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 […]

9 May 1536 – Juries, meetings and more

| May 9, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII wrote to Thomas Cromwell, his principal secretary and right-hand man, “commanding him to repair to the King to treat of matters relating to the surety of his person, his honor, and the tranquillity of the realm”. A council meeting was also summoned. Meanwhile, […]

60 Second History – Henry VIII

| March 7, 2017

60 Second History – Henry VIII

My third “60 Second History” video is on King Henry VIII, the second monarch of the Tudor dynasty and the king people either seem to love or hate. As I’ve said before, the idea of this series is to give information about Tudor history in easy-to-digest 60-second chunks. My first two videos were on the […]

28 January 1547 – The death of Henry VIII and accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2017

On Friday 28th January 1547 the fifty-five-year-old King Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. His death was kept secret until 31st January, giving the King’s Council time to discuss what was going to happen regarding the accession of Henry VIII’s nine-year-old son, Edward, who became King Edward VI. Chroniclers Edward Hall and Charles […]