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5 May 1536 – More interrogations and arrests

| May 5, 2015

5 May 1536 – More interrogations and arrests

By 5th May 1536, two other men had been imprisoned in the Tower of London and another courtier had been ordered to London for questioning. In 1538, Robert Hobbes, Abbot of Woburn, made a declaration “as touching the accusations of his adversaries proposed against him unto the King’s most honourable Council” and mentioned Sir Francis […]

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

| October 11, 2014

11 October 1542 – Death of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder

On this day in history, 11th October 1542, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder, poet and diplomat, died at Clifton Maybank House, the home of his friend Sir John Horsey, in Sherborne Dorset. He had been complaining of severe headaches since 1539 and he was just 39 years old at the time of his death. You […]

Anne Boleyn’s Love Life prior to Henry VIII: Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt

| September 19, 2014

Before Anne Boleyn became romantically involved with Henry VIII, her name was linked to two courtiers: Henry Percy, son of the Earl of Northumberland and a member of Cardinal Wolsey’s household, and Thomas Wyatt the Elder, the famous Tudor poet. I want to share with you today two videos I did as sample “Claire Chats” […]

5 May 1536 – More Arrests

| May 5, 2014

5 May 1536 – More Arrests

On 5th May 1536, Sir Thomas Wyatt, the Elder, the renowned court poet, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber, were arrested and imprsoned in the Tower of London. There were now 8 prisoners in the Tower of London in the coup against the Boleyns: Anne Boleyn, George Boleyn, Mark Smeaton, Sir […]

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London

| May 5, 2013

5 May 1536 – More Men in the Tower of London

By 5th May 1536, two further arrests had taken place: courtier, poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, and Sir Richard Page, a Gentleman of the Privy Chamber. Neither man was named in the indictments of May 1536 and they were subsequently released. You can find out more about Page in my article Sir Richard Page […]

11 October – On this Day in History…

| October 11, 2011

11 October – On this Day in History…

On this day in history, 11th October… 1521 – Title of Fidei Defensor, “Defender of the Faith”, conferred by Pope Leo X on Henry VIII. This was a reward for Henry VIII writing his pamphlet “Assertio septem sacramentorum adversus Martinum Lutherum” (“Declaration of the Seven Sacraments Against Martin Luther”), defending the Catholic Church against the […]

Eternally Lovesick: The Life of Thomas Wyatt by Maya Crowe-Barnes

| August 26, 2011

Eternally Lovesick: The Life of Thomas Wyatt by Maya Crowe-Barnes

True poets are created in times of love. Although some people are born with the ability to speak and write with eloquence, the intensity of romance and the heartbroken yearning afterwards, shapes a true bard. Thomas Wyatt’s life saw enough forlorn longing to carry over to his daily existence as well as his verses. He […]

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder: The Unfinished Story by Libby Schofield

| August 26, 2011

Sir Thomas Wyatt the Elder: The Unfinished Story by Libby Schofield

Thomas was born to Sir Henry Wyatt and Anne Skinner in 1503 at Allington Castle, Kent. Being the son of a man who dutifully served Henry VII and would go on to serve Henry VIII, Thomas’s life looked prosperous even peering out of his cradle. There is sparse surviving knowledge about his childhood, but it […]