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. […]

15 June 1519 – Traditional Date for Birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

| June 15, 2013

15 June 1519 – Traditional Date for Birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

The 15th June 1519 is the date traditionally given for the birth of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, in Blackmore, Essex. Richmond was the acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII by his mistress Elizabeth (Bessie) Blount. Bessie had been sent by Cardinal Wolsey to reside at the prior’s house of the Priory of […]

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

| May 8, 2013

8 May 1536 – Vultures Hover over the Spoils of the Fallen

It was the way of the Tudor court, as men fell from favour others were waiting in the wings to mop up the crumbs and gain from their fall. It seems brutal to us today, but I guess it’s human nature; there are always people looking to see how they can gain from another’s misfortune. […]

2 May 1536 – To the Tower

| May 2, 2013

2 May 1536 – To the Tower

At dawn on 2nd May 1536, Sir Henry Norris, Henry VIII’s Groom of the Stool and great friend, was taken to the Tower of London. He had been held at York Place overnight after being interrogated by the King, but “would confess nothing to the King.”1 Mark Smeaton had also been taken to the Tower, […]