Poisoned pottage and a man boiled to death

| April 5, 2017

On this day in history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose (Rouse) was boiled to death at Smithfield after being attainted of high treason. Roose was the former cook of the household of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, and he’d been attainted after Parliament had passed a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”, which made it […]

31 March 1532 – Henry VIII is much displeased

| March 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st March 1532, King Henry VIII was “much displeased” with the Easter Sunday sermon preached by Princess Mary’s confessor, Friar William Peto, in the King’s presence at Greenwich’s Franciscan chapel. Rather than preaching on the Easter story and focusing on Christ’s victory and resurrection, Friar Peto chose to preach on […]

30 March 1533 – Thomas Cranmer is consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| March 30, 2017

On this day in history, 30th March 1533, at the Passion Sunday service, Thomas Cranmer, Archdeacon of Taunton, was consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury by the Bishops of Lincoln, Exeter, and St Asaph at St Stephen’s College, Westminster Palace. Read more… Cranmer’s predecessor, William Warham, had died on 22nd August 1532. Cranmer was Archbishop of […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

| March 23, 2017

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

On this day in history, 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with […]

22 February 1511 – The death of a prince

| February 22, 2017

On this day in history, 22nd February 1511, fifty-two-day-old Henry, Duke of Cornwall, son of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon, died at Richmond Palace. Chronicler Edward Hall records his death: “After this great joy came sorowfull chaunce, for the young Prince, which was borne upon Neweyeres daye last past, upon the. xxii. […]

28 January 1547 – The death of Henry VIII and accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2017

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five-year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall and Charles […]

19 January 1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed

| January 19, 2017

On this day in history, 19th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill. Surrey was the son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and so was the cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. He was laid to rest at All […]

9 January 1514 – Death of Anne of Brittany

| January 9, 2017

9 January 1514 – Death of Anne of Brittany

On this day in history, 9th January 1514, Anne of Brittany, queen consort of King Louis XII of France, died at the Chateau of Blois. Anne was buried in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis. Anne had been married three times. In 1490, she was married by proxy to Maximilian I of Austria, but was […]