Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

| June 27, 2019

Start as you mean to go on, Henry!

King Henry VIII has gone down in history as the king who had six wives and who executed two of them, as well as having three of his marriages annulled. He had quite the marital history! But did you know that Henry was just thirteen when he broke one of his wives’ hearts for the […]

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

| June 23, 2019

23 June 1509 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon process through the streets of London

On this day in Tudor history, Saturday 23rd June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII and his first wife, twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, processed from the Tower of London to Westminster in preparation for the coronation at Westminster Abbey. The citizens of London must have been excited about seeing the new king and his bride, and […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

| June 11, 2019

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry had come to the throne on 21st April 1509 following the death of his father, King Henry VII, and although he had previously repudiated […]

11 June 1509 – The first of six marriages for Henry VIII

| June 11, 2017

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, King Henry VIII married for the first time. His bride was his brother Arthur’s widow, Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon. Henry was nearly eighteen years of age and Catherine was twenty-three. The wedding was a low-key affair, as […]

27 June 1505 – Prince Henry renounces his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon

| June 27, 2016

27 June 1505 – Prince Henry renounces his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon

On this day in history, 27th June 1505, Henry, Prince of Wales, the future Henry VIII, renounced his betrothal to Catherine of Aragon, his brother’s widow, claiming that it had been contracted without his consent. The couple had been betrothed since 25th June 1503 and, according to the terms of the marriage treaty negotiated between […]

25 June 1503 – Young Prince Henry becomes betrothed

| June 25, 2016

25 June 1503 – Young Prince Henry becomes betrothed

On this day in history, 25th June 1503, Henry, Prince of Wales and eldest surviving son of King Henry VII, became betrothed to Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, and the widow of Henry’s elder brother Arthur, at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. […]

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries for the first time

| June 11, 2016

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries for the first time

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, just under two months after his accession to the throne of England, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Catherine of Aragon, daughter of Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon, and the widow of Henry’s brother, Arthur, Prince of Wales. The couple got married in […]

30 November 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn get cross with Henry VIII

| November 30, 2015

30 November 1529 – Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn get cross with Henry VIII

On 30th November 1529, Henry VIII was reproached by the two women in his life: his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and the woman he wanted to marry, Anne Boleyn. An angry Catherine of Aragon confronted her husband regarding his treatment of her, which she considered “the pains of Purgatory on earth”, and then when the […]