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, […]

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

| November 14, 2017

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

By 14th November 1541, things were not looking good for Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber and a man who Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, had claimed “had succeeded him in the Queen’s affections”. It was on this day that an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands […]

9 November 1518 – Queen Catherine of Aragon loses a baby girl

| November 9, 2017

9 November 1518 – Queen Catherine of Aragon loses a baby girl

On 9th November 1518, the sixth pregnancy of Queen Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII’s first wife, ended tragically at Greenwich Palace. On 10th November 1518, Sebastian Giustinian, the Venetian ambassador, reported back to the Signory: “In the past night the Queen had been delivered of a daughter, to the vexation of everybody. Never had the […]

7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

| November 7, 2017

7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

On this day in history, 7th November 1541, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, received important visitors in her apartments at Hampton Court Palace. The visitors were Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and they hadn’t come to exchange pleasantries or pass on a message from the king, they […]

2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2017

2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

On All Souls’ Day 1541, Catherine Howard, niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and cousin of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, had been queen for just 15 months. She had married Henry VIII as his fifth wife on 28th July 1540, following the annulment of his six month marriage to Anne of Cleves, […]