The re-identification of Michel Sittow’s portrait formerly known as Catherine of Aragon

| February 15, 2018

The re-identification of Michel Sittow’s portrait formerly known as Catherine of Aragon

Something which came up on my Facebook feed this morning because it was shared on several Tudor history pages was the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. being criticised for their “major mistake”. The Queen Catherine Parr Facebook page shared a photo from the gallery’s Facebook page and stated that the “portrait of Catherine […]

13 February 1542 – A tragic day for a queen and her lady

| February 13, 2018

On this day in history, Monday 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife and queen of King Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed at the Tower of London after being found guilty of treason by attainder. An eye-witness, London merchant Otwell Johnson recorded that the two women “made the moost […]

12 February 1542 – Catherine Howard prepares for her execution

| February 12, 2018

On Sunday 12th February 1542, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was informed that she should “dispose her soul and prepare for death, for she was to be beheaded next day”. Clergyman Dr John White, later Bishop of Lincoln then Winchester, visited Catherine to hear her last confession. Catherine “confessed the miscarriages of her former […]

11 February 1542 – The bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn is given royal assent

| February 11, 2018

11 February 1542 – The bill of attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn is given royal assent

On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford “received the king’s assent, given in absentia by letters patent”. The bill had been introduced into Parliament on 21st January 1542 and you can read the full bill in my article […]

8 January 1536 – Henry VIII celebrates the news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

| January 8, 2018

On 7th January 1536, Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton Castle, where she had resided since April 1534. Catherine had defied the king by refusing to accept the annulment of their marriage and her new title of Dowager Princess of Wales. She had actively fought against the annulment proceedings and had […]

7 January 1536 – Death of Catherine of Aragon, first wife of Henry VIII

| January 7, 2018

On this day in history, 7th January 1536, at two o’clock in the afternoon, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and the daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, the renowned Catholic Reyes (monarchs) died at Kimbolton Castle. Catherine had been ill for several months, but had felt […]

1 January 1540 – Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves have a disastrous first meeting

| January 1, 2018

1 January 1540 – Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves have a disastrous first meeting

Anne of Cleves, or Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg, had arrived in England on 27th December 1539, landing at Deal in Kent, in preparation for her forthcoming marriage to King Henry VIII. On New Year’s Eve, she travelled on to Rochester, where she was to rest before travelling to Greenwich Palace, where she’d be formally received. She […]

Happy birthday to Catherine of Aragon!

| December 16, 2017

On this day in history, sometime during the night of 15th/16th December 1485, Queen Isabella I of Castile gave birth to her youngest daughter at the Archbishop of Toledo’s palace at Alcalá de Henares, a town just east of Madrid. Isabella and her husband, Ferdinand II of Aragon, named their daughter Catalina after her great-grandmother, […]