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 […]

24 December 1545 – King Henry VIII’s last ever speech to Parliament

| December 24, 2016

On 24th December 1545, King Henry VIII made his final speech to Parliament. Historian Robert Hutchinson describes the speech as “both measured and compelling”, and writes of how Henry wanted “to impart a stern message” to all of his subjects. Lord Chancellor Thomas Wriothesley would normally have given the address, but Wriothesley was unpopular at […]

16 August 1513 – The Battle of the Spurs

| August 16, 2016

16 August 1513 – The Battle of the Spurs

On Tuesday 16th August 1513, the Battle of the Spurs, if it can be called a battle, took place at Guinegate (Enguinegatte) in France. England was allied with the Empire at this point, so the battle was to be between the Holy League (the joint forces of Henry VIII and Emperor Maximilian I) and Francis […]

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

| June 28, 2016

28 June 1491 – Birth of King Henry VIII

On this day in history, 28th June 1491, King Henry VIII was born at Greenwich Palace. To celebrate his 525th birthday, I’m sharing an extract from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England on Henry VIII… Henry VIII (1491-1547) Rule: 1509-1547 Marriages: Catherine of Aragon (annulled), Anne Boleyn (executed for alleged treason), Jane Seymour […]