Posted By Claire on January 24, 2017
On this day in history, 24th January 1536, at a joust at Greenwich Palace, King Henry VIII and his horse “both fell so heavily that every one thought it a miracle he was not killed”.
It is not known exactly what happened or how serious the accident was, but it put an end to Henry’s jousting days, a blow for the once athletic king and enthusiastic jouster.
There are three main contemporary accounts of the king’s 1536 jousting accident. The first, which is often used to back up the idea that the accident was a serious one and may have caused a frontal lobe injury, is from an account of the accident written by Pedro Ortiz, or Dr Ortiz, to the Empress on 6th March 1536:
“Has received a letter from the ambassador in France, dated 15 Feb., stating that he hears from England that the King intends to marry the Princess to an English knight. The French king said that the king of England had fallen from his horse, and been for two hours without speaking. “La Ana” was so upset that she miscarried of a son.”
Posted By Claire on January 21, 2017
On this day in history, 21st January 1542, just over two and a half months after Queen Catherine Howard’s colourful past had come to light, a bill of attainder against the queen and one of her ladies, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, widow of George Boleyn, was introduced into the House of Lords.
According to this bill, the two women were guilty of treason and could be punished without there being any need for a trial.
On this day in history, 19th January 1547, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Tudor poet, courtier and soldier, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill. Surrey was the son of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and so was the cousin of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. He was laid to rest at All […]
And now for a shameless plug – it is my blog after all! My new online course “The Life of Anne Boleyn” launches on 30th January, in just two weeks! I’ve been a bit quiet recently on this blog and social media because I’ve been busy recording the video lessons for the course. It’s quite […]
As if we haven’t already got enough on our “to read lists, 2016 ended and 2017 began with the releases of more books that look as if they are must-reads for anyone interested in the lives of medieval and Tudor queens. I suppose there are worse ways to ‘go’ than being drowned by books! Huge […]
On this day in history, 15th January 1559, Queen Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, was crowned queen by Owen Oglethorpe, Bishop of Carlisle, at Westminster Abbey. Diarist Henry Machyn recorded: “The xv day was the crounasyon [coronation] of quen Elsabeth at Westmynster abbay, and theyr all the trumpettes, and knyghtes, and […]
If you haven’t already noticed, today is Friday 13th, the so-called unlucky day which has given its name to slasher movies and leads some people to change their plans for the day. I’m not very suspicious, although I will occasionally say “touch wood” after saying something good, but I do find superstitions interesting. I did […]
On this day in history, 9th January 1514, Anne of Brittany, queen consort of King Louis XII of France, died at the Chateau of Blois. Anne was buried in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Denis. Anne had been married three times. In 1490, she was married by proxy to Maximilian I of Austria, but was […]