Introducing Dr Elizabeth Norton and her talk on Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour

| August 31, 2022

Introducing Dr Elizabeth Norton and her talk on Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour

Dr Elizabeth Norton is one of the experts speaking at my online event “Elizabeth I: The Life of Gloriana, the Virgin Queen” which starts in just 7 days! Elizabeth will be talking to us about the Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour scandal, the subject of her book “The Temptation of Elizabeth Tudor” and something which has […]

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

| August 30, 2022

August 30 – Mary Seymour, daughter of Catherine Parr and Thomas Seymour

On this day in Tudor history, 30th August 1548, in the reign of King Edward VI, the dowager queen, Catherine Parr, sixth and final wife of King Henry VIII, gave birth at Sudeley Castle. The father of her baby was her husband, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley. The healthy baby girl was named […]

The Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour Scandal – Dr Elizabeth Norton

| August 15, 2022

The Elizabeth and Thomas Seymour Scandal – Dr Elizabeth Norton

The Starz series “Becoming Elizabeth” recently brought to life a scandal that affected Queen Elizabeth I in her youth. This scandal affected Elizabeth’s relationship with her beloved stepmother, Catherine Parr, the dowager queen, and saw Elizabeth surrounded by rumour and gossip. It’s something that must have had a huge impact on her. What was this […]

June 13 – A pregnant Catherine Parr travels to Sudeley Castle

| June 13, 2022

June 13 – A pregnant Catherine Parr travels to Sudeley Castle

On this day in Tudor history, 13th June 1548, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley, brother of the late Queen Jane Seymour and uncle of King Edward VI, accompanied his wife, Catherine Parr, the dowager queen, on a journey to the Cotswolds. They set off from the dowager queen’s manor of Hanworth in London […]

March 20 – St Cuthbert Mayne, an Elizabethan priest and martyr, and Forgetting God to love a king – Thomas Seymour’s end

| March 20, 2022

March 20 – St Cuthbert Mayne, an Elizabethan priest and martyr, and Forgetting God to love a king – Thomas Seymour’s end

On this day in Tudor history, 20th March 1544, Cuthbert Mayne (Main/Maine) or St Cuthbert Mayne, Roman Catholic priest and martyr, was baptised in Youlston in North Devon. Cuthbert Mayne has gone down in history as the first seminary priest to be martyred. He was hanged, drawn and quartered at Launceston on 30th November 1577, […]

March 5 – Tobacco comes to Europe, and Thomas Seymour and 33 counts of treason

| March 5, 2022

March 5 – Tobacco comes to Europe, and Thomas Seymour and 33 counts of treason

On this day in Tudor history, 5th March 1558, Spanish physician Francisco Fernandes brought back live tobacco plants and seeds from Mexico to Europe. I talk about the introduction of tobacco in Europe and how it was viewed as a cure-all, and how tobacco smoking became fashionable at Elizabeth I’s court. Also on this day […]

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr’s daughter is born

| August 30, 2017

30 August 1548 – Catherine Parr’s daughter is born

On this day in history, 30th August 1548, Catherine Parr, Queen Dowager and wife of Thomas Seymour, Baron Seymour of Sudeley, gave birth to her first and only child, a daughter, at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. The healthy baby girl was baptised ‘Mary’ after her godmother, the Lady Mary, eldest daughter of King Henry VIII […]

20 March 1549 – Forgetting God to love a king…

| March 20, 2016

20 March 1549 – Forgetting God to love a king…

On 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron of Sudeley, Lord High Admiral and the fourth husband of the late Dowager Queen Catherine Parr, was executed on Tower Hill. He had been found guilty of thirty-three counts of treason following his arrest at Hampton Court Palace when he had allegedly broken into his nephew Edward […]