8 May 1536 – The vultures begin to circle

| May 8, 2015

8 May 1536 – The vultures begin to circle

On 8th May 1536, while Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, Sir William Brereton, George Boleyn, Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt were in prison at the Tower of London, courtiers were busy writing letters to put forward their claims for offices and titles that may soon become vacant. In […]

2 May 1536 – Henry VIII meets with his illegitimate son

| May 2, 2015

2 May 1536 – Henry VIII meets with his illegitimate son

According to Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador, on the same day that Anne Boleyn was arrested and taken to the Tower of London, Henry VIII met with his illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond: “On the afternoon of the very day on which the concubine was lodged in the Tower, as the duke of […]

26 November 1533 – Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Son Gets Married

| November 26, 2014

26 November 1533 – Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Son Gets Married

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

22 July 1536 – The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace

| July 22, 2014

22 July 1536 – The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, at St James’s Palace

On this day in 1536 (some sources say 23rd), seventeen year-old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died at St James’s Palace. It is thought that he died of some kind of pulmonary infection, such as tuberculosis (consumption). Fitzroy was the illegitimate son, and only son at this point, of Henry VIII. His mother […]

Researching “Brazen” by Katherine Longshore and Book Giveaway

| June 2, 2014

Researching “Brazen” by Katherine Longshore and Book Giveaway

Today, I am honoured for The Anne Boleyn Files to be a stop on author Katherine Longshore’s blog tour. Katherine shares with us how she goes about researching her books, and specifically her latest novel Brazen. Over to Katherine… When people ask how much time I spend researching my novels, I usually tell them five […]

8 May 1536 – The Vultures Descend

| May 8, 2014

8 May 1536 – The Vultures Descend

On 8th May 1536, just over a week after the first arrest and four days before the trial of Mark Smeaton, Sir Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston and William Brereton, courtiers were already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their falls from grace. These men had not been found guilty of anything yet, […]

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 […]

22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

| July 22, 2013

22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

On the 22nd July 1536, the seventeen year-old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and Henry VIII’s illegitimate son by Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount, died of some sort of pulmonary infection at St James’s Palace. He was buried at Thetford Priory and then, when the the priory was dissolved, moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham. […]