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 […]

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

| June 29, 2016

29 June – A busy day in Tudor England

As far as “on this day in history” events go, 29th June is a rather busy day in Tudor England. Here are the main events with links to articles you can read to find out more about them… 1509 – Lady Margaret Beaufort, grandmother of Henry VIII, mother of the late Henry VII and a […]

10 June 1540 – To the Tower for Thomas Cromwell!

| June 10, 2016

10 June 1540 – To the Tower for Thomas Cromwell!

At 3pm on 10th June 1540, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, Lord Great Chamberlain, Lord Privy Seal and Henry VIII’s former right-hand man, was arrested during a Privy Council meeting at Westminster. Cromwell was then taken to the Tower of London and imprisoned there until his execution on 28th July 1540, the day that Henry […]

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

| April 28, 2016

28 April 1536 – Meetings and more

On 28th April 1536, it was reported that the king’s council was meeting every day and that Thomas Cromwell had been meeting with Dr Richard Sampson, a royal chaplain, Dean of Lichfield and an expert on canon law, for the past four days “continually”. Just what was going on at Henry VIII’s court? Read more…

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

| July 11, 2015

Thomas Cranmer Book Tour – The Tudor Odd Couple

Day 6 of the book tour for Thomas Cranmer: In a Nutshell sees author Beth von Staats sharing a guest article on the relationship between Thomas Cranmer and Thomas Cromwell over at Nerdalicious.com. Click here to head over to Nerdalicious now to read Beth’s excellent article and also to enter today’s giveaway – good luck! […]