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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 […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

| June 19, 2013

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

On 19th June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, three Carthusian monks from the London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded their executions in his chronicle: “The 19th day of […]

10 June 1537 – Deaths of Two Carthusian Monks from Starvation

| June 10, 2013

10 June 1537 – Deaths of Two Carthusian Monks from Starvation

On 10th June 1537, two Carthusian monks from the London Charter House, Blessed Thomas Green and Blessed Walter Pierson, died from starvation in Newgate Prison. They were two of nine monks who were purposely starved to death for refusing to accept the royal supremacy. Others were hanged, drawn and quartered. A total of eighteen Cathusian […]

4 May 1535 – The Executions of the Carthusian Martyrs

| May 4, 2013

4 May 1535 – The Executions of the Carthusian Martyrs

On 4th May 1535 three prominent Carthusian monks were put to death at Tyburn, along with a Bridgettine monk and a priest. They were executed for refusing to accept the King as the Supreme Head of the Church and “for writing and giving counsel against the King”. The men were John Houghton, Robert Lawrence and […]