October 31 – Lord Thomas Howard’s sad end in the Tower

| October 31, 2022

October 31 – Lord Thomas Howard’s sad end in the Tower

On this day in Tudor history, 31st October 1537, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Lord Thomas Howard died while imprisoned in the Tower of London. This second son of Thomas Howard, 2nd Duke of Norfolk, was about twenty-five years of age at his death, and he’d ended up in the Tower for falling […]

8 October 1515 – Birth of Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s niece

| October 8, 2016

8 October 1515 – Birth of Margaret Douglas, Henry VIII’s niece

Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was born on this day in 1515. Margaret was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen Dowager of Scotland and sister of Henry VIII, and her husband, Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus. Margaret was born at Harbottle Castle in Northumberland, home of Thomas, 2nd Lord Dacre, because her mother […]

8 October 1515 – Birth of Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

| October 8, 2013

8 October 1515 – Birth of Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was born on this day in 1515. Margaret was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, Queen Dowager of Scotland and sister of Henry VIII, and Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus. She was born at Harbottle Castle in Northumberland, home of Thomas, 2nd Lord Dacre, because her mother went into […]

The King’s Niece and the Fall of Anne Boleyn – Guest Article by Leanda de Lisle

| August 29, 2013

The King’s Niece and the Fall of Anne Boleyn – Guest Article by Leanda de Lisle

In the spring of 1536, King Henry’s niece, the ‘beautiful and highly esteemed’ twenty-one year old Lady Margaret Douglas, would sneak into the chamber of her friend, Mary Fitzroy. Mary’s uncle, Lord Thomas Howard, would then follow. He and Margaret had become lovers and met regularly to talk privately, kiss and exchange gifts. But there […]

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