18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

| October 18, 2017

18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

On this day in history, 18th October 1529, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey surrendered the Great Seal of his Lord Chancellorship following the writ of praemunire being filed against him on the 9th October 1529. Jean du Bellay, the French ambassador, recorded this in a letter to Anne, Duke of Montmorency, written on 22nd October: “On Tuesday […]

Claude, Queen of France

| October 13, 2017

Claude, Queen of France

Today is the anniversary of the birth of Claude, Duchess of Brittany and Queen of France, on 13th October 1499 in Romorantin-Lanthenay. Claude was the eldest daughter of Louis XII of France and Anne of Brittany, and she became Queen of France after the death of her father in January 1515 when her husband, Francis, […]

Margaret of Austria and the Royal Monastery of Brou by Yann Kergourlay

| October 10, 2017

Margaret of Austria and the Royal Monastery of Brou by Yann Kergourlay

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this article for us today and also for sharing these wonderful photos with us. I really want to visit Brou now! Over to Yann… For a long time, I only knew of Margaret of Austria (1480–1530) thanks to short references to her in books about my […]

60 second history – Guildford Dudley

| September 28, 2017

60 second history – Guildford Dudley

Today’s 60-second history video is on Lord Guildford Dudley, consort of Lady Jane Grey, or Queen Jane. 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 […]

20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

| September 20, 2017

20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

On this day in history, Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry VII, did her duty as queen consort and gave the king a healthy son. She did if first time too! Yes, on 20th September 1486, just “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in […]

19 September 1580 – The death of the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2017

19 September 1580 – The death of the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk

On the 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon) died after a long illness. She was sixty-one years old. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was born on 22nd March 1519 and was the daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and his wife, Lady Maria […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

| September 12, 2017

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was tried for heresy at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. The court was presided over by James Brooks, Bishop of Gloucester and the representative of the Pope, and Dr Martin and Dr Storey, Queen Mary I’s […]

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

| August 13, 2017

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

On this day in history, 13th August 1514, Henry VIII’s youngest sister, Mary, married King Louis XII of France by proxy at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII wrote to Pope Leo X on 12th August 1514 regarding the peace treaty agreed between France and England, which included the marriage of Mary and Louis, and mentioning her […]