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 […]

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 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 […]

12 July 1543 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine Parr

| July 12, 2012

12 July 1543 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine Parr

On the 12th July 1543, in the Queen’s Closet at Hampton Court Palace, King Henry VIII married his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, or Lady Latimer as she was known. You can read more about the marriage in my article from last year – 12 July 1543 – Henry VIII Marries Catherine Parr. Also […]

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 […]