18 January – Henry VII and Elizabeth of York get married and Henry VIII dresses up

| January 18, 2022

18 January – Henry VII and Elizabeth of York get married and Henry VIII dresses up

On this day in Tudor history, 18th January 1486, twenty-nine year-old King Henry VII married twenty year-old Elizabeth of York at Westminster Abbey. This was over two years after he had vowed to marry her and nearly 5 months after his victory at the Battle of Bosworth Field. Why did Henry VII delay in marrying […]

8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

| January 8, 2022

8 January – Mary Shelton, Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady, and Henry VIII celebrates news of Catherine of Aragon’s death

On this day in Tudor history, 8th January 1571, Mary Shelton (married names: Heveningham and Appleyard) was buried at Heveningham Church, Suffolk. Mary Shelton was Queen Anne Boleyn’s cousin and lady-in-waiting, and may also have been King Henry VIII’s mistress. She also contributed to the Devonshire Manuscript with the likes of Mary Howard, Lady Margaret […]

5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

| January 5, 2022

5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, geographer and poet, Richard Willes, was born in Pulham, Dorset. Richard Willes has been described as “One of the quirkier figures in the literary history not only of the college but of the Elizabethan period as a whole”, and […]

26 December – The interesting life of Rose Lok and Henry VIII made some changes to his will

| December 26, 2021

26 December – The interesting life of Rose Lok and Henry VIII made some changes to his will

On this day in Tudor history, 26th December 1526, Protestant Rose Lok was born. Rose lived well into her 80s and had an interesting life, being a Protestant exile, a businesswoman, and being the daughter of a man who supplied Anne Boleyn with religious books. She also had a ship named after her! Find out […]

3 December – The death of Roger North, a man close to Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I, and Henry VIII pardons rebels

| December 3, 2021

3 December – The death of Roger North, a man close to Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I, and Henry VIII pardons rebels

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd December 1600, sixty-nine-year-old peer and politician Roger North, 2nd Baron North, died at his London home. North was a good friend of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, accompanying him on trips, witnessing his secret marriage and serving with him in the Netherlands. It was even said that he’d […]

8 November – The death of William Blount and King Henry VIII praises one wife while trying to marry another

| November 8, 2021

8 November – The death of William Blount and King Henry VIII praises one wife while trying to marry another

On this day in Tudor history, 8th November 1534, courtier, scholar and literary patron, William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, died at Sutton on the Hill in Derbyshire. He’d had a wonderful court career, helping organise the young Henry VIII’s education, serving as Master of the Mint and chamberlain to Queen Catherine of Aragon, and he’d […]

3 November – Henry VIII’s supremacy of the English church and the death of Sir John Perrot

| November 3, 2021

3 November – Henry VIII’s supremacy of the English church and the death of Sir John Perrot

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd November 1534, Parliament passed the First Act of Supremacy, establishing King Henry VIII’s supremacy of the English church and rejecting the authority of the pope. In this talk, I share what the act said and I explain that it didn’t actually make him head of the church, just […]

29 October – Henry VIII’s farewell to Francis I of France and the execution of Sir Walter Ralegh

| October 29, 2021

29 October – Henry VIII’s farewell to Francis I of France and the execution of Sir Walter Ralegh

On this day in Tudor history, 29th October 1532, King Henry VIII bid farewell to his “loving brother”, his French counterpart, King Francis I. The two kings had enjoyed each other’s company at Calais and Boulogne, and Henry VIII was pleased with their meetings. In fact, things had gone so well that Henry VIII decided […]