21 January – Henry Howard’s madding time and the Act of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn

| January 21, 2022

21 January – Henry Howard’s madding time and the Act of Attainder against Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn

On the night of this day in Tudor history, 21st January 1543, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Thomas Wyatt the Younger and several other youths went on a five-hour rampage in London. Surrey regretted his actions, calling that night “a madding time”, but the king and the privy council took it seriously. Find out what […]

19 January – Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

| January 19, 2022

19 January – Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke and Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in Tudor history, 19th January 1601, Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Pembroke, died at Wilton, the family home near Salisbury. Who was Henry Herbert? I tell you about this interesting Tudor man in this talk… Also on this day in Tudor history, 19th January 1547, poet, courtier and soldier, Henry Howard, Earl […]

13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason

| January 13, 2022

13 January – The Prince of Poets and Henry Howard is tried for treason

On this day in Tudor history, 13th January 1599, Elizabethan poet and administrator in Ireland, Edmund Spenser, died in Westminster. He was described as “the prince of poets in his time” and is best known for his allegorical poem in praise of Elizabeth I, “The Faerie Queene”. But, did you know that he also upset […]

12 December – A soldier who had to hide from Elizabeth I and London sympathises with the Earl of Surrey

| December 12, 2021

12 December –  A soldier who had to hide from Elizabeth I and London sympathises with the Earl of Surrey

On this day in Tudor history, 12th December 1595, Protestant Welsh soldier and author, Sir Roger Williams, died from a fever with his patron, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex, at his side. He was buried at St Paul’s Cathedral. Williams served as a soldier in the Low Countries and France and was second in command […]

2 December – Elizabeth I finally agreed to sentence Mary, Queen of Scots; to death and Henry Howard was arrested

| December 2, 2021

2 December – Elizabeth I finally agreed to sentence Mary, Queen of Scots; to death and Henry Howard was arrested

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd December 1586, following a joint petition from the Houses of Lords and Commons, Elizabeth I finally agreed to a public proclamation of sentence against Mary, Queen of Scots: death. Mary had been found guilty of high treason back in October 1586, but Elizabeth had not wanted to contemplate […]

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard is tried for treason

| January 13, 2018

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard is tried for treason

On this day in history, 13th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet and soldier, and son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was tried for treason at a common inquest at Guildhall, London. Charles Wriothesley records the trial in his chronicle: “The 13th daie of Januarie was arraigned at the Guildhall Henrie […]

19 January 1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed

| January 19, 2017

19 January 1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, is executed

On this day in history, 19th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill. Surrey was the son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and so was the cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. He was laid to rest at All […]

2 December 1546 – Henry Howard is in big trouble

| December 2, 2016

2 December 1546 – Henry Howard is in big trouble

On this day in history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier, soldier and the eldest son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was arrested after Richard Southwell, his former friend, gave evidence against him. François van der Delft, the imperial ambassador, reported to Emperor Charles V on 14th December that […]