September 5 – Catherine Parr, dowager queen, dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2022

September 5 – Catherine Parr, dowager queen, dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in Tudor history, 5th September 1548, in the reign of King Edward VI, Catherine Parr, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and widow of King Henry VIII, died at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Catherine had given birth to a daughter, Mary, six days earlier, and is thought to have died […]

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

| August 30, 2022

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 30th August 1548, in the reign of King Edward VI, the dowager queen, Catherine Parr, sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth at Sudeley Castle. The father of her baby was her husband, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley. The healthy baby girl was named […]

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

| July 31, 2022

July 31 – Elizabeth writes to her stepmother, Catherine Parr

On this day in Tudor history, 31st July 1544 and 1548, in the reigns of Henry VIII and Edward VI, the future Queen Elizabeth I wrote letters to her stepmother, Catherine Parr. The letters were written at very different times in Elizabeth’s life. In 1544, Catherine was married to Elizabeth’s father, Henry VIII, and Elizabeth […]

July 12 – Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, marries King Henry VIII

| July 12, 2022

July 12 – Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, marries King Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 12th July 1543, the twice widowed Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, married King Henry VIII as his sixth and final wife. The thirty-one-year-old Catherine married fifty-two-year-old Henry in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. In the video and transcript below, I share a contemporary account […]

June 13 – A pregnant Catherine Parr travels to Sudeley Castle

| June 13, 2022

June 13 – A pregnant Catherine Parr travels to Sudeley Castle

On this day in Tudor history, 13th June 1548, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, brother of the late Queen Jane Seymour and uncle of King Edward VI, accompanied his wife, Catherine Parr, the dowager queen, on a journey to the Cotswolds. They set off from the dowager queen’s manor of Hanworth in London […]

April 25 – A suddenly hopeful Henry VIII, publication day for Catherine Parr, St Mark’s Day, and a Tudor troublemaker

| April 25, 2022

April 25 – A suddenly hopeful Henry VIII, publication day for Catherine Parr, St Mark’s Day, and a Tudor troublemaker

On this day in 1536, King Henry VIII suddenly seemed very hopeful of a Prince of Wales to succeed him. Did he know something that everyone else didn’t? Was Henry VIII hopeful that Queen Anne Boleyn could still give him a son, or had he, in his mind, moved onto his new flame, Jane Seymour? […]

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2017

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, 5th September 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died early in the morning at Sudelely Castle. She’d given birth to her first child, a daughter named Mary, six days earlier, and it is thought that she died of […]

60 second history – Catherine Parr

| August 31, 2017

60 second history – Catherine Parr

After a bit of a break, I’m back to recording my 60 second history videos. As I’ve explained before, the idea of this 60-second history series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. Die-hard Tudor history fans don’t, of course, need these videos, but I hope they act as introductions to […]