28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

| January 28, 2016

28 January 1547 – The King is dead! Long live the King!

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 […]

26 December 1546 – Henry VIII changes his will

| December 26, 2015

26 December 1546 – Henry VIII changes his will

On this day in history, 30th December 1546, a rather poorly Henry VIII signed his last will and testament, authorising some changes made to the earlier 1544 document on the 26th December. These changes were made to ensure successful transfer of royal authority to his son, the future Edward VI, and to prepare for Edward […]

28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

| January 28, 2015

28 January 1547 – The Death of Henry VIII and the Accession of Edward VI

The King is dead! Long live the King! On this day in history, in the early hours of 28 January 1547, fifty-five year-old Henry VIII died at Whitehall Palace. Archbishop Thomas Cranmer was at the King’s side when he died, although Henry had lost the power of speech by the time her arrived. Cranmer asked […]

28 January 1547 – Henry VIII Dies

| January 28, 2014

28 January 1547 – Henry VIII Dies

On 28th January 1547, the fify-five year old Henry VIII died at the Palace of Whitehall. He had been battling ill-health for a number of years, but his health had steadily declined in 1546 and by late December 1546 it was clear that the King was dying. The King’s Last Days When an ill Henry […]

30 December 1546 – Henry VIII Signs His Last Will and Testament

| December 30, 2013

30 December 1546 – Henry VIII Signs His Last Will and Testament

On 30th December 1546, Henry VIII signed his last will and testament, authorising changes he’d instructed William Paget to make on his behalf on 26th December 1546. These changes were made to ensure successful transfer of royal authority to his son, the future Edward VI, and to prepare for Edward reigning during his minority. The […]

28 January 1547 – Death of Henry VIII

| January 28, 2013

28 January 1547 – Death of Henry VIII

At Whitehall Palace, on 28th January 1547, in the early hours of the morning, a dying Henry VIII squeezed his Archbishop’s hand, giving him the only sign that he could that he trusted in God. He then lapsed into unconsciousness and died. He had reigned for over 37 years and was succeeded by his nine […]

Henry VII and Henry VIII – The Birth of One and the Death of the Other

| January 28, 2012

Henry VII and Henry VIII – The Birth of One and the Death of the Other

Today I will be remembering two Tudor monarchs: Henry VII and Henry VIII – one who is famed for starting the Tudor dynasty and the other for the number of wives he had. Two very different men, but father and son, and two great kings. One was born on this day in history, the other […]