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10 March 1524 – Henry VIII laughs off a jousting accident

| March 10, 2016

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII laughs off a jousting accident

It is easy to forget when looking at later portraits of Henry VIII and hearing about him being so overweight and ill that he had to be carried around on a special chair, that Henry VIII was once a keen sportsman. He was not just an enthusiastic sportsman, he was actually good as well. One […]

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 […]

Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

| March 4, 2015

Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk

Charles Brandon was one of Henry VIII’s best friends. He was born circa 1484 to Sir William Brandon and Elizabeth Bruyn, and his father died carrying Henry VII’s standard at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. It is thought that Brandon grew up in the household of his uncle, Sir Thomas Brandon, a leading courtier […]

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

| October 25, 2014

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

On 25th October 1532 King Francis I of France made Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Knights of the Order of St Michel, which was the French equivalent of the Order of the Garter. Wynkyn de Worde recorded this event in his The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys […]

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

| October 19, 2014

19 October 1536 – Henry VIII Gets Tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebels

On the 19th October 1536, Henry VIII got tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels. In a letter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry wrote: “You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and cause all the boats […]

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

| September 19, 2014

19 September 1580 – Death of Katherine Bertie (Willoughby/Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk

On this day in history, 19th September 1580, Katherine Bertie (née Willoughby and previous married name Brandon), Duchess of Suffolk, died at the age of sixty-one after a long illness. She was buried in Spilsby church, Lincolnshire. Katherine was the wife of Richard Bertie and had previously been married to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, […]

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

| March 10, 2014

10 March 1524 – Henry VIII has a Jousting Accident

On this day in 1524, the thirty-two year-old King Henry VIII suffered a jousting accident after he forgot to lower his visor in a joust against Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Tudor chronicler, Edward Hall, gives the following account of the accident: “The 10th day of March, the king having a new harness [armour] made […]

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

| August 22, 2013

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

On this day in history, 22nd August 1485, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor, son of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, met on a field near Market Bosworth in rural Leicestershire. Richard was killed in the battle and Henry was crowned King Henry VII, starting a […]