John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

| March 18, 2016

John Dudley and His Friends by Christine Hartweg

Thank you so much to Christine Hartweg, author of the new book John Dudley: The Life of Lady Jane Grey’s Father-in-Law for sharing a guest post on John Dudley with us today. Christine’s book is an excellent read, and, as I state in my endorsement on its cover, it is “A meticulously researched, highly readable […]

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

| August 22, 2013

22 August 1485 – The Battle of Bosworth: The Death of Richard III and the Accession of Henry VII

On this day in history, 22nd August 1485, the armies of King Richard III and Henry Tudor, son of the late Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, met on a field near Market Bosworth in rural Leicestershire. Richard was killed in the battle and Henry was crowned King Henry VII, starting a […]

25 May 1553 – The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley

| May 25, 2013

25 May 1553 – The Marriage of Lady Jane Grey and Guildford Dudley

On 25th1 May 1553 a triple wedding took place at Durham Place, the London home of the Dudley family: Guildford Dudley, son of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, married Lady Jane Grey, daughter of Henry Grey, Duke of Suffolk, and Frances Brandon. Katherine Dudley, the 12 year-old sister of Guildford, married Lord Henry Herbert, son […]

11 October – On this Day in History…

| October 11, 2011

11 October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 11th October… 1521 – Title of Fidei Defensor, “Defender of the Faith”, conferred by Pope Leo X on Henry VIII. This was a reward for Henry VIII writing his pamphlet “Assertio septem sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum” (“Declaration of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther”), defending the Catholic Church against the […]

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2011

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553, Lady Jane Grey, her husband, Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother arrived by barge at the Tower of London, having travelled from Syon. They were greeted there by Guildford’s father, John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, and other councillors, before they made their way through the Tower […]

Monarchs Who Never Were – Hauntings at the Tower of London Part 3

| March 28, 2011

Monarchs Who Never Were – Hauntings at the Tower of London Part 3

Today we have the penultimate part of Nancy Smith’s series on the Tower of London’s ghosts:- Monarchs Who Never Were – Hauntings at the Tower of London Part 3 by Nancy Smith The next two Tower of London hauntings are especially tragic, because of the advanced age of one if the victims, the youth of […]

Edward VI

| November 7, 2009

Edward VI

Edward VI was Henry VIII’s third child, following on from Mary, who was born in 1516 to Catherine of Aragon, and Elizabeth who was born in 1533 to Anne Boleyn. He was Henry VIII’s only legitimate surviving son – Henry and Catherine’s son, Henry, had only lived a few days, Anne Boleyn had miscarried a […]

Happy Birthday Edward VI!

| October 12, 2009

Happy Birthday Edward VI!

On this day in history, 12th October 1537, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, gave birth to the future Edward VI of England. Happy 472nd Birthday, Edward! So, to celebrate Edward’s birthday, here is a brief bio of this monarch. Edward VI Edward VI was Henry VIII’s third child, following on from Mary, who was […]