1 July 1536 – Elizabeth and Mary Declared Illegitimate

| July 1, 2011

On this day in history, 1st July 1536, Parliament declared that Henry VIII’s two daughters, Mary and Elizabeth, were illegitimate. This meant that the King had no legitimate children, just three bastards, so the pressure was now on the King’s new wife, his third wife Jane Seymour, to provide a legitimate heir, and preferably a […]

A Tale of Two Henrys – The Birth of Henry VII and the Death of Henry VIII

| January 28, 2011

It is interesting that on this day in 1457 Henry VII was born and on this day in 1547 (weird digit thing going on here!) his son, Henry VIII, shuffled off this mortal coil. So, Happy 554th Birthday to one Henry and RIP to the other! The Birth of Henry VII Henry VII was born […]

Henry VIII’s Will

| December 30, 2010

On this day in history, 30th December 1546, Henry VIII signed his last will and testament, authorising changes he’d instructed William Paget to make on his behalf on 26th December 1546. You can read his full will in Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume 21 Part 2: September 1546-January 1547, but here […]

Henry VIII’s Death, Will and Legacy

| February 1, 2010

I didn’t manage to post on the anniversary of Henry VIII’s death, due to no electricity and internet, so please forgive this late post. On the 28th January 1547, Henry VIII, King of England and Ireland, died at the Palace of Whitehall at the age of 55. He was buried next to his “true wife”, […]

Rules of Succession could Change

| March 27, 2009

We all know that Henry VIII made changes to the rules of succession, with his three Acts of Succession, but now today’s British Monarchy and Government may be considering changes. The BBC has just reported that the Queen and Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, have discussed reforming the current rules concerning succession to the throne of […]