June 24 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned

| June 24, 2022

June 24 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon are crowned

On this day in Tudor history, 24th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his new bride, Catherine of Aragon, were crowned king and queen at a joint coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey. It was Midsummer’s Day and the Feast of St John the Baptist, a perfect day for this young couple’s coronation. Let me […]

June 23 – A coronation procession for Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

| June 23, 2022

June 23 – A coronation procession for Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd June 1509, twelve days after their marriage, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon processed through the streets of London dressed in their finery. This was their coronation procession. In this video, and transcript below, I share contemporary descriptions of the king and queen’s appearance and outfits, […]

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

| June 21, 2022

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

On this day in Tudor history, 21st June 1529, ten days after her 20th wedding anniversary, Queen Catherine of Aragon appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars and delivered an impassioned speech which stole the show. This court was hearing the case for the annulment of Catherine’s marriage to the king, and Catherine was going […]

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

| June 19, 2022

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

On this day in Tudor history, 19th June 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, three monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their names were Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore and they were executed for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as supreme […]

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

June 17 – The Battle of Blackheath

| June 17, 2022

June 17 – The Battle of Blackheath

On this day in Tudor history, 17th June 1497, in the reign of King Henry VII, the Crown forces were victorious against the Cornish rebels at the Battle of Blackheath, or the Battle of Deptford Bridge, as it is also known. What caused the Cornish Rebellion? What happened at the Battle? And what happened afterwards? […]

June 16 – The last battle of the Wars of the Roses – and it’s not Bosworth!

| June 16, 2022

June 16 – The last battle of the Wars of the Roses – and it’s not Bosworth!

On this day in Tudor history, 16th June 1487, nearly two years after the Battle of Bosworth, the final battle between the Houses of York and Lancaster in the civil war that we call the Wars of the Roses took place. It was the Battle of Stoke Field and it was between Henry VII and […]

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

| June 12, 2022

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, twenty-one years and a day after they got married, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather angry with her husband, King Henry VIII. Catherine accused the king of leading an evil life and setting a bad example. What led to these accusations? What had Henry VIII done […]