April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

| April 7, 2022

April 7 – Elizabeth Boleyn, mother of Anne Boleyn, and Robert Aske, rebel leader

What do Elizabeth Boleyn and rebel leader Robert Aske have in common, you may ask? Well, the date of 7th April! On 7th April 1538, Elizabeth Boleyn (née Howard), Countess of Wiltshire and Ormond, was laid to rest at St Mary’s Church, Lambeth. And a year earlier, on 7th April 1537, Robert Aske and Thomas […]

3 December – The death of Roger North, a man close to Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I, and Henry VIII pardons rebels

| December 3, 2021

3 December – The death of Roger North, a man close to Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth I, and Henry VIII pardons rebels

On this day in Tudor history, 3rd December 1600, sixty-nine-year-old peer and politician Roger North, 2nd Baron North, died at his London home. North was a good friend of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, accompanying him on trips, witnessing his secret marriage and serving with him in the Netherlands. It was even said that he’d […]

26 October – Rain stops rebels going to battleand and Sir Thomas More is sworn in as Lord Chancellor

| October 26, 2021

26 October – Rain stops rebels going to battleand and Sir Thomas More is sworn in as Lord Chancellor

On this day in Tudor history, 26th October 1536, the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met crown troops. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and the crown’s army was only a fifth of the size, but the rebel leader, lawyer Robert Aske, chose to […]

20 October – Mary Arundell’s death and Pontefract Castle’s surrender to rebels

| October 20, 2021

20 October – Mary Arundell’s death and Pontefract Castle’s surrender to rebels

On this day in Tudor history, 20th October 1557, or possibly 21st, courtier Mary Arundell died at Bath Place in London. Mary is an interesting Tudor lady. Not only did she serve at least two of Henry VIII’s wives, but she was a countess twice over, having been married to both the Earls of Sussex […]

19 October – Marriage of the Catholic Monarchs and the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion

| October 19, 2021

19 October – Marriage of the Catholic Monarchs and the Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion

On this day in history, 19th October 1469, an event took place in Spain that was not only important in Spanish history, but which had an impact on Europe and which has links with the Tudors. The event was the marriage of an eighteen-year-old woman called Isabella and a seventeen-year-old man called Ferdinand. They’d become […]

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

| October 26, 2018

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

On this day in history, 26th October 1536, the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army was only a fifth of the size, but the rebel leader, […]

20 October 1536 – Pontefract Castle surrenders to the rebels

| October 20, 2017

20 October 1536 – Pontefract Castle surrenders to the rebels

By eight o’clock in the morning on this day in history, 20th October 1536, Thomas Darcy, 1st Baron Darcy of Darcy, had surrendered his castle, Pontefract Castle in Yorkshire, to the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion. Lord Darcy and the castle inhabitants then swore the rebel oath. Lord Darcy had sent a message […]

14 October 1536 – A proper rebellion

| October 14, 2016

14 October 1536 – A proper rebellion

By 14th October the uprising in the north had turned into a proper rebellion, one that came to be known as the Pilgrimage of Grace. On 13th October, Lord Darcy had reported to Henry VIII that “most of the East Riding […] Marshland, Snathe, and others of the West Riding […] Dent, Sedbar, Richmondshire, Middleham, […]