16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard Enter York

| September 16, 2013

16 September 1541 – Henry VIII and Queen Catherine Howard Enter York

On this day in 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York through Walmgate Bar, and was met by the city’s officials at Fulford Cross. The mayor and the aldermen of the city then begged forgiveness from the King for the North’s rebellion during the Pilgrimage of Grace, and gave the King and his […]

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

| June 30, 2012

30 June 1541 – The Fateful Royal Progress to the North

On the 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and Catherine Howard, his fifth wife, set off from London on their royal progress to the North. Royal progresses allowed the monarch to escape London in the summer months when disease was rife and it was also good PR, but this progress also had two other aims: the […]

26th October – On this Day in History…

| October 26, 2011

26th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 26th October… 1529 – Thomas More took his oath as Chancellor 1536 – The rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys, near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by the Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army only a fifth […]

25th October – On this Day in History…

| October 24, 2011

25th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 25th October… 1529 – Thomas More became Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor after Cardinal Wolsey had been forced to surrender the Great Seal on the 17th October. See “Sir Thomas More Becomes Lord Chancellor” for more on this. 1532 – Henry VIII arrived back at Calais with Francis I to a […]

21st October – On this Day in History…

| October 21, 2011

21st October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 21st October… 1532 – Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn in Calais to spend four days with Francis I, “his beloved brother”, at the French court in Bolougne1. He returned with Francis on the 25th October. 1536 – Pilgrimage of Grace – Lancaster Herald, on nearing Pontefract Castle, encountered a group […]

20th October – On this Day in History…

| October 20, 2011

20th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 20th October… 1536 – The yielding of Pontefract Castle – On the night of the 19th October 1536, Thomas Maunsell, Robert Aske and the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace threatened an assault on Pontefract Castle and its owner, Lord Darcy. By 8 o’clock on the morning of the 20th […]

19th October – On this Day in History…

| October 19, 2011

19th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 19th October… 1536 – Henry VIII gets tough on the Pilgrimage of Grace rebels. In a letter to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Henry wrote:- You are to use all dexterity in getting the harness and weapons of the said rebels brought in to Lincoln or other sure places, and […]

15th October – On this Day in History…

| October 15, 2011

15th October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 15th October… 1536 – Henry VIII writes to the Earl of Shrewsbury, the Duke of Suffolk “and others” with instructions on handling the rebellion which we now know as the Pilgrimage of Grace. The King also wrote to the rebels in Lincolnshire promising “to show them mercy if they leave […]