10 January – A priest caught by a priestfinder and torturer, and the ends of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| January 10, 2022

10 January – A priest caught by a priestfinder and torturer, and the ends of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1591, Roman Catholic priest Edmund Gennings and Catholic Swithin Wells were executed on a scaffold set up outside Wells’ house at Holborn. Gennings had been caught celebrating mass at Wells’ home by the famous Elizabethan priestfinder and torturer, Richard Topcliffe, who punished him by throwing him into […]

10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2021

10 December – A priest was tortured and executed by a priestfinder, and the execution of THomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1591, Roman Catholic priest Edmund Gennings and Catholic Swithin Wells were executed on a scaffold set up outside Wells’ house at Holborn. Gennings had been caught celebrating mass at Wells’ home by the famous Elizabethan priestfinder and torturer, Richard Topcliffe, who punished him by throwing him into […]

1 December – A Catholic priest was tortured then executed and Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were found guilty of high treason

| December 1, 2021

1 December –  A Catholic priest was tortured then executed and Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were found guilty of high treason

On this day in Tudor history, 1st December 1581, twenty-five-year-old Roman Catholic priest Alexander Briant was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, along with Ralph Sherwin and Edmund Campion. Briant had been imprisoned, starved, racked and tortured in other awful ways, but he claimed that he felt no pain due to God’s help. He refused […]

14 November – Bad Signs for Culpeper and Lady Rochford, and Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon get married but not to each other

| November 14, 2021

14 November – Bad Signs for Culpeper and Lady Rochford, and Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon get married but not to each other

On this day in Tudor history, 14th November 1541, an inventory was taken of “the goods and chattels, lands and fees of” Thomas Culpeper, a groom of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber and a man who had been having secret meetings with Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife. An inventory had also been taken of […]

Did Thomas Culpeper have a brother called Thomas and was Catherine Howard pregnant?

| May 5, 2021

Did Thomas Culpeper have a brother called Thomas and was Catherine Howard pregnant?

Thank you so much to Sarah from the UK for her questions regarding Thomas Culpeper’s brothers and sisters, and whether he really had a brother called Thomas Culpeper. Sarah also asked whether Catherine Howard had got pregnant before her marriage and whether she got pregnant during her marriage to Henry VIII. Could she even have […]

10 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are put to death

| December 10, 2018

10 December 1541 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are put to death

On 10th December 1541, just a month and eight days after an investigation into Queen Catherine Howard’s past was ordered, two men were executed at Tyburn. They were Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of the privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, a member of the queen’s household. Both men had been tried for treason at Guildhall on […]

14 November 1541 – The goods of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford are inventoried

| November 14, 2018

14 November 1541 – The goods of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford are inventoried

On this day in history, 14th November 1541, an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands and fees of Thos. Culpeper, the younger”, a member of the king’s privy chamber who had been having secret meetings with the queen and who Francis Dereham claimed had replaced him in the queen’s affections. By 14th […]

10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

| December 10, 2017

10 December 1541 – The executions of Culpeper and Dereham at Tyburn

On this day in history, 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, a gentleman of King Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Both had been found guilty of high treason for their relationships with the queen at their trial on 1st December 1541 and had […]