August 11 – Henry VIII’s awful treatment of friars

| August 11, 2022

August 11 – Henry VIII’s awful treatment of friars

On this day in Tudor history, 11th August 1534, or shortly before, Henry VIII and his government expelled the friars observant from their religious houses. The expulsion was due to the friars’ support of Catherine of Aragon, the king’s first wife, and their refusal to accept the king as supreme head of the Church in […]

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

| June 19, 2022

June 19 – More Carthusian monks meet brutal ends

On this day in Tudor history, 19th June 1535, in the reign of King Henry VIII, three monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their names were Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore and they were executed for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as supreme […]

June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

| June 10, 2022

June 10 – The arrest of Thomas Cromwell, and two monks are starved to death

On this day in Tudor history, 10th June 1540, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s right-hand man and ‘fixer’, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, was arrested and taken to the Tower of London. Find out what happened on that day… And three years earlier, on this day in 1537, two Carthusian monks […]

Day 7 of the Discover the Tudors Tour

| September 22, 2018

Day 7 of the Discover the Tudors Tour

After another delicious breakfast at the Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon – French toast and I shared it with Francis I and Elizabeth I, as you can see! – we said our goodbyes to Stratford and set off for London. We arrived in London for lunch and then headed to London Charterhouse. London Charterhouse has such […]

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

| June 19, 2016

19 June 1535 – 3 Carthusian monks martyred

On 19 June 1535, three monks, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their executions were witnessed by George Boleyn and Thomas Boleyn, Queen Anne Boleyn’s brother and father; Thomas Howard, Duke of Norfolk; Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, […]

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

| August 4, 2015

4 August – A Burial and a Burning

On this day in history, 4th August 1540, Brother William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse was hanged, disembowelled and quartered at Tyburn. Horne was one of eighteen Carthusian monks to be out to death between May 1535 and August 1540 for denying King Henry VIII’s supremacy. You can read more about Horne in my […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

| June 19, 2014

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore

On 19 June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, monks of the Carthusian Order of London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn. Their crime was refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church after his marriage to Anne Boleyn and subsequent break with Rome. Between May […]

4 August 1557 – Burial of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

| August 4, 2013

4 August 1557 – Burial of Anne of Cleves, Fourth Wife of Henry VIII

On 4th August 1557 merchant-taylor and diarist Henry Machyn recorded that there was a requiem mass for “my lady prenses of Cleyff” with a “godly sermon” by the Lord Abbot of Westminster. Her coffin was then taken to her tomb and her body interred with the cloth-of-gold laid over her. Then, her head officers broke […]