7 February 1526 – A sign that the king has fallen for Anne Boleyn?

The 7th February 1526 was the day of the annual Shrovetide joust. It took place at Greenwich and that year’s theme was unrequited love. King Henry VIII’s team of knights were apparelled in cloth of gold and silver richly embroidered with a man’s heart in a press, surrounded by flames and bearing the motto Declare […]

The Tudor Summit – 3 and 4 March 2018

The Tudor Summit – 3 and 4 March 2018

This morning I was interviewed by the lovely Heather Teysko (thank you, Heather!) for the Tudor Summit, two Days of learning and connecting with leading Tudor historians, bloggers, and podcasters, which takes place online on 3rd and 4th March 2018. Heather asked me lots of questions about my favourite Tudor family, the Boleyns, and I […]

Last chance for early bird tickets!

Last chance for early bird tickets!

Philippa from British History Tours has just done a Facebook live video to remind everyone about how early bird tickets for the September Discover the Tudors tour are only available until the end of 7th February – not long! They do offer a substantial discount so do try and book before the end of tomorrow. […]

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 1st February 1514, Candlemas Eve, King Henry VIII granted the dukedom of Suffolk to Charles Brandon, his future brother-in-law and close friend. He also granted the dukedom of Norfolk to Thomas Howard (Earl of Surrey and son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk) and Thomas’s son, who was also […]

Tudor mothers-in-law – Tudor Life Magazine

Tudor mothers-in-law – Tudor Life Magazine

Our sister site The Tudor Society has just published the February edition of Tudor Life magazine, a Tudor history-focused magazine and the theme is royal mothers-in-law. It’s a 76-page edition and articles include: FEATURE: Hever Castle, home of Elizabeth Boleyn The Mothers-in-law of Tudor Monarchs by Gareth Russell Margaret Beaufort Quiz by Catherine Brooks Elizabeth […]

29 January 1536 – Queen Anne Boleyn suffers a miscarriage

On this day in history, 29th January 1536, on the same day that her predecessor Catherine of Aragon was buried, Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage. The imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, recorded: “On the day of the interment the Concubine had an abortion which seemed to be a male child which she had not borne 3½ […]

28 January 1547 – Henry VIII dies and Edward VI becomes king

The king is dead! Long live the king! Yes, on this day in history, Friday 28th January 1547, that iconic Tudor monarch, King Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace at the age of fifty-five. He was succeeded by his nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Henry VIII’s death was kept secret until 31st […]

28 January 1457 – The birth of a king

On this day in history, 28th January 1457, thirteen-year-old Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and wife of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, gave birth to her first and only child at Pembroke Castle in West Wales. She named the infant Henry after his half-uncle Henry VI and, like his half-uncle, Margaret’s son grew […]