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 […]

22 February 1511 – The death of a prince

| February 22, 2017

On this day in history, 22nd February 1511, fifty-two-day-old Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, died at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]

13 February 1542 – Lady Rochford and Queen Catherine Howard died repentant

| February 13, 2017

On this day in history, 13th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, “died repentaunt” at the executioner’s hands within the confines of the Tower of London. Catherine Howard was the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, having married him on 28th July 1540, and Lady Rochford was the widow […]

11 February 1542 – No hope for Lady Rochford and Catherine Howard

| February 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th February 1542, the bill of attainder against Queen Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, which had been introduced into the House of Lords on 21st January 1542, received royal assent. According to the bill of attainder, Catherine and Jane were guilty of high treason and could be punished, […]

10 February 1542 – Queen Catherine Howard is escorted to the Tower

| February 10, 2017

On 10th February 1542, Queen Catherine Howard was taken from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), who was accused of helping Catherine with her treachery, had been taken to the Tower the previous night, having been nursed back […]

9 February 1542 – Lady Rochford is taken to the Tower

| February 9, 2017

According to chronicler Charles Wriothesley, it was on this day in history, 9th February 1542, that Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, widow of George Boleyn and sister-in-law of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, was taken to the Tower of London: “This yeare, the 9th of Februarye, a preist, being parson in the Towre of London, hanged […]