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7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

| November 7, 2017

7 November 1541 – The queen is confined to her chambers

On this day in history, 7th November 1541, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard, received important visitors in her apartments at Hampton Court Palace. The visitors were Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and they hadn’t come to exchange pleasantries or pass on a message from the king, they […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

22 December 1541 – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

| December 22, 2015

22 December 1541  – The Howards and Tilneys tried for misprision of treason

On this day in 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life” of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. The people listed in the trial documents included Lord […]

1 December 1541 – The Trial of Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper

| December 1, 2015

1 December 1541 – The Trial of Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper

On 1st December 1541, Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, and Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber, were tried for treason at Guildhall. Both men were found guilty and condemned to death. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley records: “This yeare, the fyrst daye of December, was arrigned at the Guyld […]

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

| November 7, 2015

7 November 1541 – Queen Catherine Howard is in trouble

On 7th November 1541, Queen Catherine Howard received important visitors to her apartments at Hampton Court Palace, and they weren’t welcome ones. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer and Catherine’s uncle, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, had been sent to interrogate the Queen and to arrange that she should be confined to her chambers. Eustace Chapuys, the […]

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2015

2 November 1541 – A bad All Souls’ Day for Henry VIII

Happy All Souls’ Day! Unfortunately, back in 1541 All Souls’ Day was not a happy day for Henry VIII and any thoughts or prayers he had for departed loved ones were soon forgotten when he attended All Souls’ mass and found a letter left for him in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace. […]

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

| February 10, 2015

10 February 1542 – Catherine Howard is taken to the Tower of London

On 10 February 1542, Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, was taken from Syon to the Tower of London by barge. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador at Henry VIII’s court, recorded Catherine’s journey: “Some days after, that is to say on the afternoon of the 10th, the Queen after some difficulty and resistance was […]