27 May 1537 – Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy is celebrated

| May 27, 2017

On 27th May 1537, Trinity Sunday, there were celebrations in London following the news of the ‘quickening’ of Queen Jane’s baby. Jane Seymour had been married to King Henry VIII for just under a year and it was hoped that she was carrying Henry VIII’s longed-for son and heir. The first movement of the queen’s […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2017

I’ve written about this many times but it still gets to me every time! I still get very cross. On the day after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, his second wife, Henry VIII became betrothed to Jane Seymour, sister of Edward and Thomas Seymour. The dispensation for their marriage had even been issued on […]

18 May 1536 – A spooky event at Queen Catherine’s tomb

| May 18, 2017

According to a Frenchman writing to Thomas Cromwell, on the day before Queen Anne Boleyn was beheaded at the Tower of London “the wax tapers about Q. Catherine’s tomb had been lighted of their own accord”. He was referring to the tomb of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII, who had been buried […]

14 May 1536 – Jane Seymour moves closer to the king

| May 14, 2017

Before I go into details on today’s “on this day in history” event in the countdown to Queen Anne Boleyn’s execution, let’s set the scene… Queen Anne Boleyn is imprisoned in the Tower of London awaiting trial for high treason; George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, the queen’s brother and a royal favourite, is also in the […]

60 Second History – Catherine of Aragon

| May 2, 2017

60 Second History – Catherine of Aragon

My latest 60-second history video is on Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII. There was so much I wanted to say about this queen consort, but so little time, so I tried my best and I hope you enjoy it. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this series is to give information […]

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

| April 28, 2017

To Justify or Not to Justify, That is the Theory

Thank you to Clare Cherry for writing this guest article for us today. I know Clare is very concerned about how some theories and myths crop up so regularly that they are taken as facts, and yet many of them have very little basis. Goodness knows how many times I’ve had to correct the idea […]

1 April 1536 – Henry VIII pays court to Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2017

On this day in history, 1st April 1536, Eustace Chapuys the imperial ambassador, wrote a very long and detailed letter to Emperor Charles V, a letter that is very interesting. In this letter, Chapuys wrote of how the king was “paying court” to one of Queen Anne Boleyn’s ladies,  a certain Jane Seymour, and that […]

Katherine Howard (1524-1542): A Queen’s Jewels

| March 24, 2017

Katherine Howard (1524-1542): A Queen’s Jewels

Thank you to my dear friend Teri Fitzgerald for writing this guest article on Katherine Howard and her portraiture. Here is an excerpt and you can read the rest if you open or download it as a report using the links at the bottom. Over to Teri… In his meticulously researched and thoughtful biography of […]