27 September 1501 – Catherine of Aragon leaves her native Spain

Posted By on September 27, 2016

Catherine of AragonOn this day in history, at 5 o’clock in the afternoon of the 27th September 1501, Catherine of Aragon set sail for England from Laredo in Spain to marry Henry VII’s son and heir to the throne, Prince Arthur.

Catherine had originally set sail from Coruna on the 17th August, but strong storms in the Bay of Biscay had forced her fleet to land at Laredo, near Bilbao. After hearing of her first failed attempt to reach England, Catherine’s future father-in-law sent one of his best captains, Stephen Butt, to steer her ship through the treacherous Bay of Biscay.

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New books!

Posted By on September 22, 2016

launching_seven_booksAs part of the “Evening with the Authors” event on Saturday in London, MadeGlobal Publishing is launching seven new books.

I’m so looking forward to meeting these authors on Saturday!

All About Henry VIII by Amy Licence

Henry VIII is probably the most famous Tudor. He was a handsome, athletic young man; he never expected to become king and so was determined to enjoy his reign. Henry had six wives but could hate as passionately as he loved. He even had two wives executed. Henry surrounded himself with extraordinary men, including Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, and, during his reign, he changed religion forever in England. His son and daughters went on to be famous monarchs too.

Why did Henry have so many wives? Why was his reign so important?

Read the facts about Henry VIII in this book and make up your own mind.

Amy Licence is a historian with a special interest in the medieval and Tudor world. She has been a Leading Literacy Teacher specialising in children’s literature and the use of open questions to extend learning. She is also the mother of two small boys.

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