22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Illegitimate son of Henry VIII

| July 22, 2012

22 July 1536 – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Illegitimate son of Henry VIII

On the 22nd July* 1536, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died of some type of pulmonary infection, probably tuberculosis, at St James’s Palace; he was just seventeen years old. Fitzroy was buried at Thetford Priory and then, when the the priory was dissolved, moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham. […]

22 July – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

| July 22, 2011

22 July – Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond

On the 22nd July 1536*, Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, eighteen year old Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond, died at St James’s Palace, probably of tuberculosis. Burial arrangements were left to the Duke of Norfolk, who arranged for Fitzroy to be buried at Thetford Priory in Norfolk. He was later moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, […]

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

| May 8, 2011

8 May 1536 – Clamouring for the Spoils

Queen Anne Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Henry Norris, Sir Francis Weston, William Brereton, George Boleyn (Lord Rochford), Sir Richard Page and Sir Thomas Wyatt are all in prison and, as yet, have not been to trial, yet courtiers are already clamouring over the spoils that may result from their fall from grace. It really is sickening […]

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

| March 18, 2011

Henry VIII’s Illegitimate Children

I’ve just written an article over at The Elizabeth Files about Elizabeth’s possible illegitimate siblings. Henry VIII recognised one illegitimate child as his – Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond – but were there others he did not formally recognise? In my article, I discuss Henry Fitzroy, Catherine and Henry Carey, John Perrot, Thomas Stukeley and […]

Henry Fitzroy Marries Mary Howard

| November 25, 2010

Henry Fitzroy Marries Mary Howard

On this day in history, 25th November 1533 (some say 26th), Henry Fitzroy, the Duke of Richmond and illegitimate son of Henry VIII, married Lady Mary Howard, daughter of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and the cousin of Anne Boleyn. Richmond and Mary were both 14 years of age. You can read more about […]

The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

| July 22, 2010

The Death of Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

On this day in history, the 22nd July 1536 (some sources state 23rd July), Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, Henry Fitzroy, 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset, and the Earl of Nottingham, died at the age of 17. His death was a huge blow for Henry VIII, not only because he loved his son deeply but […]

William Brereton – Part 1

| November 10, 2009

William Brereton – Part 1

Today I’m going to continue my series of articles on the five men that were executed for adultery with Anne Boleyn by looking at William Brereton. I’ve really enjoyed researching Brereton because he is a fascinating character and quite different to the other men, in that he was a lot older than men like Rochford, […]