On This Day 19th May 1536
On 19th May 1536 Anne Boleyn was executed on Tower Green, found guilty of adultery, incest and treason, on evidence that appeared to onlookers to be extremely flimsy. However, the trial was a foregone conclusion – the specialist executioner, a swordsman from Calais had been summoned in advance of the verdict – to render the execution swift. The Queen’s remains were buried in the Church of St Peter ad Vincula, within the Tower of London.
On This Day 18th May 1517
On 18th May 1517 Margaret, Dowager Queen of Scots, departed for Scotland. She had spent some eighteen months in England, after being deprived of her role as Regent for her son, James V. Whilst in England, she gave birth at Harbottle Castle to Lady Margaret Douglas, her daughter by her second husband, the Earl of Angus. After some weeks of excruciating sciatica, brought on by the birth, Margaret travelled in state to London where she was welcomed by her brother, Henry VIII, her sister-in-law, Katharine of Aragon, and her sister, Mary, the French Queen. The court feasted and partied, but Henry was always eager for Margaret to return to Scotland to increase English influence there, and to save him the expense of maintaining her – Margaret was extravagant and permanently short of cash. A grand procession was formed to accompany her on her way north, including Sir Thomas Parr and the Earl of Northumberland, although the Earl made excuses for his wife, perhaps on the ground of cost.
On This Day 17th May 1590
On 17th May 1590, Anne of Denmark was crowned as Queen of Scots at Holyrood, in the first Protestant coronation ceremony in Scotland. Fifteen year old Anne had married James VI, the previous August after he had travelled to Denmark to collect her in person – previous embassies having been ship-wrecked. Anne later became a great patron of the arts, particularly when her husband’s accession to the English throne gave her more spending power – read more on her court masques here
In this Guest Article, Jennifer Rizzio looks at the influence that Henry VIII's wives had on Tudor ideals of beauty and fashion.Read article
- Leopards and 'Little John' - the Elizabethan Priest-hole Maker in Guest Articles
- Tudor Royal Propaganda: 'We must not let in daylight upon magic' by Tracy Borman in Guest Articles
- Hostage to Fortune: Katharine Parr and the Pilgrimage of Grace in Guest Articles
- The Pilgrimage of Grace in Military & Warfare