December 10 – The executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

| December 10, 2022

December 10 – The executions of Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham

On this day in Tudor history, 10th December 1541, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were executed at Tyburn. Culpeper, a groom of the privy chamber, and Dereham, a member of Queen Catherine Howard’s household had been found guilty of high treason for intending to do ill with the […]

December 1 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for high treason

| December 1, 2022

December 1 – Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham are tried for high treason

On this day in Tudor history, 1st December 1541, in the reign of King Henry VIII, Thomas Culpeper and Francis Dereham were tried for high treason at Guildhall, London. Both men had been linked romantically with the king’s fifth wife, Catherine Howard. Culpeper, a member of Henry VIII’s privy chamber, and Dereham, a secretary to […]

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 […]

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

| November 14, 2017

14 November 1541 – The inventories of the possessions of Thomas Culpeper and Lady Rochford

By 14th November 1541, things were not looking good for Thomas Culpeper, a member of the king’s privy chamber and a man who Francis Dereham, secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, had claimed “had succeeded him in the Queen’s affections”. It was on this day that an inventory was taken “of the goods and chattels, lands […]

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

| December 10, 2015

10 December 1541 – Culpeper and Dereham are executed at Tyburn

On 10th December 1541, Thomas Culpeper, gentleman of the Privy Chamber, and Francis Dereham, a secretary to Queen Catherine Howard, were executed for treason at Tyburn. Dereham suffered a full traitor’s death, being “hanged, membered, bowelled, headed, and quartered” while Culpeper’s sentence was commuted to beheading. Their heads were then set on pikes and displayed […]

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