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15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On this day in Tudor history, 15th November 1527, a woman who called herself “the excellent Princess Katherine, Countess of Devon, daughter, sister and aunt of kings”, died at Tiverton Castle in Devon.

Katherine of York, Countess of Devon, daughter of King Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, was just forty-nine when she died and had taken a vow of chastity after her husband's death.

In this talk, I give an overview of Henry VIII's aunt's life and I explain why she took her vow of chastity. Find out all about her.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 15th November 1532, a rather cross Pope Clement VII threatened King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn with excommunication.

The English king had angered the pope by defying his instructions and previous threats, and going his own way by setting aside Catherine of Aragon and living with Anne Boleyn. The pope was not impressed with this disobedient king.

In this video, I share excerpts of the pope’s letter, and I explain the context and what happened next.

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  1. C /

    I have a niece that lives in Tiverton, so I know it well. The church was finished in 1073 and I still there as is the castle, but the Courtney’s have their seat at Powderham Castle, nr. Exeter. I love it when Devon is included in Tudor history. Thanks Claire.

  2. C /

    Oops, just noticed I spelt Courtenay’s wrong.

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15 November – The death of Katherine of York and the Pope threatens Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn