September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

| September 29, 2022

September 29 – Cardinal Campeggio arrives in England to hear Henry VIII’s case for an annulment

On this day in Tudor history, 29th September 1528, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio landed at Dover on the south coast of England. Campeggio had been sent as a papal legate to hear Henry VIII’s case for annulment along with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s vice-regent. The […]

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

| June 21, 2022

June 21 – Queen Catherine of Aragon makes a speech and steals the show

On this day in Tudor history, 21st June 1529, ten days after her 20th wedding anniversary, Queen Catherine of Aragon appeared at the Legatine Court at Blackfriars and delivered an impassioned speech which stole the show. This court was hearing the case for the annulment of Catherine’s marriage to the king, and Catherine was going […]

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

| June 18, 2022

June 18 – Catherine of Aragon protests, and Anne Askew is condemned

On this day in Tudor history, 18th June 1529, in the reign of King Henry VIII, the king’s wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, made her protest at the Legatine Court in Blackfriars, a court that was examining the king’s case for an annulment of their marriage. What was Catherine protesting about? What were the grounds […]

21 June 1529 – An incredible speech from Catherine of Aragon

| June 21, 2018

21 June 1529 – An incredible speech from Catherine of Aragon

On 31st May 1529, a special legatine court had opened at Blackfriars, in London, to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon. The court was presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the pope’s viceregent, and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate. On 18th June 1529, the […]

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

| June 18, 2018

18 June 1529 – Queen Catherine of Aragon at the Legatine Court

In autumn 1528, Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio, papal legate, was sent to England by Pope Clement VII to hear the case for the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, at a special legatine court with Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who’d been made the Pope’s viceregent. Campeggio managed to stall things for […]

21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon steals the show

| June 21, 2017

21 June 1529 – Catherine of Aragon steals the show

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

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

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

31 May 1529 – The opening of the Blackfriars Legatine Court

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 […]

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