December 29 – George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, Elizabeth I’s “rogue”

December 29 – George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland, Elizabeth I’s “rogue”

On this day in history, 29th December 1605, in the reign of King James I, George Clifford, 3rd Earl of Cumberland was buried at Holy Trinity Church, Skipton, Yorkshire. Clifford was just forty-seven years old at his death. He’d been a courtier, naval commander, privateer, Elizabeth I’s champion and a man she called her “rogue”. […]

December 28 – Holy Innocents’ Day or Childermas

December 28 – Holy Innocents’ Day or Childermas

28th December was an important part of the Twelve Days of Christmas in England in Tudor times. It was the Feast of the Holy Innocents, also known as Childermas. Let me explain the origin of Childermas and how Tudor people marked the day… Transcript:

December 27 – The arrival of Anne of Cleves

December 27 – The arrival of Anne of Cleves

On this day in Tudor history, 27th December 1539, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s bride-to-be, Anne of Cleves landed at Deal in Kent. Anne of Cleves would be Henry VIII’s fourth wife and had travelled from Düsseldorf in preparation for the wedding. Find out more about Anne of Cleves’ journey, the […]

December 26 – St Stephen’s Day in Tudor times and Henry VIII’s will

December 26 – St Stephen’s Day in Tudor times and Henry VIII’s will

Today is the Feast of St Stephen, which is also known as Boxing Day in the UK. How did the Tudors celebrate St Stephen’s Day? Let me tell you, before moving on to talking about this day in 1546, when an ill Henry VIII made some changes to his will in preparation for his nine-year-old […]

December 25 – Christmas Day in Tudor times and the death of Lettice Knollys

December 25 – Christmas Day in Tudor times and the death of Lettice Knollys

A very Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you have a wonderful time whatever you are doing today. In the video and transcript below, I explain how the Tudors celebrated Christmas before moving on to an “on this day” event, the death of Lettice Knollys (married names: Devereux, Dudley and Blount), a woman Elizabeth […]

Day 24 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

Day 24 of the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar

It’s Christmas Eve and that means it’s time for the very last treat from the Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar 2022. I do hope you have enjoyed all the contributions and I just want to take this opportunity to thank all the historians, authors, bloggers and artists involved for being so giving of their time […]

December 24 – Henry VIII makes his final speech to Parliament

December 24 – Henry VIII makes his final speech to Parliament

On this day in Tudor history, 24th December 1545, Christmas Eve, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. He was concerned about the religious divisions in his kingdom and in his speech, he chastised the Lords and Commons for their disagreements. He also criticised the clergy for provoking this discord. Let me share […]

Last minute gifts for Tudor history lovers

Last minute gifts for Tudor history lovers

If you’ve left gift-buying to the last minute for the Tudor history lover in your life, or you want to treat yourself to something Tudor-y, then I have a few ideas for you: An online history course from MedievalCourses.com – For Tudor history lovers, courses include “The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots”, “The Life […]

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