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 […]

26 November 1533 – Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard get married

| November 26, 2017

26 November 1533 – Henry Fitzroy and Mary Howard get married

On this day in history, 26th November 1533, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset and the illegitimate son of King Henry VIII, married Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, at Hampton Court Palace. They were both fourteen years of age. The wedding appears to have been rather low-key, so much […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

| October 27, 2017

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes her entrance

On this day in history, Sunday 27th October 1532, Henry VIII and Francis I, the Kings of England and France, dined together at a special “great banquet” in Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall records that “The French kyng was serued iii. courses, & his meat dressed after the French fashion, & the kyng of England had […]

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

| October 25, 2017

25 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn is sent a diamond

On this day in history, 25th October 1532, King Henry VIII arrived back in the English territory of Calais following his visit to the French court at Boulogne. Francis I, King of France, travelled back with him. The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys and Bulleyn says this of their journey and arrival: “And on […]

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 […]