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 […]

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury and good friend to Anne Boleyn

| August 6, 2017

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury and good friend to Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich, East Anglia. He was born the son of a worsted weaver but his destiny wasn’t weaving, Parker was destined for the Church and for royal service too. In around 1520, Parker began his studies at Corpus […]

25 July 1535 – Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth are called names

| July 25, 2017

With his letter written on the Feast of St James (25th July) 1535, to Nicolas Perrenot de Granvelle, who was Charles V’s advisor, Eustace Chapuys included an interesting post script. It was written in cipher, but said: “P.S.—He the other day nearly murdered his own fool, a simple and innocent man, because he happened to […]

6 July 1535 – The beheading of Sir Thomas More, former Lord Chancellor

| July 6, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 6th July 1535, Henry VIII’s former friend and Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, was beheaded on Tower Hill as a traitor. More had been found guilty of high treason under the Treason Act of 1534 for denying the king’s supremacy and refusing to take the Oath of Succession. Trivia: […]

4 July 1551 – Death of Gregory Cromwell

| July 4, 2017

On this day in history, 4th July 1551, Gregory Cromwell, 1st Baron Cromwell and son of the late Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, died of sweating sickness at Launde Abbey, in Leicestershire. He was buried at the abbey’s chapel on 7th July. Merchant-taylor Henry Machyn recorded the sweating sickness outbreak and Gregory Cromwell’s death in […]