September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

| September 29, 2022

September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

On this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1528, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio landed at Dover on the south coast of England. Campeggio had been sent as a papal legate to hear Henry VIII’s case for annulment along with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s vice-regent. The […]

September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

| September 27, 2022

September 27 – Catherine of Aragon sets sail for England

On this day in Tudor history, 27th September 1501, in the reign of King Henry VII, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Ferdinand II of Aragon and Isabella I of Castile, set sail from Laredo in Spain. Catherine was headed for England to marry Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, eldest son and heir of King Henry […]

July 3 – Catherine of Aragon has a very bad day

| July 3, 2022

July 3 – Catherine of Aragon has a very bad day

This day in Tudor history, 3rd July 1533, was a bad day for Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII. Not only did Catherine have a sore foot from treading on a pin and a bad cough, but she was also told that she had to stop calling herself queen. Catherine was not […]

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

| June 21, 2022

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

On this day in Tudor history, 21st June 1529, ten days after her 20th wedding anniversary, Queen Catherine of Aragon appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars and delivered an impassioned speech which stole the show. This court was hearing the case for the annulment of Catherine’s marriage to the king, and Catherine was going […]

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

| June 12, 2022

June 12 – Catherine of Aragon accuses Henry VIII of being a bad example!

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, twenty-one years and a day after they got married, Queen Catherine of Aragon got rather angry with her husband, King Henry VIII. Catherine accused the king of leading an evil life and setting a bad example. What led to these accusations? What had Henry VIII done […]

June 11 – 17-year-old Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon

| June 11, 2022

June 11 – 17-year-old Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon

On this in Tudor history, 11 June 1509, two months after his accession to the throne of England, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon (Catalina de Aragón) at a private ceremony at Greenwich. This was twenty-three-year-old Catherine’s second marriage. Her first husband, Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, Henry VIII’s older brother, […]

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

| June 5, 2022

June 5 – Maria de Salinas, a good friend to Queen Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 5th June 1516, Spaniard Maria de Salinas married William, 10th Lord Willoughby of Eresby. Maria and William were the parents of Catherine Willoughby, who went on to marry Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Maria was also a good friend of Catherine of Aragon and managed to be with the […]