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12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

| June 12, 2019

12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, King Henry VIII got criticised for “the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”. Who had the nerve to speak like this to King Henry VIII? His wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was at her wit’s end with her husband’s […]

25 April 1536 – God will send unto Us heirs male – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| April 25, 2019

25 April 1536 – God will send unto Us heirs male – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

On this day in 1536, King Henry VIII suddenly seemed very hopeful of a Prince of Wales to succeed him. Did he know something that everyone else didn’t? Was Henry VIII hopeful that Queen Anne Boleyn could still give him a son, or had he, in his mind, moved onto his new flame, Jane Seymour? […]

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

| January 28, 2019

Henry VII, Henry VIII and Edward VI

Today, 28th January, is the anniversary of the birth of King Henry VII in 1457, the death of his son, King Henry VIII, in 1547, and the accession of his son, Edward, as King Edward VI. You can read more about the death of Henry VIII at Whitehall Palace on 28th January 1547 and the […]

28th June 1491 – The birth of Henry VIII, son of Henry VII

| June 28, 2018

28th June 1491 – The birth of Henry VIII, son of Henry VII

Today marks the anniversary of the birth of that Tudor icon, King Henry VIII, on 28th June 1491. He was born at Greenwich Palace as the second son and third child of King Henry VII, who had become king after defeating Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth in August 1485, and his queen consort, […]

Henry VIII’s constipation – guest post by Seamus O’Caellaigh

| March 26, 2018

Henry VIII’s constipation – guest post by Seamus O’Caellaigh

A big welcome to Seamus O’Caellaigh who visits us today as part of the book tour for his wonderful new book Pustules, Pestilence and Pain: Tudor Treatments and Ailments of Henry VIII. Here is an article based on an extract from his book about a complaint that Henry VIII suffered in 1539 and how it […]

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

| November 8, 2017

8 November – A king’s troubled conscience and a queen is interrogated

On this day in history, 8th November 1528, at Bridewell Palace, King Henry VIII made a public oration to “the nobility, judges and councillors and divers other persons” to explain his troubled conscience regarding the lawfulness of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Read more… On this day in history, 8th November 1541, Archbishop Thomas […]

Henry VIII – Henry the Great or Henry the Monster?

| June 28, 2017

Henry VIII – Henry the Great or Henry the Monster?

Henry VIII is an iconic figure who divides opinion. Whenever I post anything about him here on the Anne Boleyn Files or on social media, I always get a very mixed response with some saying that he was a tyrant and monster, others saying that he was a great king, still others saying that he […]

28 June 1491 – Happy 526th Birthday Henry VIII!

| June 28, 2017

Yes, today is the 526th anniversary of King Henry VIII’s birth on 28th June 1491. Although he died at the age of 55, he is still remembered 526 years after his birth. I wonder what he’d think about that. He’s still an iconic figure, he’s still being featured on TV, in movies, in fiction, in […]