December 9 – Sir Edward Neville, a man who called Henry VIII “worse than a beast”

| December 9, 2022

December 9 – Sir Edward Neville, a man who called Henry VIII “worse than a beast”

On this day in Tudor history, 9th December 1538, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir Edward Neville was beheaded on Tower Hill. The courtier, gentleman of the privy chamber and son of George Neville, 2nd Baron Bergavenny, had been condemned to death for treason. He had been found guilty of conspiring against the […]

December 8 – Sir William Coffin, Anne Boleyn’s Master of the Horse

| December 8, 2022

December 8 – Sir William Coffin, Anne Boleyn’s Master of the Horse

On this day in Tudor history, 8th December 1538, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Sir William Coffin died at Standon in Hertfordshire. The courtier and Master of the Horse to Queens Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour is thought to have died of the plague because his wife Margaret wrote in a letter to […]

December 7 – The birth of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots

| December 7, 2022

December 7 – The birth of Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots

Today, 7th December, is the traditional date given for the birth of Henry Stuart (Stewart), Duke of Albany and Lord Darnley. It is said that Lord Darnley was born on 7th December 1545, in the reign of King Henry VIII. He was the son of Lady Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s niece, and her husband, Matthew […]

December 5 – The death of Mary, Queen of Scots’ first husband

| December 5, 2022

December 5 – The death of Mary, Queen of Scots’ first husband

On this day in Tudor history, 5th December 1560, Mary, Queen of Scots, lost her first husband, King Francis II of France and King Consort of Scotland. Francis II was just fifteen years old when he died. He’d come down with what appeared to be an ear infection in mid-November 1560 and died just a […]

December 4 – A Lollard is murdered in Tudor London

| December 4, 2022

December 4 – A Lollard is murdered in Tudor London

On this day in Tudor history, 4th December 1514, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Richard Hunne was discovered dead in his cell in the Lollard’s Tower at St Paul’s. The merchant tailor and leading member of the Lollard community in London had been arrested for heresy in October 1514. Hunne was found hanging […]

December 2 – The arrest of courtier and poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

| December 2, 2022

December 2 – The arrest of courtier and poet Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd December 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was arrested. Surrey was a poet, courtier, soldier the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and first cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. He was arrested after his former […]

December 1 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for high treason

| December 1, 2022

December 1 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for high treason

On this day in Tudor history, 1st December 1541, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were tried for high treason at Guildhall, London. Both men had been linked romantically with the king’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard. Culpeper, a member of Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Dereham, a secretary to […]

November 29 – Cardinal Wolsey dies, and not by suicide!

| November 29, 2022

November 29 – Cardinal Wolsey dies, and not by suicide!

On this day in Tudor history, 29th November 1530, in the reign of King Henry VIII, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis in Leicester. Contrary to what was shown in The Tudors series, Wolsey did not commit suicide. Henry VIII’s former Lord […]

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