Young Henry FitzRoy’s death: tinged in selfish and painful hues for King Henry VIII

On this day in history, the 23rd of July 1536, Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset, died at St James’s Palace in London.  Although Henry VIII took enough mistresses in his date, he had only one acknowledged illegitimate son – Henry FitzRoy, whose mother was his mistress, Lady Elizabeth...

Poems of Anne Boleyn’s feelings before and after her coronation

During the coronation procession as Anne sees the people’s gloomy faces What shall this day bring to me, June?  A brilliance with every summer hue:  The cloud-white dream of happiness, Shot with the primrose sunshine through… Or shall my coronation bring me pain, People do not want me, their stillness...

Catherine Parr’s unwanted wedding to Henry VIII

On this day in history, the 12th of July 1543, Henry VIII married Catherine Parr, widow of Sir Edward Burgh and Sir John Neville, Baron Latimer of Snape.  The wedding took place in the queen’s closet at Hampton Court Palace.  Sometime in the spring of 1543, the aging ruler proposed...

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...

A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour (part 5)

the links to part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 of the series “A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour On the 15th of May 1536, a fatal love triangle was untangled – Anne Boleyn was sentenced to death. Anne Boleyn and George Boleyn were tried in the King’s Hall...

A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour (part 3)

the link to part 1 and part 2 of the series “A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour” is here   May 1536 was the most dramatic and tragic episode in the life of Anne Boleyn. The drama began on the traditional May Day joust at Greenwich Palace....

A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour (part 2)

the link to part 1 of the series “A fatal love triangle: King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and Jane Seymour” is here    The fatal love triangle of Henry VIII, Anne, and Jane Seymour was at the centre of the grisly murder of Queen Anne Boleyn. In April 1536, stormy clouds...

The End of the Tudor Dynasty: Death of Queen Elizabeth I

On the 24th March of 1603, Queen Elizabeth I, the daughter of King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, died at Richmond Palace. She ruled England for almost forty five years. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the second queen regnant in England, one of England’s most well-known monarchs,...

Did Mary Queen of Scots have her “last laugh” despite being executed by Elizabeth I?

One of my readers asked me a question what I think about Mary Queen of Scots "getting the last laugh” over Queen Elizabeth I because Mary's son James became the king, even though Elizabeth ordered Mary’s death. Therefore, I feel obliged to write this post, as I absolutely disagree with this...

Birth of Princess Mary Tudor, the future Queen Mary I of England

Princess Mary Tudor, the only surviving daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, was born in the early hours of 18th February 1516, at Greenwich Palace. Mary was Catherine’s fifth pregnancy, after four previous unsuccessful pregnancies which had resulted in the birth of a stillborn daughter and three short-lived or...

The mystery of the poem “O Death, Rock Me Asleep”

Like many historians, researches, readers of historical fiction, and Anne Boleyn fans, I like thinking that Anne wrote the poem/song “O Death, Rock Me Asleep” on the eve of her execution on the 19th of May 1536. It is a great and beautiful poem that conveys a tremendous wealth of “dark” emotions – agonizing torment, mental...

The tragic end of some Januaries for Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon

In various years of the 16th century, the end of January was quite a tragic time for Henry VIII’s two wives – Anne Boleyn and Catherine of Aragon. It was a time of unhappiness, distress, loss, and tragedy for both Catherine and Anne. The end of January 1535 was the official...