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.  

#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, dowager Queen of France – 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 … [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]