14 November – A wedding anniversary for Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November and the Feast of St Erkenwald, there may have been two royal Tudor weddings. We know that Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, married Arthur, Prince of Wales, eldest son of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, on […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon leaves her native Spain

| September 27, 2016

27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon leaves her native Spain

On this day in history, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of the 27th September 1501, Catherine of Aragon set sail for England from Laredo in Spain to marry Henry VII’s son and heir to the throne, Prince Arthur. Catherine had originally set sail from Coruna on the 17th August, but strong storms in the […]

6 November 1501 – Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales, meet for the first time

| November 6, 2015

6 November 1501 – Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales, meet for the first time

On this day in history, 6th November 1501,1 Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, met Arthur, Prince of Wales, the man she would soon marry, at Dogmersfield in Hampshire, a palace that belonged to the Bishop of Bath and Wells. Fifteen year-old Catherine had left her home, […]

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1501 – The Marriage of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur, Prince of Wales

On 14th November 1501, Catherine of Aragon married Arthur, Prince of Wales at St Paul’s Cathedral. Giles Tremlett,1 author of Catherine of Aragon: Henry’s Spanish Queen, writes of how a huge wooden stage, measuring twelve feet by 350 feet, had been erected in the cathedral. It stood on four foot struts and its railings were […]

St Erkenwald’s Day – The 1532 Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the 1501 Marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Catherine of Aragon

| November 14, 2013

St Erkenwald’s Day – The 1532 Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, and the 1501 Marriage of Arthur, Prince of Wales, and Catherine of Aragon

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn returned from their trip to Calais on St Erkenwald’s Day (14th November) 1532, landing at Dover, on the Kent coast, at 5am.1 The couple then took their time travelling to London. Eustace Chapuys, the Imperial ambassador, wrote that the King spent a few days in Dover and the surrounding area […]