29 November – Courtier Anthony Browne dies a natural death whilst having served through 4 reigns and Cardinal Wolsey cheats the executioner

| November 29, 2021

29 November – Courtier Anthony Browne dies a natural death whilst having served through 4 reigns and Cardinal Wolsey cheats the executioner

On this day in Tudor history, 29th November 1528, nobleman and courtier, Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount Montagu, was born. Montagu began his court career with the help of his father in Henry VIII’s reign. served as a privy councillor in Mary I’s reign, and died a natural death as a wealthy man in Elizabeth I’s […]

4 November – The imprisonment of a treasonous family and the arrest of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

| November 4, 2021

4 November – The imprisonment of a treasonous family and the arrest of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

On this day in Tudor history, 4th November 1538, Henry Pole, 1st Baron Montagu, his brother-in-law, Sir Edward Neville; Henry Courtenay, Marquis of Exeter; Courtenay’s wife, Gertrude Blount, and the couple’s son, Edward Courtenay, were all arrested for treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London. Montagu, Neville and Exeter, along with Montagu’s brother, Geoffrey […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey cheats the axeman

| November 29, 2017

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey cheats the axeman

On this day in history, 29th November 1530, at around 8 o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested at his home, Cawood Castle, at the beginning of the month and was on his way to London to answer charges of treason. […]

18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

| October 18, 2017

18 October 1529 – Cardinal Wolsey surrenders the Great Seal

On this day in history, 18th October 1529, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey surrendered the Great Seal of his Lord Chancellorship following the writ of praemunire being filed against him on the 9th October 1529. Jean du Bellay, the French ambassador, recorded this in a letter to Anne, Duke of Montmorency, written on 22nd October: “On Tuesday […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey dies at Leicester

| November 29, 2015

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Wolsey dies at Leicester

On 29th November 1530, at around eight o’clock in the morning, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died in Leicester at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis. The cardinal had stopped at the abbey while travelling from his home, Cawood Castle in Yorkshire, to London to face charges of high treason. On the journey, he’d been taken […]

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

| November 29, 2014

29 November 1530 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey Dies

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. He had stopped at the abbey while on his way from his home, Cawood Castle in Yorkshire, to London to face charges of high treason. Wolsey’s famous last words were “I se the matter […]

29 November 1530 – The Death of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey at Leicester Abbey

| November 29, 2013

29 November 1530 – The Death of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey at Leicester Abbey

At around 8am on the 29th November 1530, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey died at the Abbey of St Mary de Pratis, Leicester. Wolsey had been arrested for high treason at Cawood Castle, his home in North Yorkshire, on 4th November and taken into custody by the Earl of Northumberland and William Walsh. He bade farewell to […]

31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

| May 31, 2013

31 May 1529 – Opening of the Legatine Court at Blackfriars

On 31st May 1529, the formal trial to investigate Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was opened at Blackfriars. A papal bull in April 1528 had given Cardinal Wolsey the authority to “to take cognisance of all matters concerning the King’s divorce” in England, with the assistance of […]