November 20 – Elizabeth I’s “mouton”

November 20 – Elizabeth I’s “mouton”

On this day in Tudor history, 20th November 1591, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, a man Elizabeth called her “mouton” died. Sir Christopher Hatton was fifty-one at his death and as well as being one of the queen’s favourites, he’d served as her lord chancellor. Hatton […]

November 19 – A Catholic recusant and priest harbourer

November 19 – A Catholic recusant and priest harbourer

On this day in Tudor history, 19th November 1587, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, an important member of the Catholic underground, Henry Vaux, died of what was probably consumption. The Catholic recusant and priest harbourer died at Great Ashby, the home of his sister, Eleanor Brooksby. Henry Vaux is a fascinating Tudor man. […]

Mary I: Bloody Mary or a sad and tragic queen?

Mary I: Bloody Mary or a sad and tragic queen?

Thank you to everyone who left comments on my “What do you think about Queen Mary I?” video. Today, I’m sharing the results, the words you used to describe Queen Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. The results were very interesting and I was pleasantly surprised… If you’d like to join […]

November 18 – An 85-year-old bishop and his sad end

November 18 – An 85-year-old bishop and his sad end

On this day in Tudor history, 18th November 1559, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, eighty-five-year-old Cuthbert Tunstall, Bishop of Durham, died. At the time of his death, Tunstall was in the custody of Matthew Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Lambeth Palace. The bishop’s career had begun under Henry VIII, and he’d been imprisoned […]

November 17 – Elizabeth I is queen

November 17 – Elizabeth I is queen

On this day in Tudor history, 17th November 1558, the daughter of King Henry VIII by his second wife, Anne Boleyn, became Queen of England. Twenty-five-year-old Elizabeth became queen following the death of her half-sister, Queen Mary I, who had ruled for five years. Elizabeth would reign for over forty-four years. In the video and […]

November 16 – Conspirator William Stafford and an alleged plot against Elizabeth I

November 16 – Conspirator William Stafford and an alleged plot against Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 16th November 1612, William Stafford died. The date of his death may be out of the Tudor period, but he was an alleged Elizabethan conspirator and he was the second son of William Stafford, widower of Mary Boleyn, and the grandson of Ursula Pole, daughter of Margaret Pole, Countess of […]

November 15 – Pope Clement VII threatens to excommunicate Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

November 15 – Pope Clement VII threatens to excommunicate Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 15th November 1532, an exasperated Pope Clement VII threatened King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquess of Pembroke, with excommunication. Why would the pope do that when Pope Leo X had granted the king the title of Defender of the Faith in 1521? Well, because Henry VIII had defied […]

November 14 – Weddings for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn

November 14 – Weddings for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November 1501, the Feast of St Erkenwald, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, married Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York. The couple got married at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. And on […]

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