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]

This Day in History: 6 July

Events: 1189 – Richard the Lionheart is crowned King of England. 1415 – Jan Hus is burned at the stake. 1483 – England’s King Richard III crowned King of England 1495 – Battle of Fornovo, near Parma: French King Charles VIII beats Holy League 1557 – Philip of Spain left England for the last time … [More]

This Day in History: 4 July

Events: 1120 – Jordan II of Capua is anointed as prince after his infant nephew’s death. 1534 – Christian III is elected King of Denmark and Norway in the town of Rye. 1652 – Prince of Condé starts blood bath in Paris 1776 – US Congress proclaims the Declaration of Independence and independence from Britain … [More]

3 July 1468 Margaret of York Marries Charles the Bold

On this day in 1468 Margaret of York, sister to both Edward lV and Richard lll, married Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy. To learn more about Margaret of York please check out this blog from Susan at The Freelance History Writer – Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy.

This Day in History: 3 July

  Events: 1035 – William the Conqueror becomes the Duke of Normandy, reigns until 1087. 1557 – Mary and Philip set out for Dover for war with France             Birthdays: 1423 – Louis XI, King of France (1461-83)               Deaths: 1642 – Maria de’ … [More]

This Day in History: 2 July

Events: 1505 – After an encounter with a violent thunderstorm, Martin Luther declares that he will become a monk 1681 – Earl of Shaftesbury arrested for high treason 1687 – King James II disbands English parliament 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to … [More]