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4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

| August 4, 2014

4 August 1540 – Blessed William Horne

On 4th August 1540, a number of men were executed for treason, including Carthusian monk William Horne, laybrother of the London Charterhouse, who was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for treason for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Horne was one of 18 Carthusian monks killed between […]

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

| June 26, 2013

26 June 1535 – A Commission of Oyer and Terminer Appointed to Try Sir Thomas More

On 26th June 1535, a new commission of oyer and terminer was appointed for the county of Middlesex. The commission ordered the Sheriff of Middlesex to gather the Grand Jury on the 28th June at Westminster Hall. The record in Letters and Papers1 names those called to the commission: “Special commission of oyer and terminer […]

22 June 1536 – The Submission of the Lady Mary

| June 22, 2013

22 June 1536 – The Submission of the Lady Mary

On 22nd June 1536,1 following a threatening visit from members of her father’s council and the arrest of one of her household, Henry VIII’s eldest daughter, Mary, finally submitted to her father, Henry VIII, accepting him as Supreme Head of the Church in England and accepting the invalidity of her parents’ marriage: “Moste humbly prostrete […]

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

| June 19, 2013

19 June 1535 – The Executions of Three Carthusian Monks

On 19th June 1535, Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore, three Carthusian monks from the London Charterhouse, were hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. Chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded their executions in his chronicle: “The 19th day of […]

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Threaten Mary

| June 15, 2013

15 June 1536 – Henry VIII’s Council Threaten Mary

On 15 June 1536 Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary, received a visit at her home of Hunsdon from members of her father’s council. This visit followed Parliament’s passing of the Second Act of Succession, which made both Mary and her half-sister Elizabeth illegitimate and removed them from the succession, and Mary’s efforts to reconcile with her […]

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

| June 3, 2013

3 June 1535 – The Interrogation of Sir Thomas More

On this day in 1535, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Audley, Thomas Cromwell and the Duke of Suffolk visited Sir Thomas More in the Tower of London to interrogate him regarding his views on the royal supremacy. More wrote the following letter to his daughter, Margaret Roper, about the visit: “Writes, as it is likely she has […]

19th June 1535 – 3 Cathusian Monks Martyred

| June 19, 2012

19th June 1535 – 3 Cathusian Monks Martyred

On the 19th June 1535, three Carthusian monks of the London Charterhouse were executed at Tyburn. Sebastian Newdigate, William Exmew and Humphrey Middlemore were hanged, drawn and quartered for refusing to accept King Henry VIII as the Supreme Head of the Church. They were not the only Carthusian monks to be put to death for […]

15 January 1559 – Coronation of Elizabeth I

| January 15, 2012

15 January 1559 – Coronation of Elizabeth I

On this day in history, 15th January 1559, Queen Elizabeth I was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle. It was a triumphant moment for the 25 year old woman who had spent part of her half-sister’s reign imprisoned or under house arrest and who was the daughter of Anne Boleyn, […]