Coronation of a Tudor Boy King

A Boy King Henry VIII died on 28 January 1547, leaving his son, Edward Tudor, to inherit the English throne. At first, Henry’s death was a secret even to his only surviving legitimate son, Edward Tudor. His uncle – Edward Seymour, Earl of Hertford – and Sir Anthony Browne escorted Edward...

The boy king of France

On November 1, 1179, fourteen year-old Philippe Capet was crowned and anointed at Rheims as King of the Franks. By the time of Philippe’s death nearly 44 years later, he had greatly enlarged and transformed his dominion, and he was the first French monarch to style himself as the “King...

The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

On the 24th of August 1572, the sanguineous St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre was carried out. Under the influence of his homicidal mother, Catherine de’ Medici, King Charles IX of France ordered the murder of the Huguenot Protestant leaders in Paris, which triggered a wave of the shocking violence towards the Huguenots in...

Henry VIII’s last marriage

On the 12th of July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, Lady Latimer and widow of Sir John Neville, Baron Latimer of Snape. The final queen consort of the House of Tudor, Catherine was Henry’s sixth and final wife, who would outlive him and re-marry Thomas Seymour within a few months...

The Pope Urges Henry VIII to abandon Anne Boleyn

On the 11th of July 1533, Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was valid and legal. Effectively, it meant that the King of England’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was declared null and void. This is the excerpt from Letters and Papers (the source is...

A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour (part 6)

the links to part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, and part 5 of the series “A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour I’m deliberately posting the last part of the series today, on the day when the betrothal of Henry VIII and Jane Seymour was announced. After Anne...