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.

1377 – Richard II succeeds Edward III as king of England

Richard of Bordeaux, later to be known as Richard ll, succeeded Edward lll as king of England in July 1377.  Richard was grandson to Edward lll and son of Edward, The Black Prince who died of dysentery in 1376.      

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]

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.