26 November 1533 – The Marriage of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Lady Mary Howard

| November 26, 2013

26 November 1533 – The Marriage of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Lady Mary Howard

On the 26th November 1533, Henry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond and Somerset, married Lady Mary Howard at Hampton Court Palace. Richmond was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII, by his mistress Elizabeth Blount, and Mary was the daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his second wife, Elizabeth Stafford. The bride and […]

15 June 1519 – Traditional Date for Birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

| June 15, 2013

15 June 1519 – Traditional Date for Birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

The 15th June 1519 is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, in Blackmore, Essex. Richmond was the acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount. Bessie had been sent by Cardinal Wolsey to reside at the prior’s house of the Priory of […]

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

| May 8, 2013

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

It was the way of the Tudor court, as men fell from favour others were waiting in the wings to mop up the crumbs and gain from their fall. It seems brutal to us today, but I guess it’s human nature; there are always people looking to see how they can gain from another’s misfortune. […]

22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Illegitimate son of Henry VIII

| July 22, 2012

22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Illegitimate son of Henry VIII

On the 22nd July* 1536, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died of some type of pulmonary infection, probably tuberculosis, at St James’s Palace; he was just seventeen years old. Fitzroy was buried at Thetford Priory and then, when the the priory was dissolved, moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham. […]

Henry Fitzroy Marries Mary Howard

| November 25, 2010

Henry Fitzroy Marries Mary Howard

On this day in history, 25th November 1533 (some say 26th), Henry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond and illegitimate son of Henry VIII, married Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and the cousin of Anne Boleyn. Richmond and Mary were both 14 years of age. You can read more about […]

The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

| July 22, 2010

The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

On this day in history, the 22nd July 1536 (some sources state 23rd July), Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and the Earl of Nottingham, died at the age of 17. His death was a huge blow for Henry VIII, not only because he loved his son deeply but […]