September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

| September 29, 2022

September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

On this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1528, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio landed at Dover on the south coast of England. Campeggio had been sent as a papal legate to hear Henry VIII’s case for annulment along with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s vice-regent. The […]

June 25 – Twelve-year-old Henry (future Henry VIII) gets betrothed to Catherine of Aragon

| June 25, 2022

June 25 – Twelve-year-old Henry (future Henry VIII) gets betrothed to Catherine of Aragon

On this day in Tudor history, 25th June 1503, in the reign of King Henry VII, the nearly twelve-year-old Henry, Prince of Wales, the future King Henry VIII, got betrothed to seventeen-year-old Catalina de Aragón (Catherine of Aragon). The betrothal took place at the Bishop of Salisbury’s palace in Fleet Street, London. Henry was the […]

June 20 – Anne of Cleves gets cross about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

| June 20, 2022

June 20 – Anne of Cleves gets cross about Henry VIII and Catherine Howard

On this day in Tudor history, 20th June 1540, five months into their marriage, Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, got rather cross about her husband’s inappropriate behaviour. Anne complained to her advisor about they king’s interest in one of her maids of honour, a certain Catherine Howard. What exactly was going on and […]

May 9 – Henry VIII wants an update on the investigation into Anne Boleyn

| May 9, 2022

May 9 – Henry VIII wants an update on the investigation into Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, 9th May 1536, a week after Queen Anne Boleyn’s arrest, her husband, Henry VIII, wanted an update on the investigation into Anne. Let me explain what was happening at court on 9th May 1536… Do remember that tomorrow, Tuesday 10th May, I’m doing a live talk and Q&A session on […]

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2022

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I. How did Harvey work out that the […]

March 15 – Henry VIII uses foul language and The Lady Mary causes a stir in London

| March 15, 2022

March 15 – Henry VIII uses foul language and The Lady Mary causes a stir in London

On this day in Tudor history, 15th March 1532, King Henry VIII used what was described as “foul language” to William Warham, Archbishop of Canterbury. Henry VIII also threatened the poor man, and it is amazing that Warham kept his head as the king was furious. What happened? Find out what Warham did to upset […]

10 March – John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford’s role in the Wars of the Roses, and Henry VIII and a nasty jousting accident

| March 10, 2022

10 March – John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford’s role in the Wars of the Roses, and Henry VIII and a nasty jousting accident

On this day in Tudor history, 10th March 1513, magnate John de Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, died at his home at Castle Hedingham in Essex. Oxford was a key figure in the Wars of the Roses and played an important role in the Battle of Bosworth Field. Find out more about his life and […]

8 March -Henry VIII receives a leopard and Sir Nicholas Carew’s sticky end

| March 8, 2022

8 March -Henry VIII receives a leopard and Sir Nicholas Carew’s sticky end

On this day in Tudor history, 8th March 1516, Sir John Wiltshire wrote to King Henry VIII from the English territory of Calais warning him that a couple of gifts were on their way to the king from the Duke of Ferrara. The gifts were a courser (a horse) and a “lebard” (a leopard or […]