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 […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope puts his foot down with Henry VIII

| July 11, 2017

By 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII had really had enough of King Henry VIII’s behaviour. The king who had been awarded the title “Fidei Defensor” (Defender of the Faith) by Pope Leo X in 1521, for defending the Catholic Church against the works of Martin Luther, had not only abandoned his first wife without […]

9 July 1540 – Anne of Cleves is no longer queen

| July 9, 2017

On this day in history, 9th July 1540, convocation declared that Anne of Cleves’ marriage to King Henry VIII was null and void and that both parties were free to marry again. While the twenty-four-year-old Anne never did remarry, her forty-nine-year-old former husband wasted no time taking another wife, wife number five. On 28th July […]

23 June 1509 – The coronation procession of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

| June 23, 2017

23 June 1509 – The coronation procession of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

On this day in history, Saturday 23rd June, the eve of their joint coronation, King Henry VIII and his queen consort, Catherine of Aragon, processed through the streets of London, from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey. Chronicler Edward Hall gives the following account of the procession […]

60 second history – Catherine Howard

| June 22, 2017

60 second history – Catherine Howard

It’s the turn of Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, for my 60-second history treatment. 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 […]

21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon steals the show

| June 21, 2017

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars, London. The purpose of this court, which was presided over by Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio, was to listen to the testimonies of both the king and queen regarding the validity of […]

20 June 1540 – Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, is concerned

| June 20, 2017

On this day in history, 20th June 1540, Anne of Cleves, the woman who Henry VIII had married on 6th January 1540, confided in her advisor, Carl Harst, the Cleves ambassador. Anne was concerned about her husband’s interest in her maid of honour, young Catherine Howard, a cousin of Anne Boleyn. Her marriage was just […]

18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon reads out her appeal to the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2017

On this day in history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, made her first appearance at the special legatine court which had opened at Blackfriars, in London, on 31st May 1529 to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine. The king sent proxies to […]