September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

| September 27, 2022

September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

On this day in Tudor history, 27th September 1501, in the reign of King Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set sail from Laredo in Spain. Catherine was headed for England to marry Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son and heir of King Henry […]

September 26 – Sir Amias Paulet, gaoler of Mary, Queen of Scots

| September 26, 2022

September 26 – Sir Amias Paulet, gaoler of Mary, Queen of Scots

On this day in Tudor history, 26th September 1588, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, administrator, diplomat and Governor of Jersey, Sir Amias (Amyas) Paulet died. He was buried in St Martin-in-the-Fields, Westminster. Sir Amias Paulet was also one of Mary, Queen of Scots’ gaolers. While he was in that position, Queen Elizabeth wanted […]

September 25 – A poisoned pope?

| September 25, 2022

September 25 – A poisoned pope?

On this day in Tudor history, 25th September 1534, in the reign of Henry VIII, Pope Clement VII died in Rome. It was rumoured that the pope, born Giulio di Giuliano de’ Medici, died from eating death cap mushrooms or from fumes from poisoned candles placed in his room, but it is more likely that […]

September 24 – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales is christened

| September 24, 2022

September 24 – Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales is christened

On this day in Tudor history, 24th September 1486, in a lavish ceremony at Winchester Cathedral, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales and son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, was christened. In this video, I share details from Lady Margaret Beaufort’s “Ordinances” regarding her grandson’s christening. Margaret had carefully choreographed the birth of a […]

September 23 – William Averell and his star-crossed lovers

| September 23, 2022

September 23 – William Averell and his star-crossed lovers

On this day in history, 23rd September 1605, in the reign of King James I, Tudor pamphleteer William Averell was buried at St Peter upon Cornhill. Averell’s first work was about two Welsh star-crossed lovers, Charles and Julia, and he also wrote a Protestant work about it raining wheat in Suffolk and Essex, an event […]

September 21 – Robert Dudley marries Lettice Knollys in secret

| September 21, 2022

September 21 – Robert Dudley marries Lettice Knollys in secret

On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 21st September 1578, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the queen’s favourite, Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, married Lettice Devereux (née Knollys), daughter of Lady Catherine Knollys (née Carey), the queen’s cousin. The couple married in secret at Leicester’s house. So secret was the marriage that the […]

September 20 – The birth of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

| September 20, 2022

September 20 – The birth of Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, at Winchester

On this day in Tudor history, 20th September 1486, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, was born at Winchester. Arthur was the first child of King Henry VII and his queen consort, Elizabeth of York. He was named after the legendary King Arthur and there were high hopes for him. Henry VII believed that Arthur would […]

September 19 – Two of the Coventry Martyrs are burnt

| September 19, 2022

September 19 – Two of the Coventry Martyrs are burnt

On this day in Tudor history, 19th September 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, Robert Glover and Cornelius Bungey were burnt at the stake in Little Park Street, Coventry. They were Protestants burnt for heresy and were two of twelve martyrs burnt in the city between 1511 and 1555. Find out more about […]