September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

| September 16, 2022

September 16 – Henry VIII enters York with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard

On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1541, as part of their progress to the North, King Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, entered the city of York. This progress had been planned to show the king’s authority to the North, and to give the people an opportunity to show their loyalty […]

July 28 – Henry VIII gets married while his master secretary is executed

| July 28, 2022

July 28 – Henry VIII gets married while his master secretary is executed

On this day in Tudor history 28th July 1540, King Henry VIII married for a fifth time. He married his fourth wife’s maid of honour, the young Catherine Howard, at Oatlands Palace. While the king was getting married, his former chief advisor, Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell was being executed for corruption, heresy and treason. Find […]

June 30 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard set off on their progress to the North

| June 30, 2022

June 30 – Henry VIII and Catherine Howard set off on their progress to the North

On this day in Tudor history, 30th June 1541, King Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Queen Catherine Howard, set off on their progress to the north of England. Little did the king know that he’d be stood up by his nephew, King James V of Scotland, and that his seemingly happy marriage would fall […]

June 20 – Anne of Cleves gets cross about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

| June 20, 2022

June 20 – Anne of Cleves gets cross about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

On this day in Tudor history, 20th June 1540, five months into their marriage, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, got rather cross about her husband’s inappropriate behaviour. Anne complained to her advisor about they king’s interest in one of her maids of honour, a certain Catherine Howard. What exactly was going on and […]

13 February – Bess of Hardwick and the Executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford

| February 13, 2022

13 February – Bess of Hardwick and the Executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford

On this day in history, 13th February 1608, prominent Tudor noblewoman and one of the richest people in England, Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, more commonly known as Bess of Hardwick, died at her home at Hardwick. Bess of Hardwick is known for her building projects, which included Chatsworth and Hardwick Hall, her beautiful needlework […]

10 February – Catherine Howard goes to the Tower and the Murder of Lord Darnley

| February 10, 2022

10 February – Catherine Howard goes to the Tower and the Murder of Lord Darnley

On this day in Tudor history, 10th February 1542, Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was escorted by barge from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution. Sadly, the queen would have seen the heads of her former lover, Francis Dereham, and […]

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 […]