21 October – Lancaster Herald’s encounter with rebels and Henry VIII’s time at the French court.

| October 21, 2021

21 October – Lancaster Herald’s encounter with rebels and Henry VIII’s time at the French court.

On this day in Tudor history, 21st October 1536, during the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, Lancaster Herald had an encounter with armed peasants on his way to Pontefract Castle and then met with the rebel leader, Robert Aske, at the castle. The meeting didn’t go well, with Aske putting his foot down and not allowing […]

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 […]

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 […]