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29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

| June 29, 2019

29 June – Margaret Beaufort, Thomas Boleyn, Thomas Cromwell and Henry Percy

29th June is a busy day for “on this day in Tudor history” events, and I thought I’d share with you some information on a few of them. On this day in history, 29th June 1536, Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire, was stripped of his office of Lord Privy Seal, an office he had held […]

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

| June 10, 2019

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

In 1540, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies were able to take advantage of King Henry VIII’s frustration with his right-hand man and fixer, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, to bring him down once and for all. It was on this day in history, 10th June 1540, after Thomas Cromwell had so far failed to get the king […]

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

| July 28, 2018

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, forty-nine-year-old King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was about seventeen years old, at Oatlands Palace. The groom’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, had only been annulled on 9th July, so Henry’s fifth wedding was a low-key, private affair and news of the […]

2 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn as Queen Esther

| April 2, 2018

On Passion Sunday 1536, the fifth Sunday of Lent, which fell on 2nd April, Queen Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. The sermon’s topic was the Old Testament story of Queen Esther saving the Jews, as told in the Book of Esther. In a […]

29 June 1540 – A Bill of Attainder is passed against Thomas Cromwell

| June 29, 2017

On this day in history, 29th June 1540, nineteen days after his arrest, a Bill of Attainder was passed against Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, and King Henry VIII’s former right-hand man. The Journal of the House of Lords records on Tuesday 29th June 1540, day 81 of that parliament, the following: “Item Billa Attincture […]

9 May 1536 – Juries, meetings and more

| May 9, 2017

On this day in history, Tuesday 9th May 1536, King Henry VIII wrote to Thomas Cromwell, his principal secretary and right-hand man, “commanding him to repair to the King to treat of matters relating to the surety of his person, his honor, and the tranquillity of the realm”. A council meeting was also summoned. Meanwhile, […]

28 April 1536 – Long council meetings

| April 28, 2017

On this day in history, 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day, from first thing in the morning 9 or 10 o’clock at night. And not only that! Thomas Cromwell was said to have been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an […]

28 July 1540 – The execution of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s most faithful servant

| July 28, 2016

28 July 1540 – The execution of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s most faithful servant

On 28th July 1540, the same day that Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, the man who had negotiated the King’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, was executed on Tower Hill having been found guilty by a bill of attainder of the crimes of corruption, heresy and treason. Chronicler Edward Hall recounts […]