6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

| August 6, 2018

6 August 1504 – The birth of Matthew Parker, a man loyal to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, a man who served as chaplain to Queen Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, and as Archbishop of Canterbury to Queen Elizabeth I, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia, to a worsted weaver and his wife. His loyalty to his […]

15 June 1519 – The birth of Henry Fitzroy, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son

| June 15, 2018

This date in history, 15th June 1519, is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry VIII’s recognised illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Fitzroy was born at the Priory of St Lawrence, in Blackmore, Essex. His mother, Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, had been sent away from court to the prior’s house […]

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

| March 21, 2018

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, the third of the Oxford Martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the English Reformation and ‘architect’ of the Book of Common Prayer, was burnt at the stake in Oxford. Cranmer had been found guilty of heresy at a trial in September 1555 and […]

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

| March 3, 2018

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

This day in history, 3rd March 1515, is one of the dates given in the contemporary sources for the secret marriage of Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis […]

Burial of Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester

| February 28, 2018

Burial of Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester

On this day in history, 28th February 1556, Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester and Lord Chancellor of England, was buried in a chantry tomb at Winchester Cathedral. Gardiner had been taken ill at the end of October 1555 with what is thought to have been jaundice and dropsy, and he died on 12th November 1555. […]

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

| February 1, 2018

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 1st February 1514, Candlemas Eve, King Henry VIII granted the dukedom of Suffolk to Charles Brandon, his future brother-in-law and close friend. He also granted the dukedom of Norfolk to Thomas Howard (Earl of Surrey and son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk) and Thomas’s son, who was also […]

28 January 1457 – The birth of a king

| January 28, 2018

On this day in history, 28th January 1457, thirteen-year-old Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and wife of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, gave birth to her first and only child at Pembroke Castle in West Wales. She named the infant Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI and, like his half-uncle, Margaret’s son grew […]

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard is tried for treason

| January 13, 2018

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard is tried for treason

On this day in history, 13th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet and soldier, and son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason at a common inquest at Guildhall, London. Charles Wriothesley records the trial in his chronicle: “The 13th daie of Januarie was arraigned at the Guildhall Henrie […]