5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

| January 5, 2022

5 January – Richard Willes – A quirky Tudor man, and Pope Clement VII and Henry VIII

On this day in Tudor history, 5th January 1546, in the reign of King Henry VIII, geographer and poet, Richard Willes, was born in Pulham, Dorset. Richard Willes has been described as “One of the quirkier figures in the literary history not only of the college but of the Elizabethan period as a whole”, and […]

15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| November 15, 2021

15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 15th November 1527, a woman who called herself “the excellent Princess Katherine, Countess of Devon, daughter, sister and aunt of kings”, died at Tiverton Castle in Devon. Katherine of York, Countess of Devon, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, was just forty-nine when she died and had […]

5 January 1531 – You shall not remarry!

| January 5, 2018

5 January 1531 – You shall not remarry!

OK, so it wasn’t Gandalf that said this, it was actually the pope – sorry! Yes, on this day in history, 5th January 1531, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VIII telling him that he could not remarry while the case for the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon was still on-going. If […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope puts his foot down with Henry VIII

| July 11, 2017

11 July 1533 – The Pope puts his foot down with Henry VIII

By 11th July 1533, Pope Clement VII had really had enough of King Henry VIII’s behaviour. The king who had been awarded the title “Fidei Defensor” (Defender of the Faith) by Pope Leo X in 1521, for defending the Catholic Church against the works of Martin Luther, had not only abandoned his first wife without […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

| March 23, 2017

23 March 1534 – The Pope versus Henry VIII

On this day in history, 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

| March 23, 2016

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

On 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with the said lady Katherine […]

7 March 1530 – The Pope gets cross with Henry VIII

| March 7, 2016

7 March 1530 – The Pope gets cross with Henry VIII

On 7th March 1530, eight months after the Legatine Court was adjourned having failed to come to any conclusion regarding Henry VIII’s case for an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Pope Clement VII wrote to Henry VII forbidding him from marrying again and threatening him with excommunication if the king disobeyed. Click […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2015

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

On 11 Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. Read more… Also on this day in history… 1536 – Death […]