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 […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr’s daughter is born

| August 30, 2017

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr’s daughter is born

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first and only child, a daughter, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The healthy baby girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, eldest daughter of King Henry VIII […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries for a sixth and final time

| July 12, 2017

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII marries for a sixth and final time

On this day in history, 12th July 1543, King Henry VIII took Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, as his sixth and final wife. The wedding took place in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace, which can still be visited today, and was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was […]

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

| September 5, 2016

5 September 1548 – Catherine Parr dies at Sudeley Castle

On this day in history, Wednesday 5th September 1548,”between two and three of the clock in the morning”, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Sudeley, and widow of Henry VIII, died at Sudeley Castle. She was only around thirty-six years of age and died of postpartum complications, probably puerperal fever, having given […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2016

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to a healthy daughter at Sudeley Castle, Gloucestershire. The little girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, who was Catherine Parr’s stepdaughter by her marriage to King Henry VIII. […]