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 […]

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

| June 4, 2021

4 June 1536 – A new queen is proclaimed

On this day in Tudor history, 4th June 1536, Whitsun, Jane Seymour was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Jane was Henry VIII’s third wife and this proclamation took place just over two weeks after the execution of her predecessor, Anne Boleyn. Find out more about what happened on this day in 1536 in this video: […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

| May 20, 2021

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII moves on

No matter how many times I read and write about it, Henry VIII’s behaviour in 1536 always disgusts me. Obviously, the whole fall of Anne Boleyn and those five courtiers is terrible, a real miscarriage of justice, but then it’s made worse by Henry VIII moving on with his life with unseemly haste. The very […]

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

| April 17, 2021

20 Interesting Facts about Jane Seymour

Jane Seymour was the third wife of King Henry VIII, the mother of King Edward VI and the sister of Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector, and Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley. Even though she was queen for a relatively short period, Jane Seymour is still an interesting Tudor lady, and in […]

24 October 1537 – The death of Queen Jane Seymour at Hampton Court Palace

| October 24, 2019

24 October 1537 – The death of Queen Jane Seymour at Hampton Court Palace

On this day in history, 24th October 1537, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, died at Hampton Court Palace. The couple had only been married since 30th May 1536 and Jane had died twelve days after giving the king the gift of a healthy baby boy, the future King Edward VI. I talk about Jane’s […]

A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

| June 7, 2019

A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

On 7th June 1536, less than three weeks after the execution of Henry VIII’s second wife, Queen Anne Boleyn, his new marriage was celebrated with a water pageant or procession along the River Thames. This river pageant from Greenwich to Whitehall (formerly York Place) was in honour of Queen Jane Seymour, daughter of Sir John […]

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is proclaimed queen – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| June 4, 2019

4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is proclaimed queen – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

You thought I’d finished my video series on the fall of Anne Boleyn in 1536, didn’t you? Ha! Got you! Here’s a surprise extra video for you! On this day in 1536, 4th June, Whitsunday, Henry VIII’s new bride, Jane Seymour, was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Henry had married his third wife on 30th […]

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII and Jane Seymour get betrothed – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

| May 20, 2019

20 May 1536 – Henry VIII and Jane Seymour get betrothed – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

King Henry VIII wasted no time in May 1536. With wife number 2 dead and buried, he quickly moved on to wife number 3, getting betrothed to Jane Seymour the day after Anne Boleyn’s execution and marrying her ten days later. I give all the details in today’s final Fall of Anne Boleyn video, including […]