June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

On this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1540, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s right-hand man and ‘fixer’, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Find out what happened on that day… And three years earlier, on this day in 1537, two Carthusian monks […]

June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

June 9 – Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer

On this day in Tudor history, 9th June 1549, in the reign of King Edward VI, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer’s Book of Common Prayer was used for the very first time. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s publication was used at Whitsun services all around England. This was a huge day for the English Reformation as it meant […]

June 8 1536 – Henry VIII doesn’t have any legitimate children

June 8 1536 – Henry VIII doesn’t have any legitimate children

On this day in 1536, Henry VIII found himself without any legitimate children. Well, he didn’t find himself that way, really, he made it so. The sixth Parliament of King Henry VIII’s reign met on 8th June 1536 and passed the Second Act of Succession. This act removed Henry VIII’s daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, from […]

June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

On this day in Tudor history, 7th June 1536, on the River Thames, there were celebrations for England’s new queen. Jane Seymour had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and the king wanted to celebrate his third marriage. The celebrations consisted of a river pageant from Greenwich Palace to Whitehall Palace, and you […]

June 6 – King Henry VIII and Emperor Charles V enjoy some pageantry together

June 6 – King Henry VIII and Emperor Charles V enjoy some pageantry together

On this day in Tudor history, 6th June 1522, King Henry VIII made a grand entry into the city of London with his nephew, Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor. The two powerful men entered London in style, enjoying 9 spectacular pageants, as well as music. Find out all about the pageantry involved in this day […]

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1516, Spaniard Maria de Salinas married William, 10th Lord Willoughby of Eresby. Maria and William were the parents of Catherine Willoughby, who went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Maria was also a good friend of Catherine of Aragon and managed to be with the […]

June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

On this day in history, 4th June 1536, Henry VIII’s new bride, Jane Seymour, was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Jane had become Henry VIII’s third wife on 30th May 1536, just eleven days after Anne Boleyn’s execution. Everything had moved incredibly fast. Find out more about what happened on this day in 1536…

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

June 3 – The Royal Supremacy and a man who suffered due to it

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd June 1535, Thomas Cromwell, King Henry VIII’s vicar-general, issued orders regarding the royal supremacy to the bishops of the kingdom. But what was the royal supremacy and what were the clergy expected to do? Let me explain… And on that very same day, King Henry VIII’s former Lord […]

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