The Tudor Society
  • The 1536 Pilgrimage of Grace Rebellion

    On this day in history, Wednesday 4th October 1536, there was trouble in Horncastle, Lincolnshire. This was part of what we know as the Lincolnshire Rising which, in turn, was part of the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion.

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  • Expert talk – Henry VII by Nathen Amin

    Thank you to this month’s Tudor history expert, Nathen Amin, for this talk on Henry VII. Nathen is the perfect person to speak on this topic and you’ll enjoy the huge amount of detail he has put into this video.

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  • Richard III

    As today is the anniversary of the birth of King Richard III, on 2nd October 1452, I thought I’d share an extract from my book Illustrated Kings and Queens of England and links to Tudor Society resources and further reading on Richard III.

    Richard III (1452-1485)
    Rule: 1483-1485
    Marriages: Anne Neville, daughter of Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick
    Issue: Edward of Middleham. 2 illegitimate children: John of Gloucester; Katherine Plantagenet.

    Richard III was born on 2 October 1452 at Fotheringhay Castle and was the youngest son of Richard, Duke of York, and Cecily Neville, daughter of the Earl of Westmorland. He became king after deposing his nephew Edward V in June 1483 and was crowned on 6 July 1483 at Westminster Abbey.

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  • This week in history 2 – 8 October

    On this day in history…

    2nd October:

    1452 – Richard III, the last Plantagenet king, was born at Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire.
    1501 – Catherine of Aragon arrived in England, landing at Plymouth in Devon. She had come to England to marry Prince Arthur, the heir to the throne of England.
    1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, set off from Dover to sail to France to marry King Louis XII. She was eighteen and he was fifty-two, and not in the best of health. They married on 9th October 1514, but the marriage was short-lived as Louis died in January 1515. Mary went on to marry Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk, on the 3rd March 1515.
    1518 – Treaty of London – Cardinal Wolsey’s treaty of “Universal” peace between France and England was signed.
    1521 – Pope Leo X was given Henry VIII’s Assertio septem sacramentorum or “Defence of the Seven Sacraments” in Rome. This work led to Henry VIII being proclaimed Fidei Defensor or “Defender of the Faith”.
    1528 – Publication of William Tyndale’s “The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern”.
    1536 – Start of the Lincolnshire Rising, the beginning of the Pilgrimage of Grace. It was sparked off by a sermon at evensong on the 1st October at St James’s Church, Louth, and by a visitation from a registrar on 2nd October.

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  • Transcript of Live Chat with Elizabeth Norton

    Thanks to all those who came to last night’s wonderful live chat with Elizabeth Norton. The topic was the lives of Tudor women and Elizabeth’s other research and books. We had a lively time and lots of questions were asked and answered.

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  • 1 October 1553 – Mary I is crowned queen

    On this day in history, Sunday 1st October 1553, the first official queen regnant of England was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Her name was Mary and she was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. She was crowned Queen Mary I and she reigned from 19th July 1553 to her death on 17th November 1558.

    The coronation ceremony lasted from 11am, when Mary processed into Westminster Abbey to 4pm, when Mary processed out of the abbey and into Westminster Hall for her coronation banquet.

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  • Tudor Statesmen Wordsearch

    This week’s Sunday puzzler is a wordsearch. Just how much do you know about the statesmen of the Tudor era? Test yourself with this wordsearch!

    Not only do you have to find the words (and they can be in any direction – ha ha!) but you have to solve the clues first. Good luck!

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