11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn to be recognised as queen

| April 11, 2018

Not only was this day in 1533 an important day in the religious calendar, being Good Friday, it was also an important day for Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was on 11th April 1533 that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne as his rightful wife and queen, and to […]

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

| March 21, 2018

21 March 1556 – The burning of Thomas Cranmer, one of the Oxford Martyrs

On this day in history, 21st March 1556, the third of the Oxford Martyrs, Thomas Cranmer, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the English Reformation and ‘architect’ of the Book of Common Prayer, was burnt at the stake in Oxford. Cranmer had been found guilty of heresy at a trial in September 1555 and […]

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

| March 3, 2018

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

This day in history, 3rd March 1515, is one of the dates given in the contemporary sources for the secret marriage of Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis […]

13 February 1542 – A tragic day for a queen and her lady

| February 13, 2018

On this day in history, Monday 13th February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife and queen of King Henry VIII, and her lady, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, were executed at the Tower of London after being found guilty of treason by attainder. An eye-witness, London merchant Otwell Johnson recorded that the two women “made the moost […]

18 January 1486 – The wedding of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York

| January 18, 2018

On this day in history, twenty-nine-year-old King Henry VII, who’d been king since his victory at the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, married twenty-year-old Elizabeth of York, daughter and eldest child of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville. The service was conducted by Thomas Bourchier, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Westminster Abbey. Over two […]

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

| December 22, 2017

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

On this day in history, 22 December 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life”. of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. Read more… Also on this day […]

10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

| December 10, 2017

On this day in history, 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Both had been found guilty of high treason for their relationships with the queen at their trial on 1st December 1541 and had […]

1 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for treason

| December 1, 2017

1 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for treason

On 1st December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a member of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were tried for high treason at Guildhall, London. They had both been linked romantically with the queen. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded that “after a long discussion lasting six hours” the two […]