21 April 1509 – Henry VIII is king!

| April 21, 2017

On this day in history, 21st April 1509, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. It was the end of the king who’d beaten Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. The crown passed on to his son, also Henry, who became King Henry VIII and who […]

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

| April 21, 2016

21 April 1509 – People are as joyful as if they had been released from prison

On 21st April 1509, at 11pm, King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty, died at Richmond Palace. He had ruled for over twenty-three years, since defeating Richard III and his troops at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485. Click here to read about his death. Henry VII’s death was kept secret for a […]

21 April 1509 – The Accession of King Henry VIII

| April 21, 2015

21 April 1509 – The Accession of King Henry VIII

The King is dead, long live the King! Fifty-two year old Henry VII died at Richmond Palace on the night of 21st April 1509, passing the throne on to his seventeen-year-old son, Henry. Henry VIII was crowned King on 24th June 1509, in a joint coronation with his new bride, Catherine of Aragon. Henry VIII’s […]

21 April 1509 – The King is dead, long live the King!

| April 21, 2014

21 April 1509 – The King is dead, long live the King!

At 11pm on Saturday 21st April 1509, the fifty-two year-old King Henry VII died at Richmond Palace, ending his 23 year reign. His second son, the seventeen year-old Prince Henry, acceded to the throne and became King Henry VIII. He was crowned king on 24th June 1509 in a joint coronation with his new bride, […]

24 June 1509 – Coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

| June 24, 2013

24 June 1509 – Coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine

Following his accession to the throne on 21st April and his marriage to Catherine of Aragon on 11th June, Henry VIII and his new bride were crowned King and Queen at Westminster Abbey on 24th June 1509, Midsummer’s Day and the feast day of St John the Baptist. At 8am, the King and Queen processed […]

21 April 1509 – The Death of Henry VII and the Accession of Henry VIII

| April 21, 2013

21 April 1509 – The Death of Henry VII and the Accession of Henry VIII

At Richmond Palace, at 11pm on Saturday 21st April 1509, King Henry VII died at the age of fifty-two. It was not a sudden death, the King had been ill for some time and had prepared himself for death. His biographer, Thomas Penn, describes how the King “made an exemplary death”,1 kissing the crucifix, beating […]

21 April 1509 – Death of Henry VII and Accession of Henry VIII

| April 21, 2012

21 April 1509 – Death of Henry VII and Accession of Henry VIII

At 11pm on Saturday 21st April 1509, Henry VII died. He had known that he was dying for some time and had retired to Richmond at the end of February to spend his last days there. There is an excellent chapter, “The Art of Dying”, in Thomas Penn’s “Winter King”, in which he describes how […]