12 October 1537 – A prince for Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

| October 12, 2017

12 October 1537 – A prince for Henry VIII and Jane Seymour

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, an exhausted Queen Jane Seymour, third wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth to a little boy in her chamber at Hampton Court Palace. He was born at around two o’clock in the morning. Chronicler Edward Hall […]

4 October 1539 – The signing of the marriage treaty between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

| October 4, 2017

4 October 1539 – The signing of the marriage treaty between Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

On this day in history, 4th October 1539, in London, the commissioners of King Henry VIII signed the treaty which arranged the marriage of the king and Anne of Cleves (Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg). Anne’s brother, William, Duke of Cleves, had signed the treaty on 4th September 1539 and then sent it to England with his […]

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife

| September 22, 2017

22 September 1515 – Birth of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII’s fourth wife

On this day in history, 22nd September 1515, Henry VIII’s fourth wife and queen consort, Anna von Jülich-Kleve-Berg (or Anne of Cleves as we know her) was born near Düsseldorf. Anne was the second daughter of John III, Duke of Jülich, Cleves and Berg, an important German ruler, and his wife, Maria of Jülich-Berg. Anne […]

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 […]