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]

The Life of Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria

  Very cool book out Jane Dormer, Duchess of Feria – she was a  lady-in-waiting to Mary I of England. Or click here to read;   http://archive.org/stream/lifejanedormerd00stevgoog

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]

Cecily Neville

Cecily Neville was mother to Edward lV and Richard lll – she was another one of the strong females from the Wars of the Roses. Check out this blog by Susan Abernethy @ The Freelance History Writer about Cecily. Cecily Neville, Duchess of York

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.

Richard Plantagenent Marries Anne Neville

On this day, 12 July 1472, Richard Plantagenet, Duke of Gloucester married Lady Anne Neville at Westminster Abbey.  Richard later became King Richard lll and Anne, Queen Anne.  Together they had one child, Edward, Prince of Wales.  

#OTD Henry Viii Weds Catherine Parr

On 12 July 1543, Henry Vlll wed his sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr.  Catherine was young compared to Henry on the day of their marriage – she was 30 to his 52.  The wedding took place at Hampton Court Palace in Catherine’s private chapel.  There was a small audience of twenty or so on … [More]

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]

This Day in History: 10 July

Events on this Day: 1460 – Wars of Roses: Richard of York defeats King Henry VI at Northampton 1520 – King Charles V France & King Henry VIII of England sign treaty of Calais 1553 – Jane Grey declared queen of England 1746 – Bonnie Prince Charlie flees in disguise to Isle of Skye Births: … [More]

10 July 1559 – Henry ii of France Died

On this day in 1559, King Henry ll of France died from injuries sustained in a jousting accident. His son, Francis II and Mary, Queen of Scots become King and Queen of France. A few things about Henry ll that you may, or may not know: Henry was the second son of King Francis l of … [More]

This Day in History: 9 July

1540 – King Henry VIII of England annuls his marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. 1553 – Lady Jane Grey, daughter of the Duke of Suffolk, is proclaimed queen of England in succession to Edward VI, who died three days earlier having proclaimed both his half-sisters illegitimate. She reigned for nine days before … [More]

This Day in History: 7 July

Births: 1528 – Anna of Austria, Duchess of Bavaria, daughter of Ferdinand I (d. 1590) 1586 – Thomas Howard, 21st Earl of Arundel, English statesman (d. 1646)         Deaths: 1304 – Benedict XI, [Niccolo Boccasini], Pope (1303-04), dies. 1307 – Death of Edward I at Burgh-by-Sands, near Carlisle, buried at Westminster Abbey. … [More]