, 2022

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 30th August 1548, in the reign of King Edward VI, the dowager queen, Catherine Parr, sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth at Sudeley Castle. The father of her baby was her husband, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley. The healthy baby girl was named […]

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

| July 31, 2022

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

On this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1544 and 1548, in the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, the future Queen Elizabeth I wrote letters to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. The letters were written at very different times in Elizabeth’s life. In 1544, Catherine was married to Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth […]

July 28 – Henry VIII gets married while his master secretary is executed

| July 28, 2022

July 28 – Henry VIII gets married while his master secretary is executed

On this day in Tudor history 28th July 1540, King Henry VIII married for a fifth time. He married his fourth wife’s maid of honour, the young Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. While the king was getting married, his former chief advisor, Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell was being executed for corruption, heresy and treason. Find […]