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 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 […]

September 18 – A triumphant King Henry VIII after the Siege of Boulogne

| September 18, 2022

September 18 – A triumphant King Henry VIII after the Siege of Boulogne

On this day in Tudor history, 18th September 1544, following the French surrender of Boulogne to the English, King Henry VIII rode triumphantly through its streets. This First Siege of Boulogne had seen the town “sore assaulted and so besieged with such abundance of great ordinance that never was there a more valianter assault made”, […]

September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

| September 16, 2022

September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1541, as part of their progress to the North, King Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, entered the city of York. This progress had been planned to show the king’s authority to the North, and to give the people an opportunity to show their loyalty […]

September 10 – The christening of Elizabeth I at Greenwich

| September 10, 2022

September 10 – The christening of Elizabeth I at Greenwich

On this day in Tudor history, 10th September 1533, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen Elizabeth I, was christened at the Church of Observant Friars in Greenwich. Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She had a lavish christening service presided over by […]

September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

| September 9, 2022

September 9 – Regent Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden and James IV’s remains

On this day in Tudor history, 9th September 1513, during the reign of King Henry VIII and regency of Queen Catherine of Aragon, the Battle of Flodden took place. Henry VIII, who was busy campaigning in France, had appointed his wife, Catherine of Aragon, as regent while he was away. During her short regency, English […]