21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon steals the show

| June 21, 2017

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars, London. The purpose of this court, which was presided over by Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio, was to listen to the testimonies of both the king and queen regarding the validity of […]

18 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon reads out her appeal to the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2017

On this day in history, 18th June 1529, Catherine of Aragon, first wife of King Henry VIII, made her first appearance at the special legatine court which had opened at Blackfriars, in London, on 31st May 1529 to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine. The king sent proxies to […]

31 May 1529 – The opening of the Blackfriars Legatine Court

| May 31, 2017

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, a special legatine court opened at Blackfriars in London. The court’s purpose was to hear the case for an annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. It was presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who had been made Pope Clement VII’s viceregent […]

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2016

21 June 1529 – King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, just over twenty years after their marriage, King Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, appeared before Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey had been authorised by papal bull in April 1528 “to take cognisance of all matters […]

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

On this day in history, 31st May 1529, formal proceedings began into Henry VIII’s case for an annulment at a special legatine court presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio at Blackfriars in London. The case came to nothing when it was adjourned in July 1529 for a summer recess, never to […]

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England

| September 29, 2015

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England

On this day in history, 29th September 1528, the papal legate, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. He had been made papal legate in June 1528 in preparation for hearing the case for the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at a special legatine court. Click […]

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 21, 2015

21 June 1529 – Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

On this day in history, 21st June 1529, Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon appeared in front of Cardinals Wolsey and Campeggio at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars. Cardinal Wolsey’s biographer and gentleman usher, George Cavendish, describes how the King sat under a cloth of estate and Catherine “sat some distance beneath the king”. Also […]

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

| September 29, 2014

29 September 1528 – Cardinal Campeggio Lands at Dover

On 29th September 1528 Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, landed at Dover on the Kent coast. He had arrived in preparation for hearing the case for the annulment of the marriage of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court. You can read more about this in my article […]