June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

June 14 – Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne are interrogated about Mary

| June 14, 2022

June 14 – Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne are interrogated about Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 14th June 1536, under a month after the execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, two courtiers were interrogated regarding their alleged support of Mary, daughter of King Henry VIII by Catherine of Aragon. Their names were Sir Francis Bryan and Sir Anthony Browne. Mary had not yet submitted to her […]

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

| June 12, 2022

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, twenty-one years and a day after they got married, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather angry with her husband, King Henry VIII. Catherine accused the king of leading an evil life and setting a bad example. What led to these accusations? What had Henry VIII done […]

June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

| June 10, 2022

June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

On this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1540, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s right-hand man and ‘fixer’, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Find out what happened on that day… And three years earlier, on this day in 1537, two Carthusian monks […]

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

| June 5, 2022

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1516, Spaniard Maria de Salinas married William, 10th Lord Willoughby of Eresby. Maria and William were the parents of Catherine Willoughby, who went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Maria was also a good friend of Catherine of Aragon and managed to be with the […]

May 24 – Anne Askew and her husband are called to appear before the privy council

| May 24, 2022

May 24 – Anne Askew and her husband are called to appear before the privy council

On this day in Tudor history, 24th May 1546, letters were sent from the Privy Council to the future Protestant martyr Anne Askew and her estranged husband, Thomas Kyme. The couple were ordered to appear in front of the council within fourteen days. But why? What was going on? And what happened next? Here are […]

May 22 – Jane Seymour’s brother Edward is in favour

| May 22, 2022

May 22 – Jane Seymour’s brother Edward is in favour

On this day in Tudor history, 22nd May 1537, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Queen Jane Seymour’s brother, Edward Seymour, was appointed to the privy council. It was just one reward of many and you can find out more about Edward Seymour’s rise in this video…

May 21 – Anne Boleyn’s grandfather, and William Tyndale

| May 21, 2022

May 21 – Anne Boleyn’s grandfather, and William Tyndale

On this day in Tudor history, 21st May 1524, Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, courtier, magnate and soldier, died at his home, Framlingham Castle in Suffolk. Norfolk was about 81 years of age when he died. Norfolk was the grandfather of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, but there was far more to him […]