20 October 1536 – Pontefract Castle surrenders to the rebels

| October 20, 2017

20 October 1536 – Pontefract Castle surrenders to the rebels

By eight o’clock in the morning on this day in history, 20th October 1536, Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Darcy, had surrendered his castle, Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, to the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion. Lord Darcy and the castle inhabitants then swore the rebel oath. Lord Darcy had sent a message […]

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 […]

11 October – A journey, a procession, a death and an arrest

| October 11, 2017

11 October – A journey, a procession, a death and an arrest

This day in history was rather a busy one! As I have written about these four events before I thought it best to link to my previous articles rather than write about them all over again! At dawn on 11th October 1532, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn set sail from Dover on The Swallow bound […]

5 October 1518 – Betrothal of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, and the Dauphin of France

| October 5, 2017

5 October 1518 – Betrothal of Mary, daughter of Henry VIII, and the Dauphin of France

On 2nd October 1518, the Treaty of London, Cardinal Wolsey’s treaty of “Universal” peace, was signed by France and England. Tournai, which had been conquered by Henry VIII in 1513, was to be restored to France and a marriage was arranged between Henry VIII’s two-year-old daughter, Mary (the future Mary I), and François, the Dauphin […]

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

| October 2, 2017

William Tyndale’s The Obedience of a Christian Man and how it got into Henry VIII’s hands

On 2nd October 1528 English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his most influential book, The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. This book features in a story about Anne Boleyn, which is told by both George Wyatt, grandson of Thomas Wyatt the Poet, and the 17th century […]

20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

| September 20, 2017

20 September 1486 – It’s a boy!

On this day in history, Elizabeth of York, wife of King Henry VII, did her duty as queen consort and gave the king a healthy son. She did if first time too! Yes, on 20th September 1486, just “afore one o’clock after midnight”, Elizabeth gave birth to a baby boy at St. Swithun’s Priory in […]

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

| September 12, 2017

12 September 1555 – Archbishop Cranmer is tried in Oxford

On this day in history, Thursday 12th September 1555, Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, was tried for heresy at the University Church of St Mary the Virgin at Oxford. The court was presided over by James Brooks, Bishop of Gloucester and the representative of the Pope, and Dr Martin and Dr Storey, Queen Mary I’s […]

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

| August 13, 2017

13 August 1514 – Princess Mary Tudor marries by proxy

On this day in history, 13th August 1514, Henry VIII’s youngest sister, Mary, married King Louis XII of France by proxy at Greenwich Palace. Henry VIII wrote to Pope Leo X on 12th August 1514 regarding the peace treaty agreed between France and England, which included the marriage of Mary and Louis, and mentioning her […]