10 January – A priest caught by a priestfinder and torturer, and the ends of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| January 10, 2022

10 January – A priest caught by a priestfinder and torturer, and the ends of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1591, Roman Catholic priest Edmund Gennings and Catholic Swithin Wells were executed on a scaffold set up outside Wells’ house at Holborn. Gennings had been caught celebrating mass at Wells’ home by the famous Elizabethan priestfinder and torturer, Richard Topcliffe, who punished him by throwing him into […]

10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2021

10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1591, Roman Catholic priest Edmund Gennings and Catholic Swithin Wells were executed on a scaffold set up outside Wells’ house at Holborn. Gennings had been caught celebrating mass at Wells’ home by the famous Elizabethan priestfinder and torturer, Richard Topcliffe, who punished him by throwing him into […]

1 December – A Catholic priest was tortured then executed and Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were found guilty of high treason

| December 1, 2021

1 December –  A Catholic priest was tortured then executed and Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were found guilty of high treason

On this day in Tudor history, 1st December 1581, twenty-five-year-old Roman Catholic priest Alexander Briant was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, along with Ralph Sherwin and Edmund Campion. Briant had been imprisoned, starved, racked and tortured in other awful ways, but he claimed that he felt no pain due to God’s help. He refused […]

10 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are put to death

| December 10, 2018

10 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are put to death

On 10th December 1541, just a month and eight days after an investigation into Queen Catherine Howard’s past was ordered, two men were executed at Tyburn. They were Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of the privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, a member of the queen’s household. Both men had been tried for treason at Guildhall on […]

10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

| December 10, 2017

10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

On this day in history, 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Both had been found guilty of high treason for their relationships with the queen at their trial on 1st December 1541 and had […]

1 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for treason

| December 1, 2017

1 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for treason

On 1st December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a member of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were tried for high treason at Guildhall, London. They had both been linked romantically with the queen. Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, recorded that “after a long discussion lasting six hours” the two […]

2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2017

2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

On All Souls’ Day 1541, Catherine Howard, niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and cousin of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, had been queen for just 15 months. She had married Henry VIII as his fifth wife on 28th July 1540, following the annulment of his six month marriage to Anne of Cleves, […]

10 December 1541 – The awful fate of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2016

10 December 1541 – The awful fate of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Dereham suffered a full traitor’s death, being “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” while Culpeper’s sentence was commuted to beheading. Their heads were then set on pikes and displayed on […]