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

| June 11, 2019

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

| June 10, 2019

Thomas Cromwell’s enemies win

In 1540, Thomas Cromwell’s enemies were able to take advantage of King Henry VIII’s frustration with his right-hand man and fixer, Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex, to bring him down once and for all. It was on this day in history, 10th June 1540, after Thomas Cromwell had so far failed to get the king […]

5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

| April 5, 2019

5 April 1531 – The boiling to death of Richard Roose, Bishop Fisher’s cook

On this day in history, in the reign of Henry VIII, Richard Roose was boiled to death at Smithfield. The former cook of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, had been attainted of high treason by a new bill, the “Acte for Poysoning”. You can find out more about what brought him to this awful end, […]

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

| October 30, 2018

King Henry VII is crowned – 30th October 1485

On this day in history, 30th October 1485, the founder of the Tudor dynasty, Henry Tudor, was crowned King Henry VII at Westminster Abbey. Henry had come to the throne after his forces defeated those of King Richard III at the Battle of Bosworth Field on 22nd August 1485. Raphael Holinshed, the Tudor chronicler, recorded […]

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

| October 26, 2018

26 October 1536 – Henry VIII makes a promise that he won’t keep

On this day in history, 26th October 1536, the rebels of the Pilgrimage of Grace halted at Scawsby Leys near Doncaster, where they met troops captained by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk. The rebels were said to number around 30,000 and Norfolk’s army was only a fifth of the size, but the rebel leader, […]

3 August 1557 – Anne of Cleves’ remains are processed to Westminster

| August 3, 2018

On this day in history, 3rd August 1557, the remains of forty-one-year-old Anne of Cleves, fourth wife of the late King Henry VIII, were processed from Chelsea Old Manor to Westminster Abbey for burial. Anne had died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor, on 16th July 1557 following a few months of illness. She had […]

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

| July 28, 2018

28 July 1540 – One wedding and two executions

On this day in history, 28th July 1540, forty-nine-year-old King Henry VIII married his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, who was about seventeen years old, at Oatlands Palace. The groom’s fourth marriage, to Anne of Cleves, had only been annulled on 9th July, so Henry’s fifth wedding was a low-key, private affair and news of the […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn to be recognised as queen

| April 11, 2018

Not only was this day in 1533 an important day in the religious calendar, being Good Friday, it was also an important day for Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn. It was on 11th April 1533 that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne as his rightful wife and queen, and to […]