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 […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey cheats the axeman

| November 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested at his home, Cawood Castle, at the beginning of the month and was on his way to London to answer charges of treason. […]

28 November 1489 – Birth of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

| November 28, 2017

28 November 1489 – Birth of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

On 28th November 1489, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to the couple’s second child and eldest daughter at Westminster Palace. The couple named her Margaret after her paternal grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and she was baptised at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on 30th November. Margaret spent her childhood at […]

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 […]