July 14 – The sons of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, die of sweating sickness

| July 14, 2022

July 14 – The sons of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, die of sweating sickness

On this day in Tudor history, 14th July 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the sons of Catherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk, and the late Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, died at Buckden. Fifteen-year-old Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk, and his fourteen-year-old brother, Charles, 3rd Duke of Suffolk, had been taken ill […]

3 March – Edward IV’s son dies of a heart attack in the Tower of London and A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

| March 3, 2022

3 March – Edward IV’s son dies of a heart attack in the Tower of London and A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd March 1542, Arthur Plantagenet, Lord Lisle, courtier, soldier, diplomat, administrator and illegitimate son of Edward IV, died of a heart attack after being informed of his release from the Tower of London. How very sad! Find out all about Lord Lisle’s background, his career in Henry VII and […]

Did Charles Brandon have a French mistress?

| February 8, 2021

Did Charles Brandon have a French mistress?

In this edition of “Fan Questions”, questions asked by my YouTube viewers, I answer a question about Showtime’s “The Tudors” series. Annette from Michigan, US, wanted to know about a storyline concerning Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, in Season 4 of The Tudors. Did Charles Brandon really have a French mistress who accompanied him back […]

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

| March 3, 2018

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

This day in history, 3rd March 1515, is one of the dates given in the contemporary sources for the secret marriage of Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis […]

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

| February 1, 2018

1 February 1514 – Charles Brandon is made Duke of Suffolk and Thomas Howard is made Duke of Norfolk

On this day in history, 1st February 1514, Candlemas Eve, King Henry VIII granted the dukedom of Suffolk to Charles Brandon, his future brother-in-law and close friend. He also granted the dukedom of Norfolk to Thomas Howard (Earl of Surrey and son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk) and Thomas’s son, who was also […]

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

| March 10, 2017

10 March 1524 – King Henry VIII has an accident

On this day in history, 10th March 1524, thirty-two-year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident. The king had forgotten to lower the visor of his headpiece and was struck by his good friend and brother-in-law, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, on the brow. It could have been a very serious accident “for the Duke’s […]

22 August 1545 – The death of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

| August 22, 2016

22 August 1545 – The death of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

At four o’clock on the afternoon of 22nd August 1545, Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, magnate, courtier, soldier and King Henry VIII’s great friend, died of unknown causes at Guildford as he prepared to lead an army to Boulogne. Although as his biographer, Sarah Bryson, points out, Suffolk requested to be buried at Tattershall, in […]

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 […]