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June 11 – St Barnabas Day, Sir Anthony Cooke, and Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon

Today, 11th June, is the Feast of St Barnabas, a feast day that was celebrated by the Tudors by decorating churches with garlands of flowers.

Find out more about St Barnabas and how he was commemorated in medieval and Tudor times...

Today is also the anniversary of the death of Sir Anthony Cooke on 11th June 1576. Cooke was a well-known Tudor humanist and educator with famous daughters.

Find out more about this Tudor man...

And on this day in 1509, seventeen-year-old King Henry VIII married twenty-three-year-old Spanish princess, Catalina de Aragón, or Catherine of Aragon, his brother's widow, at a private ceremony at Greenwich.

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June 11 – St Barnabas Day, Sir Anthony Cooke, and Henry VIII gets married to Catherine of Aragon