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22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

| December 22, 2017

22 December – The Howards in trouble and an imprisoned bishop

On this day in history, 22 December 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life”. of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. Read more… Also on this day […]

22 December 1541 – The trials of the Howards and Tilneys

| December 22, 2016

22 December 1541 – The trials of the Howards and Tilneys

On this day in 1541, members of the Howard and Tilney family, plus their staff, were tried for misprision of treason for covering up the “unlawful, carnal, voluptuous, and licentious life” of Queen Catherine Howard while she lived with the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk at Lambeth. The people listed in the trial documents included Lord […]

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

| August 1, 2014

Anne Boleyn’s Family Part Two – The Howards

Last week I wrote about Anne Boleyn’s paternal family, the Boleyns and Butlers, so today I’m going to look at Anne’s maternal family, the Howards. Apologies for the long article, there were quite a few prominent Howards! The Howards were one of the premier families in England and were of royal blood, being descended from […]

The Howard Family and Lady Anne Mowbray by Marilyn Roberts

| February 14, 2014

The Howard Family and Lady Anne Mowbray by Marilyn Roberts

Today we have a guest post from Marilyn Roberts, historian and author of The Mowbray Legacy and Lady Anne Mowbray: The High and Excellent Princess. You can see my review of Lady Anne Mowbray over at our book reviews site – click here. Over to Marilyn… This is the time of year when thoughts of […]

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

| December 20, 2013

The Howards’ Miserable Christmas

On this day in 1541, A “very sickly” Agnes Tilney, Dowager Duchess of Norfolk, who was imprisoned in the Tower of London after the fall of her granddaughter, Queen Catherine Howard, begged Henry VIII for forgiveness. She also confessed to having another £800 hidden at Norfolk House. The poor woman must have been terrified, as […]

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

| December 12, 2013

12 December 1546 – The Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Surrey are taken to the Tower of London

On 12th December 1546, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and his son, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, were arrested and taken from Lord Chancellor Wriothesley’s house in Ely Place, Holborn, where they had been interrogated, to the Tower of London. Norfolk was taken to the Tower by barge but his son suffered the humiliation […]

Domestic Violence – A Tudor Example

| November 25, 2013

Domestic Violence – A Tudor Example

Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a day to raise awareness about violence against women. According to the UN Women website, domestic violence is still a huge problem in today’s world: “Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread violations of human rights. According to a […]

Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – 19 January 1547

| January 19, 2013

Execution of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey – 19 January 1547

Today marks the anniversary of the execution of the man known as “Henry VIII’s last victim”, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, poet, courtier and soldier, who was executed on 19th January 1547 on Tower Hill for treason. Surrey’s father, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, had also been sentenced to death for treason but escaped […]