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15 June 1536 – Mary is a traitress who would be punished as such

Posted By on June 15, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 15th June 1536, Mary (the future Mary I), daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, received an intimidating visit at her home at Hunsdon.

The visit was from members of the king’s council, who had been sent by her father, the king, to persuade the twenty-year-old into accepting her father as supreme head of the Church in England, and acknowledging that she was not the legitimate heir to the throne.

When she refused to do so, they bullied and threatened her.

Find out exactly what happened on this day in 1536 in today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video, where I share a contemporary account explain how Mary did end up reconciling with her father the king.

Below, are two more videos on Mary and her treatment in 1536. I will also be doing a special “Questions about Anne Boleyn” video on Anne Boleyn and Mary, so keep an eye out for that video. There are quite a few videos on Anne Boleyn on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel, so do consider subscribing to the channel and having a good browse.

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12 June 1530 – Henry VIII’s evil life and bad example

Posted By on June 12, 2019

On this day in Tudor history, 12th June 1530, King Henry VIII got criticised for “the evil life he was leading and the bad example he was setting”.

Who had the nerve to speak like this to King Henry VIII?

His wife, Queen Catherine of Aragon, who was at her wit’s end with her husband’s behaviour and his relationship with her former lady, Anne Boleyn.

Find out what happened on this day in 1530, what led to Catherine saying this, and how Henry VIII reacted, in today’s “on this day in Tudor history” video.

I’m doing daily “on this day” videos on the Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society YouTube Channel, so do consider subscribing to the channel and having a good browse. There are lots of Tudor history videos there.

Also on this day in history, 12th June 1540, the newly imprisoned Thomas Cromwell wrote to King Henry VIII from the Tower of London, asking for mercy and pleading his innocence – click here to read more.

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11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

11 June 1509 – Henry VIII marries Catherine of Aragon at Greenwich

On this day in history, 11th June 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, in the Queen’s Closet at Greenwich Palace. Henry had come to the throne on 21st April 1509 following the death of his father, King Henry VII, and although he had previously repudiated […]

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

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A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

A river pageant for a new queen and a historic meeting

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Interview with historical novelist Wendy J Dunn

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4 June 1536 – Jane Seymour is proclaimed queen – The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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You thought I’d finished my video series on the fall of Anne Boleyn in 1536, didn’t you? Ha! Got you! Here’s a surprise extra video for you! On this day in 1536, 4th June, Whitsunday, Henry VIII’s new bride, Jane Seymour, was officially proclaimed queen at Greenwich. Henry had married his third wife on 30th […]