8 September 1560 – The Death of Amy Dudley, wife of Robert Dudley

| September 8, 2013

On Sunday 8th September 1560, Amy Dudley (nee Robsart) died at Cumnor Place near Abingdon, her rented accommodation. Her death is rather a mystery. Her body was found at the foot of the stairs when her servants returned from their day out at the Abingdon Fair and although the coroner ruled that Amy, “being alone […]

24 August 1572 – St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

| August 24, 2012

On this day in history, 24th August 1572, during the reign of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s daughter Elizabeth I, 3,000 Huguenots (French Protestants) were massacred in Paris and a further 7,000 in the provinces in the following days. You can read more about it in my article St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre It was an […]

10 July 1553 – Lady Jane Grey Proclaimed Queen

| July 10, 2012

On the afternoon of Monday 10th July 1553 a party of people arrived at the Tower of London by barge. The party consisted of Lady Jane Grey, her husband Guildford Dudley, her parents and Guildford’s mother, and they had travelled from Syon. At the Tower, they were greeted by John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland (Guildford’s […]

28th April 1603 – Elizabeth I’s Funeral

| April 28, 2012

On this day in history, 28th April 1603, Elizabeth I’s funeral took place in London. I have written in detail about the funeral before, so here is an extract from my previous article… After her death on 24th March 1603, the body of Queen Elizabeth I was placed inside a lead coffin and carried by […]

11 April 1554 – Execution of Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger

| April 11, 2012

On this day in history, 11th April 1554, Sir Thomas Wyatt the Younger, son of the poet and diplomat Sir Thomas Wyatt, was executed for his part in the recent rebellion which we now know as “Wyatt’s Rebellion”. You can read more about Wyatt and the rebellion in the following articles:- Sir Thomas Wyatt the […]

Thomas Seymour – A Man with Much Wit and Very Little Judgement

| March 20, 2012

On this day in history, 20th March 1549, Thomas Seymour, 1st Baron Seymour of Sudeley and Lord High Admiral, was executed on Tower Hill for treason. It was a sad end to a man who had been the brother of one queen, the husband of another (when she was queen dowager), uncle of the King, […]

8 February 1587 – Mary Queen of Scots is Executed

| February 8, 2012

On the morning of the 8th February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle. It was a brutal death, taking three blows of the axe (some say that it was two blows followed by the executioner sawing her neck!) to decapitate this ill-fated queen. As the executioner held up her head to […]

Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554

| January 22, 2012

On 22nd January 1554, Thomas Wyatt the Younger met with fellow conspirators at his home of Allington Castle in Kent to make final plans for their uprising against Mary I and her decision to marry Philip of Spain. As Ian W Archer explains in his article about Thomas Wyatt, “The anomalous position of a king […]

22 January 1552 – Execution of Edward Seymour

| January 22, 2012

Between 8 o’clock and 9 o’clock on the morning of the 22nd January 1552, former Lord Protector of England, Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset, was executed by beheading on Tower Hill in London. The famous Tudor chronicler Charles Wriothesley recorded his execution:- “Fryday, the 22 of January 1552, Edward Seimer, Duke of Somersett, was beheaded […]

The Tale of Agnes Bowker’s Cat

| January 16, 2012

In researching my Friday 13th article on superstitions for The Anne Boleyn Files, I came across the tale of Agnes Bowker who went in to labour on the night of the 16th January 1569 and gave birth to a cat on the 17th. In his book, “Travesties and Transgressions in Tudor and Stuart England: Tales […]