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2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

| November 2, 2017

2 November 1541 – The beginning of the end for Queen Catherine Howard

On All Souls’ Day 1541, Catherine Howard, niece of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and cousin of the late Queen Anne Boleyn, had been queen for just 15 months. She had married Henry VIII as his fifth wife on 28th July 1540, following the annulment of his six month marriage to Anne of Cleves, […]

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

| November 2, 2016

2 November 1541 – An All Souls’ Day shock for Henry VIII

All Souls’ Day is the feast day when forgotten souls, those souls in purgatory who might not have any masses or prayers being said for them, are remembered and it was at the special All Souls’ mass of 1541 that Henry VIII’s happy world came crashing down. Previous to this, Henry VIII had been blissfully […]

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

| November 2, 2014

2 November 1541 – Henry VIII finds out about Catherine Howard’s colourful past

On 2nd November 1541, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace detailing Catherine Howard’s colourful past, and how she had “lived most corruptly and sensually”. Cranmer had been persuaded by Chancellor Audley and the Earl of Hertford to relate the story told by Mary […]

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

| July 16, 2013

16 July 1546 – Burning of Anne Askew

On this day in history, 16th July 1546, the Protestant martyrs, Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian, were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. You can read more about them and also the Newbury Martyrs, who were burned on this day in 1556, in my article 16 July […]

2nd November – On this Day in History…

| November 2, 2011

2nd November – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 2nd November… 1541 – Archbishop Thomas Cranmer left a letter for Henry VIII in the Holy Day Closet at Hampton Court Palace detailing Catherine Howard’s colourful past and how she had “lived most corruptly and sensually”. Cranmer had been persuaded by Chancellor Audley and the Earl of Hertford to relate […]

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

| July 16, 2011

16 July 1546 – Anne Askew Burned at the Stake

On the 16th July 1546 the Protestant martyrs Anne Askew, John Lascelles, John Adams and Nicholas Belenian were burned at the stake at Smithfield in London for heresy. Those of you who read my article “18 June 1546 – Anne Askew Sentenced to Death” will know that Anne was illegally racked in the Tower of […]