2 December 1546 – The Arrest of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

| December 2, 2014

2 December 1546 – The Arrest of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in history, 2nd December 1546, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier and soldier, was arrested after his former friend, Richard Southwell, gave evidence against him. What was Surrey’s crime? Well, he was charged with improper heraldry. According to Southwell, Surrey had used the arms of his ancestor Edward the Confessor in […]

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

| January 19, 2014

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

On this day in history, the 19th January 1547, the poet, courtier and soldier Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey and son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill after being found guilty of treason. He was laid to rest at All Hallows-by-the-Tower but was moved in 1614 by […]

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sentenced to Death

| January 13, 2014

13 January 1547 – Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sentenced to Death

On 13th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet and soldier, was found guilty of treason at London’s Guildhall and sentenced to death. At the trial, Lord Chancellor Wriothesley read out the indictment which had been agreed by a jury at Norwich Castle on 7th January. The indictment stated that “one Henry Howard, late […]

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

| December 12, 2013

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

On 12th December 1546, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his son, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were arrested and taken from Lord Chancellor Wriothesley’s house in Ely Place, Holborn, where they had been interrogated, to the Tower of London. Norfolk was taken to the Tower by barge but his son suffered the humiliation […]

Me, Edmond Bapst and George Boleyn – Am I mad?

| November 4, 2013

Me, Edmond Bapst and George Boleyn – Am I mad?

As many of you will know, I have just published an English translation I commissioned of Edmond Bapst’s 19th century French biography of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: Deux Gentilhommes-Poètes de la Cour de Henry VIII. I want to take this opportunity to explain why I commissioned this project, particularly […]

George Boleyn Biography Published

| October 30, 2013

George Boleyn Biography Published

While researching the Boleyns for my books and for The Anne Boleyn Files, I came across Deux Gentilshommes-Poetes De La Cour De Henry VIII a French biography of George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, written by diplomat Edmond Bapst and published in 1891. My French is quite good so I could […]

Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – 19 January 1547

| January 19, 2013

Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – 19 January 1547

Today marks the anniversary of the execution of the man known as “Henry VIII’s last victim”, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier and soldier, who was executed on 19th January 1547 on Tower Hill for treason. Surrey’s father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, had also been sentenced to death for treason but escaped […]

19 January 1547 – Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

| January 19, 2012

19 January 1547 – Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey

On this day in history, the 19th January 1547, the poet, courtier and soldier Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey and son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill. He was laid to rest at All Hallows-by-the-Tower (All Hallows Barking) but was moved in 1614 by his son Henry, […]