October 15 – The christening of Edward VI

| October 15, 2022

October 15 – The christening of Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 15th October 1537, King Henry VIII’s newborn son and heir, Prince Edward (the future King Edward VI), was christened in a lavish ceremony in the Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace. He was three days old. In the video and transcript below, I share details of Edward VI’s christening, […]

October 12 – The birth of King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII

| October 12, 2022

October 12 – The birth of King Edward VI, son of Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 12th October 1537, on the eve of the Feast of St Edward the Confessor, King Edward VI was born at Hampton Court Palace. Edward VI was the son of King Henry VIII and his third wife, Jane Seymour. London celebrated the birth of England’s new prince, but, of course, […]

September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

| September 11, 2022

September 11 – Barnaby Fitzpatrick, a friend of King Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 11th September 1581, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Barnaby Fitzpatrick, 2nd Baron of Upper Ossory, died in Dublin, at the home of surgeon, William Kelly. Fitzpatrick had been a close friend of Edward VI in his youth and had been educated with him. Historians once believed him […]

August 28 – A defiant Mary

| August 28, 2022

August 28 – A defiant Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 28th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, future Mary I, received a visit from a delegation of men. The men had been sent by the thirteen-year-old King Edward VI. Thirty-five-year-old Mary was being defiant and disobedient. She was ignoring Edward’s orders and […]

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

| August 19, 2022

August 19 – Mary is not going to obey her half-brother, Edward VI

On this day in Tudor history, 19th August 1551, in the reign of King Edward VI, the king’s half-sister, Mary, the future Mary I, wrote to the king regarding orders that he had sent, orders that she was not going to obey. As historian Henry Ellis noted, this letter is evidence of Mary’s talent at […]

August 5 – The Battle of Clyst St Mary

| August 5, 2022

August 5 – The Battle of Clyst St Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 5th August 1549, during the reign of King Edward VI, son of King Henry VIII, the Battle of Clyst St Mary took place near Exeter, in Devon. This battle, which saw the Crown forces victorious, was part of the Prayer Book Rebellion, a rebellion against the religious measures of […]

July 7 – News of Edward VI’s death reaches Mary

| July 7, 2022

July 7 – News of Edward VI’s death reaches Mary

On this day in Tudor history, 7th July 1553, news of King Edward VI’s death reached his eldest half-sister, Mary. Where was Mary when she received the news? What was she doing and what happened next? Find out in this #TudorHistoryShorts video: If you’d like to know more about the events of July 1553, the […]

18 Interesting Facts about Edward VI

| June 23, 2021

18 Interesting Facts about Edward VI

In this latest edition of her “Facts about….” series, I share interesting facts about Edward VI, the boy king, son of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour. How many of these facts about Edward VI do you know? Hopefully at least a few of them surprised you! Find out more about Edward VI in the Edward […]

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