8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

| January 8, 2022

8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

On this day in Tudor history, 8th January 1571, Mary Shelton (married names: Heveningham and Appleyard) was buried at Heveningham Church, Suffolk. Mary Shelton was Queen Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady-in-waiting, and may also have been King Henry VIII’s mistress. She also contributed to the Devonshire Manuscript with the likes of Mary Howard, Lady Margaret […]

1 January – Chapuys visits the dying Queen Catherine, and Granada surrenders

| January 2, 2022

1 January – Chapuys visits the dying Queen Catherine, and Granada surrenders

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd January 1536, imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, visited his good friend, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII and a woman who was now officially called the Dowager Princess of Wales. Catherine was seriously ill, in fact, she was dying, and this would be the last time […]

16 December – The death of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, and the birth of Catherine of Aragon

| December 16, 2021

16 December – The death of George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, and the birth of Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 16th (or possibly the 18th) December 1503, George Grey, 2nd Earl of Kent, died at Ampthill, Bedfordshire. Grey served as a soldier under Henry VII, was on the king’s council, and served him as Constable of Northampton Castle and as a judge at the trial of Edward, Earl of […]

9 November – The Northern Rebellion against Elizabeth I and the birth of the stillborn daughter of Catherine of Aragon

| November 9, 2021

9 November – The Northern Rebellion against Elizabeth I and the birth of the stillborn daughter of Catherine of Aragon

This day in Tudor history, 9th November 1569, is the traditional date given for the start of the only major armed rebellion of Elizabeth I’s reign. It’s known as The Northern Rebellion or Rising of the North or Revolt of the Northern Earls. Northern earls Charles Neville, 6th Earl of Westmorland and Thomas Percy, 7th […]

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 […]

Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

| September 21, 2021

Did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor consummate their marriage?

Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales, were married from 14th November 1501 until Arthur’s death on 2nd April 1502, but did they consummate their marriage? They certainly slept in the same bed, but did Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor have sex? Find out what people said at the Legatine court hearing […]

16 interesting facts about Catherine of Aragon

| March 28, 2021

16 interesting facts about Catherine of Aragon

Catherine of Aragon was the first wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of Queen Mary I and the aunt of Emperor Charles V, but there are lots more interesting facts about this Tudor woman. In this talk, I share 16 interesting facts about this Tudor queen consort. How many of them do you already […]

The death of a banished queen

| January 7, 2021

The death of a banished queen

On this day in history, 7th January 1536, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, died at Kimbolton Castle. It was a sad end to the woman who’d been Henry VIII’s queen consort for well over 20 years. She’d been banished from court, separated from her daughter and demoted to Dowager Princess of […]