21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon steals the show

| June 21, 2017

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars, London. The purpose of this court, which was presided over by Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio, was to listen to the testimonies of both the king and queen regarding the validity of […]

18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon reads out her appeal to the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2017

On this day in history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, made her first appearance at the special legatine court which had opened at Blackfriars, in London, on 31st May 1529 to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine. The king sent proxies to […]

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2016

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, just over twenty years after their marriage, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, appeared before Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey had been authorised by papal bull in April 1528 “to take cognisance of all matters […]

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

| June 12, 2016

Catherine of Aragon tells Henry VIII to quit his evil life

On this day in history, Sunday 12th June 1530, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather cross with her errant husband, Henry VIII, telling him to “quit the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Here is an account of the confrontation from Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador: “On this same […]

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, formal proceedings began into Henry VIII’s case for an annulment at a special legatine court presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio at Blackfriars in London. The case came to nothing when it was adjourned in July 1529 for a summer recess, never to […]

In defence of the second wife by Clare Cherry

| May 23, 2016

In defence of the second wife by Clare Cherry

Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, for sharing her thoughts on Anne Boleyn’s position as “the other woman” and second wife. Divorce is highly distressing and stressful, especially when there is a third party involved. Sometimes couples come to the mutual decision that their marriage is at […]

23 May 1533 – The official end of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| May 23, 2016

23 May 1533 – The official end of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

I always find it odd at this time of year that I spend three weeks counting down to Anne Boleyn’s execution in 1536 and then suddenly have to shift gear and go back to the events surrounding her coronation in 1533! What very different years and only three years apart. On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop […]

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| April 5, 2016

5 April 1533 – Convocation rules on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope had no power to dispense in the case of a man marrying his brother’s widow, and that it was contrary to God’s law. Here is the record from Letters and Papers: “Notarial attestation of the […]