19 September 1580 – The death of the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2017

19 September 1580 – The death of the Dowager Duchess of Suffolk

On the 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon) died after a long illness. She was sixty-one years old. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was born on 22nd March 1519 and was the daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and his wife, Lady Maria […]

Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk – I love her!

| March 22, 2017

Today is the traditional date given for the birth of Katherine Willoughby (married names Brandon and Bertie), Duchess of Suffolk, and a woman who is known for her patronage of the reformed religion and reformists. She is a woman who appeals to me because of her reformed faith (the Reformation is my second favourite Tudor […]

19 September 1580 – The Duchess of Suffolk dies

| September 19, 2016

19 September 1580 – The Duchess of Suffolk dies

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Dowager Duchess of Suffolk, died after a long illness. She was laid to rest at St James’s Church, Spilsby, Lincolnshire and visitors to the church can see the beautiful alabaster tomb of Katherine and her second husband, Richard […]

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2016

14 July 1551 – Young Henry and Charles Brandon die of sweating sickness

On 14th July 1551, fifteen year-old Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and his fourteen year-old brother, Charles, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, died of sweating sickness at the home of the Bishop of Lincoln in Buckden, Huntingdonshire. They were the sons of the late Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk, and his fourth wife Catherine […]

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

| March 22, 2016

22 March 1519 – Birth of Katherine Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk

The 22nd March 1519 is the date traditonally given as the birth date of Katherine Brandon (née Willoughby), Duchess of Suffolk, daughter of William Willoughby, 11th Baron Willoughby de Eresby, and Lady Maria de Salinas, maid-of-honour to Queen Katherine of Aragon. Katherine was born at Parham Old Hall, Suffolk, and baptised at Parham Church a […]

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

| August 14, 2015

Maria de Salinas and Katherina of Aragon – The Depth and Breadth of Friendship

On 29th July I received news that my best friend of thirty-three years had died. I was devastated, particularly as I was actually on my way to spend a few days with her and her family. Su was the best friend a girl could have, and an amazing woman, and I miss her like crazy. […]

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2015

14 July 1551 – The Brandon boys die of sweating sickness

Sweating sickness, or the English Sweat, was a horrible disease which decimated towns and took thousands of lives in its five epidemics in England in 1485, 1508, 1517, 1528 and 1551. It was a disease which killed quickly. Chronicler Edward Hall wrote of how it could kill within 2-3 hours, commenting “some merry at dinner […]

Henry VIII’s Last Love Blog Tour Day 7 – Sanctuary in Poland

| March 15, 2015

Henry VIII’s Last Love Blog Tour Day 7 – Sanctuary in Poland

Today I am honoured to be the final stop on David Baldwin’s blog tour for his book Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors. Amberley Publishing is also offering one lucky Anne Boleyn Files follower a copy of David’s book too – see further down for details. The […]