25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

| April 25, 2015

25 April 1544 – Queen Catherine Parr’s first work is published

On this day in history, 25th April 1544, Queen Catherine Parr’s English translation of John Fisher’s Latin work Psalms or Prayers was published. The book was published anonymously by the King’s printer, Thomas Berthelet, but Janel Mueller, editor of Katherine Parr: Complete Works and Correspondence points out there is “considerable circumstantial evidence” to point to […]

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

| September 5, 2014

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

On 5th September 1548, just six days after gving birth to her first child, a baby girl, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, died of puerperal fever at Sudeley Castle. She was around 36 years of age and had been married four times. Catherine was laid to rest […]

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

| August 30, 2014

30 August 1548 – Queen Dowager Catherine Parr gives birth to a daughter

On 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first child at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The baby was a little girl and the couple named her Mary after Catherine’s stepdaughter and friend, Mary Tudor (the future Mary I). Unfortunately, little Mary Seymour […]

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

| July 12, 2014

12 July 1543 – Henry VIII and Catherine Parr Tie the Knot at Hampton Court Palace

On 12th July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer, in the Queen’s Closet of the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace. The ceremony was performed by Stephen Gardiner, Bishop of Winchester, and was attended by around twenty courtiers and friends of the couple. Catherine’s supporters at the ceremony included her sister, Anne Herbert; Henry […]

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

| September 5, 2013

5 September 1548 – Death of Catherine Parr, Henry VIII’s Sixth Wife

In the early hours of 5th September 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and the wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, died of puerperal fever at Sudeley Castle. She had given birth to her first child, a daughter named Mary, on 30th August. Catherine was buried at the castle’s chapel. You can read more […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, Gives Birth to a Daughter

| August 30, 2013

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, Gives Birth to a Daughter

On this day in 1548, Mary Seymour, daughter and only child of Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager, and Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, was born at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Catherine Parr died of puerperal fever on 5th September 1548, just six days after the birth of Mary, and Thomas Seymour was executed as a […]

The Six Wives of Henry VIII and their Labels

| August 14, 2013

The Six Wives of Henry VIII and their Labels

Back in early 2011, I wrote a series of posts on the “six wives’ stereotypes”, the various stereotypes, labels, myths and downright lies which surround Henry VIII’s six wives. Fiction, films, TV series and even history books have led to people having very warped ideas of these women and to some feeling that they have […]

31st July 1544 – Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

| July 31, 2013

31st July 1544 – Elizabeth I’s Earliest Surviving Letter

The earliest surviving letter we have written by Elizabeth I was written on this day in 1544 when Elizabeth was aged ten. It was written in Italian and in an italic hand, and the recipient was Elizabeth’s stepmother, Queen Catherine Parr, who was acting as Regent while Henry VIII was in France. Here is a […]