25 January – Bonfires, torches, bells ringing… and the marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

Posted By on January 25, 2022

25th January is the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul, an important day in Tudor times. It celebrated the conversion of Paul, a man known for his persecution of Christians, on the road to Damascus.

In this talk, I explain the background of the feast day and shares a contemporary account of how St Paul’s Day was celebrated in the reign of Queen Mary I.

Also on this day in 1533 was St Paul’s Day, and was the day of the official, but secret, marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn at Whitehall Palace.

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24 January – Can jousting heal the problems between Englishmen and Spaniards? and Henry VIII’s Jousting Accident

Posted By on January 24, 2022

On this day in Tudor history, 24th January 1555, in the reign of Queen Mary I, a great joust was held at Westminster between English and the Spanish knights.

It was one of the events planned by Philip of Spain, Queen Mary I’s husband, to try and tackle the problems between Englishmen and Spaniards in London.

Tensions had even led to violence and murder.

Find out more about the problems, and how King Philip tried to tackle them, in this talk…

Also on this day in Tudor history, 24th January 1536, the forty-four-year-old King Henry VIII had a jousting accident at Greenwich Palace.

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23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

23 January – Elizabeth I opens the Royal Exchange and the death of Ferdinand II

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd January 1571, after dining with its founder, Sir Thomas Gresham, Queen Elizabeth I opened the Royal Exchange in London. Find out more about the official opening, what the Royal Exchange was, why Gresham paid for its building, and what happened to it, in this talk… Also on this […]

21 January – Henry Howard’s madding time and the Act of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn

21 January – Henry Howard’s madding time and the Act of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn

On the night of this day in Tudor history, 21st January 1543, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Thomas Wyatt the Younger and several other youths went on a five-hour rampage in London. Surrey regretted his actions, calling that night “a madding time”, but the king and the privy council took it seriously. Find out what […]

19 January – Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

19 January – Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in Tudor history, 19th January 1601, Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, died at Wilton, the family home near Salisbury. Who was Henry Herbert? I tell you about this interesting Tudor man in this talk… Also on this day in Tudor history, 19th January 1547, poet, courtier and soldier, Henry Howard, Earl […]

18 January – Henry VII and Elizabeth of York get married and Henry VIII dresses up

18 January – Henry VII and Elizabeth of York get married and Henry VIII dresses up

On this day in Tudor history, 18th January 1486, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey. This was over two years after he had vowed to marry her and nearly 5 months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Why did Henry VII delay in marrying […]

16 January – Thomas Howard breaks his promise about Mary, Queen of Scots, and Thomas Seymour’s kidnap attempt

16 January – Thomas Howard breaks his promise about Mary, Queen of Scots, and Thomas Seymour’s kidnap attempt

On this day in Tudor history, 16th January 1572, Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk, eldest son of the late Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, was tried and found guilty of treason at Westminster Hall. Norfolk had promised Queen Elizabeth I that he would not get involved with Mary, Queen of Scots, ever again, but […]

13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason

13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 13th January 1599, Elizabethan poet and administrator in Ireland, Edmund Spenser, died in Westminster. He was described as “the prince of poets in his time” and is best known for his allegorical poem in praise of Elizabeth I, “The Faerie Queene”. But, did you know that he also upset […]

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