The Anne of Cleves cake

| September 7, 2017

The Anne of Cleves cake

Since Lucy Worsley’s series on Henry VIII’s six wives aired, I’ve been inundated with emails asking me if I know anything about the Anne of Cleves cake, or Anna von Kleve Torte, that Lucy enjoyed in Kleve which she said was baked in honour of Anne of Cleves. You can see a photo of Lucy […]

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2017

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, 5th September 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died early in the morning at Sudelely Castle. She’d given birth to her first child, a daughter named Mary, six days earlier, and it is thought that she died of […]

4 September 1539 – A marriage arranged for Anne of Cleves

| September 4, 2017

4 September 1539 – A marriage arranged for Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, 4th September 1539, Anne of Cleves’ brother, William, Duke of Cleves, signed a marriage treaty promising Anne in marriage to King Henry VIII. She was to be the king’s fourth wife. The treaty was then sent to the king in England and it was ratified and concluded by early October […]

60 second history – Catherine Parr

| August 31, 2017

60 second history – Catherine Parr

After a bit of a break, I’m back to recording my 60 second history videos. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this 60-second history series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need these videos, but I hope they act as introductions to […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr’s daughter is born

| August 30, 2017

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first and only child, a daughter, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The healthy baby girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, eldest daughter of King Henry VIII […]

4 August 1557 – The burial of Anne of Cleves

| August 4, 2017

4 August 1557 – The burial of Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, 4th August 1557, Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of King Henry VIII, was laid to rest at Westminster Abbey. She had died on 16th July 1557 at her home, Chelsea Manor. The requiem mass was led by the Lord Abbot of Westminster and the chief mourner at the funeral was […]

31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

| July 31, 2017

31 July 1544 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother

On this day in history, 31st July 1544, ten-year-old Elizabeth, daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, wrote a letter to her stepmother, Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife. It’s the earliest surviving letter written by the future Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Anne Everett Green, editor of Letters of […]

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 […]