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

| January 21, 2022

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 […]

11 November – Philippe de Chabot landed on English soil and Queen Catherine Howard is moved to Syon House

| November 11, 2021

11 November – Philippe de Chabot landed on English soil and Queen Catherine Howard is moved to Syon House

On this day in Tudor history, 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, had been put in charge of meeting the admiral […]

6 November – Catherine of Aragon met her betrothed for the first time and Catherine Howard was abandoned by Henry VIII

| November 6, 2021

6 November – Catherine of Aragon met her betrothed for the first time and Catherine Howard was abandoned by Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 6th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, met her betrothed, Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII, at Dogmersfield in Hampshire. The couple were actually already married by proxy, but had never met, and Catherine had […]

2 November – The birth of King Edward V and the beginning of the end for Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2021

2 November – The birth of King Edward V and the beginning of the end for Catherine Howard

On this day in history, 2nd November 1470, the feast of All Souls, King Edward V was born at Westminster Abbey, London. Young Edward was King of England for just 2 months in 1483 before he disappeared. The events of his short life, his short reign and how it ended, are linked to the Tudors […]

25 Interesting facts about Catherine Howard

| May 2, 2021

25 Interesting facts about Catherine Howard

I’m continuing my “facts about” series on The Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel with a look at Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard. Here are 25 interesting facts about Queen Catherine Howard…

Catherine Howard’s execution – What happened?

| February 27, 2021

Catherine Howard’s execution – What happened?

A big thank you to Naomi for her question regarding the executions of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford. In Showtime’s “The Tudors” series, it shows Jane Boleyn being executed first, but was that really the case? I look at what really happened on 13th February 1542 and also […]

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

| November 7, 2020

Were Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard pawns of their families

In this latest edition of my Questions about Anne Boleyn series, I consider whether Anne Boleyn and her cousin, Catherine Howard, were pawns of their families and whether the Boleyns and Howards deserve to be blamed for their subsequent executions. Did Thomas and Elizabeth Boleyn, and Elizabeth’s brother, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, force […]

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

| July 28, 2018

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, forty-nine-year-old King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was about seventeen years old, at Oatlands Palace. The groom’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, had only been annulled on 9th July, so Henry’s fifth wedding was a low-key, private affair and news of the […]