6 January – Epiphany fun and feasting, and The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

6 January – Epiphany fun and feasting, and The marriage of Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves

Happy Epiphany! Happy Kings’ Day! Yes, today is the Feast of the Epiphany, the day that commemorated the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. I share some examples of how Epiphany was celebrated at the royal court. Find out what those Tudor people got up to on Twelfth Night in this talk… Also […]

5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, geographer and poet, Richard Willes, was born in Pulham, Dorset. Richard Willes has been described as “One of the quirkier figures in the literary history not only of the college but of the Elizabethan period as a whole”, and […]

3 January – Martin Luther is excommunicated, and two very different days for Anne of Cleves

3 January – Martin Luther is excommunicated, and two very different days for Anne of Cleves

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd January 1521, Pope Leo X excommunicated Reformer, German priest and professor of theology Martin Luther from the Catholic Church. In this talk, I explain what led to Luther’s excommunication, what happened when Luther was called to the Diet of Worms, and what happened next to this famous Reformer.

1 January – Chapuys visits the dying Queen Catherine, and Granada surrenders

1 January – Chapuys visits the dying Queen Catherine, and Granada surrenders

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd January 1536, imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, visited his good friend, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and a woman who was now officially called the Dowager Princess of Wales. Catherine was seriously ill, in fact, she was dying, and this would be the last time […]

1 January – Catherine of Aragon gives birth to a son, and Henry VIII meets Anne of Cleves

1 January – Catherine of Aragon gives birth to a son, and Henry VIII meets Anne of Cleves

On 1st January 1540, Henry VIII met Anne of Cleves for the very first time. This meeting between King Henry VIII and the woman who would soon become his fourth wife, was a bit of a disaster, but exactly how much of a disaster was it? The accounts differ and Claire shares with you two […]

31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

31 December – The Gunner and a bishop who angered Queen Elizabeth I

On this day in Tudor history, 31st December 1535, in the reign of Henry VIII, Sir William Skeffington, Lord Deputy of Ireland, died at Kilmainham in Dublin. Skeffington had become known as “the Gunner” following his use of heavy artillery while taking Maynooth Castle in County Kildare, where he killed, or had executed, the whole […]

30 December – An outlaw scholar from Spain who died of the plague and Roger Ascham, Elizabeth I’s tutor

30 December – An outlaw scholar from Spain who died of the plague and Roger Ascham, Elizabeth I’s tutor

On this day in Tudor history, 30th December 1552, in the reign of King Edward VI, Spanish humanist scholar, translator, author and Protestant apologist, Francisco de Enzinas died at Strasbourg from the plague. He was buried there the next day. Humanist Francisco had changed his name to Francis Dryander after leaving Spain to study at […]

29 December -Elizabeth I’s rogue and champion and Japanese Pirates

29 December -Elizabeth I’s rogue and champion and Japanese Pirates

On this day in history, 29th December 1605, in the reign of King James I, forty-seven-year-old Tudor nobleman George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Yorkshire. Clifford was a courtier, naval commander, privateer, Elizabeth I’s champion and a man she called her “rogue”. Find out all about this Earl […]

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