31 March 1532 – Henry VIII is much displeased

| March 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st March 1532, King Henry VIII was “much displeased” with the Easter Sunday sermon preached by Princess Mary’s confessor, Friar William Peto, in the King’s presence at Greenwich’s Franciscan chapel. Rather than preaching on the Easter story and focusing on Christ’s victory and resurrection, Friar Peto chose to preach on […]

31 March 1532 – A displeasing sermon for Henry VIII

| March 31, 2016

31 March 1532 – A displeasing sermon for Henry VIII

31st March 1532 was Easter Sunday and Henry VIII attended a service at the chapel of the Observant Friars at Greenwich. There, he listened to a sermon by Friar William Peto, Provincial of England (leader of the Observant Friars in England) and a man who acted as confessor to Queen Catherine of Aragon and Princess […]

14 February 1547 – The dog licks up the King’s blood

| February 14, 2015

14 February 1547 – The dog licks up the King’s blood

On 14 February 1547, Henry VIII’s coffin was taken to Windsor Castle for burial in St George’s Chapel after resting overnight at Syon Abbey. Apparently, some liquid leaked out of it on to the floor at Syon, and this was thought to fulfil the prophecy made by Franciscan friar William Peto in 1532.* He had […]