Henry II of France is Crowned King

On 25 July 1547, Henry ll of France was crowned.  Henry was the father of Francis ll – first husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Henry was married to Catherine de’ Medici and had a long time mistress, Diane de Poitiers. Henry only reigned for about two years – died from injuries from jousting. Henry and … [More]

James VI became King of Scotland

On this day ( 24 July) in history 1567, James Stuart became King of Scotland.  His mother, Mary Queen of Scots had been forced to abdicate in favor of her son.  James was merely one year old.  James never knew his mother….or his father. For more on the life of James, please check out this … [More]

John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland Surrenders

1553 – Duke of Northumberland surrenders to Mary Tudor’s forces.  He was instrumental in placing Lady Jane Grey (his daughter-in-law) on the throne. For more on the story of John Dudley, Edward Vl and the Duke of Somerset, click here.  

1536 – Henry Fitzroy died

On this day in 1536, Henry Vlll’s illegitimate son with Elizabeth Blount died. He was titled 1st Duke of Richmond and Somerset and Earl of Nottingham. To learn more about Henry Fitzroy, please check out this article by The Anne Boleyn Files.

1545 – King Henry VIII’s Flagship Mary Rose Sinks

On 19 July 1545, Henry VIII’s ship the Mary Rose sunk.  I’m not an expert on this subject so I have a few links here for you to check out, as I had…Oh, and a video. 🙂  As you’ll notice the stories vary per article and video.  If you’re interested in this subject I’d recommend … [More]

Hever Castle – Anne Boleyn’s Childhood Home

Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Boleyn, is at the top of my list to visit while in England.  Watch this amazing aerial video of the castle and the gardens.  Breathtaking.  I’ve also included a link to view a few pictures from inside the castle.  I can just imagine Anne walking through the halls … [More]

7 Surprising Facts About King Henry VIII

I ran across this month old article on Biography.com titled, 7 Suprising Facts About King Henry Vlll.   While I may not agree with everything that the author writes about it’s an interesting article.  There may also be a few fact checking issues – you’ll catch them while reading it for yourself.  I’d love to hear … [More]

10 of the Best Medieval Cathedrals You Can See in Britain

Sam Higson with Made From History posted an article that I connected with immediately – “10 of the Best Medieval Cathedrals You Can See in Britain” It has been a dream of mine to travel to Britain – These cathedrals have now made the list!  I might have to move there to see all the things … [More]

This Day in History: 16 July

1546 – Anne Askew, English Protestant burned at the stake on this day. 1557 – Anne of Cleves, queen of England/4th wife of Henry VIII, dies at 41 On this day in history, the 16th July 1557 (some sources say the 15th), Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves died at her home, Chelsea Old Manor, … [More]

The Origins of Tudor

How much do you know about the origins of Tudor?  I found this article that explains it all! “The House of Tudor became one of the most successful royal dynasties in British history, with a direct line passing from Henry Tudor to his son Henry VIII and his three children Edward VI, Mary I and … [More]

Top Ten Tudor Places to Visit

Sam Higson with Made From History posted an article that I connected with immediately – “10 of the Best Tudor Historical Sites You Can See in Britain.” It has been a dream of mine to travel to England and see all the castles and palaces I’ve read so much about . Hampton Court and The Tower … [More]

1537 – Robert Aske executed

Robert Aske led the “Pilgimage of Grace,” an uprising of thousands of Catholics to defend their religious houses that were being closed and stripped by King Henry Vlll.  He was executed on this day for his acts of treason against the king.  He chose to be hanged with chains.

The Great Stink

  The Great Stink was an event in London in the summer of 1858.  The weather that summer was hotter than usual and caused the Thames (which was essentially being used as a sewer) to smell….horribly. For more, click here or watch the below video.

This Day in History: 11 July

Events: 1531 – Henry VIII left on royal progress without Katherine of Aragon, marking the last time they saw one another. 1533 – Pope Clement VII ordered Henry VIII to abandon Anne Boleyn; a bull of excommunication was drawn up but suspended in hopes the King would obey the Clement’s ruling.  For more, click here. … [More]

Jane Grey Declared Queen of England

On this day in history Lady Jane Grey, granddaughter to Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk & Mary Tudor, Duchess of Suffolk (sister to Henry Vlll). Edward Vl attempted to change the line of succession with his, “My devise for the succession.” (see image below) Jane reluctantly accepted the crown of England and was queen … [More]