June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

| June 7, 2022

June 7 – Queen Jane Seymour’s celebratory water pageant

On this day in Tudor history, 7th June 1536, on the River Thames, there were celebrations for England’s new queen. Jane Seymour had married King Henry VIII on 30th May 1536 and the king wanted to celebrate his third marriage. The celebrations consisted of a river pageant from Greenwich Palace to Whitehall Palace, and you […]

June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

| June 4, 2022

June 4 – Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is proclaimed queen

On this day in history, 4th June 1536, Henry VIII’s new bride, Jane Seymour, was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Jane had become Henry VIII’s third wife on 30th May 1536, just eleven days after Anne Boleyn’s execution. Everything had moved incredibly fast. Find out more about what happened on this day in 1536…

June 2 – The new queen is seen!

| June 2, 2022

June 2 – The new queen is seen!

On this day in Tudor history, 2nd June 1536, just two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Anne Boleyn, the new queen, Jane Seymour, made her first public appearance. Find out more about Queen Jane Seymour’s appearance at Greenwich Palace, and also about Jane Seymour herself, in this video… Transcript:

May 30 – Knights of the Bath for Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and another wedding for Henry VIII

| May 30, 2022

May 30 – Knights of the Bath for Anne Boleyn’s coronation, and another wedding for Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, on the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. What did this mean? What happened in this night-long ceremony? Find out… Exactly three years later, on 30th […]

May 27 – England celebrates Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

| May 27, 2022

May 27 – England celebrates Queen Jane Seymour’s pregnancy

On this day in Tudor history, 27th May 1537, just under a year after Henry VIII had married Jane Seymour, news spread that the queen had felt her unborn baby move for the first time. The good news sparked off celebrations in London, Calais, Oxford and York. But how did the people celebrate? In this […]

May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

| May 14, 2022

May 14 – Jane Seymour is relocated closer to Henry VIII, and Henry VIII’s leg problems

On this day in 1536, 14th May, while her predecessor and former mistress was in the Tower of London waiting for her trial, Jane Seymour was moved to be closer to the king and was treated like a queen. Find out more about this, and hear Eustace Chapuys’ rather unflattering description of Jane… Also on […]

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

| April 1, 2022

April 1 – William Harvey, his experiments and blood circulation and Henry VIII courts Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 1st April 1578, English physician William Harvey, was born in Folkestone, Kent. Harvey has gone down in history as being the man who discovered the circulation of blood, and he was also physician extraordinary to King James I and King Charles I. How did Harvey work out that the […]

24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

| October 24, 2021

24 October – John White’s return to England and the death of Jane Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 24th October 1590, John White, the governor of the Roanoke Colony, returned to England after failing to find the lost colonists, which included his daughter, Ellinor (Elenora), his son-in-law, Ananias Dare, and his granddaughter, Virginia Dare. But what happened to these colonists and what did the word CROATOAN carved […]