May 23 – Henry VIII finally gets his annulment

| May 23, 2022

May 23 – Henry VIII finally gets his annulment

On this day in Tudor history, 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, declared the sentence of the special court that had met at Dunstable Priory in Bedfordshire. The Dunstable Priory court had convened to hear the case for the annulment of King Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Predictably, the court […]

April 9 – A queen is demoted and the death of Richard Bertie

| April 9, 2022

April 9 – A queen is demoted and the death of Richard Bertie

On this day in Tudor history, 9th April, Catherine of Aragon, who’d been banished from the royal court after opposing her husband King Henry VIII’s plans to annul their marriage, received a visit from a delegation of the king’s councillors. They were there to inform her that she was no longer queen. Catherine was a […]

April 5 – A cook is boiled to death and a pope is wrong!

| April 5, 2022

April 5 – A cook is boiled to death and a pope is wrong!

On this day in Tudor history, 5th April 1531, Richard Roose, the cook of Bishop John Fisher’s household, was boiled to death for high treason at Smithfield. He was found guilty of high treason by an act of Parliament, but why? What happened and why did King Henry VIII take a personal interest in this […]

28 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn is the rightful queen!

| May 28, 2021

28 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn is the rightful queen!

I always find it strange at this time of year to switch from writing about Anne Boleyn’s final days in May 1536 to the lead-up to her coronation in May 1533. How different things were just three years apart. On this day in Tudor history, 28th May 1533, over four months after Henry VIII had […]

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

| June 12, 2019

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, King Henry VIII got criticised for “the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Who had the nerve to speak like this to King Henry VIII? His wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was at her wit’s end with her husband’s […]

5 January 1531 – You shall not remarry!

| January 5, 2018

5 January 1531 – You shall not remarry!

OK, so it wasn’t Gandalf that said this, it was actually the pope – sorry! Yes, on this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII telling him that he could not remarry while the case for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was still on-going. If […]

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, formal proceedings began into Henry VIII’s case for an annulment at a special legatine court presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio at Blackfriars in London. The case came to nothing when it was adjourned in July 1529 for a summer recess, never to […]

15 March 1532 – Henry VIII uses foul language to his archbishop

| March 15, 2016

15 March 1532 – Henry VIII uses foul language to his archbishop

Breaking news! Yes, on this day in history, 15th March 1532, King Henry VIII used “foul language” to William Warham, Archbishop of Canturbury, after the archbishop criticised the king in the House of Lords when Parliament was discussing the proposed annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Carlo Capello, the Venetian ambassador, recorded […]