Shakespeare and Greenwich | The Shakespeare blog

The remains of the Tudor palace at Greenwich

There is something special about the place where important events took place, no matter how long ago. Even where there are no remaining signs on the ground people still visit: perhaps the draw is that these sites make us use our imaginations so strongly.

It’s always surprising to find bits of the London that Shakespeare knew beneath…

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“Henry VIII is actually one of my heroes” | W.U Hstry

“Henry VIII is actually one of my heroes”

I overheard these words from a senior gentleman. Now, this topic is a very controversial one as ‘Henry’ and ‘hero’ haven’t exactly met eye-to-eye in Tudor historiography. This Tudor has traditi…

Source: “Henry VIII is actually one of my heroes” | W.U Hstry

The execution of Thomas Cromwell (1540) | The Lost City of London

On this day in 1540, Henry VIII’s Chief Minister Thomas Cromwell was beheaded at Tower Hill on trumped-up charges of treason and heresy, having eighteen days earlier been attainted, or  in o…

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The Execution of Anne Boleyn ~ May 19, 1536 « The Freelance History Writer

On May 10th and 11th of 1536, the Grand Juries of Middlesex and Kent had arraigned Queen Anne Boleyn on various charges. These included adultery with Sir Henry Norris, Sir William Brereton, Sir Francis Weston and musician Mark Smeaton. She was also charged with incest with her brother George Boleyn, Lord Rochford. There were charges of plotting the King’s death with some of these men along with giving them gifts.

On May 15, in the King’s Hall in the Tower of London, Anne went to trial. The court was presided over by…

Source: The Execution of Anne Boleyn ~ May 19, 1536 « The Freelance History Writer.

On this day in 1518 – the Treaty of London was celebrated with a mass in St Paul’s

I’d be interested to know why Turkey wasn’t included.

Tudor Chronicles

The Treaty of London was the brain child of Cardinal Wolsey in attempt for universal peace. Wolsey invited all European countries to London, with the exception of Turkey, in an attempt to end all warfare between the countries in Europe. The treaty was initiated on 2nd October 1518 by England and France, who were the first two signatories it was followed by other nations and the Pope. The agreement established a defensive league. They would agree to uphold peace across Europe and make war upon any nation that broke the Treaty.

The Treaty allowed Henry greater standing in Europe and England fast became the third most powerful nation behind France and Spain. For the majority of the time the treaty was upheld, there were wars between Denmark and Sweden that lasted just a few years and an alliance of England and Spain against France.

On 3rd October 1518…

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Book Review – Henry VIII’s Last Love: The Extraordinary Life of Katherine Willoughby, Lady-in-Waiting to the Tudors by David Baldwin

By Nathen Amin

David Baldwin’s latest release is a fascinating portrayal of a woman who almost became the seventh wife of Henry VIII; as it was the king died before any plans came to fruition and the name of Katherine Willoughby was somewhat lost to history. Baldwin attempts, and will succeed, bringing the erstwhile Duchess of Suffolk back into the spotlight with this in-depth account of her life at the most famous royal court in English history.

Somewhat fittingly for a future Duchess of Suffolk, Katherine was born in March 1519 in Parham Old Hall in Suffolk as the daughter of Baron Willoughby de Eresby and Spaniard Maria de Salinas. Her father was one of the greatest landowners in the region whilst her mother was a close friend and lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon. The wedding of Baron Willoughby and Maria de Salinas incurred the support of King Henry…

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The Mad Monarchist: Princely Profile: Thomas Cardinal Wolsey, “Ipse Rex”

Originally posted on The Mad Monarchist

Known as the personification of the problems in the Catholic Church of his time, Cardinal Wolsey was worldly, wealthy and ambitious. Yet, like most figures of the Renaissance or any period in history Wolsey had his good points as well as his failings. He rose to prominence during the reign of King Henry VII, founder of the Tudor dynasty and was a major figure at court as well as acting as an envoy to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian. When Henry VIII came to the throne Wolsey’s star was to rise even higher, and the young king had complete trust in the clever churchman. One way this came about was mutual ambition. Henry VIII wanted power and glory and would abide no one who tried to discourage him. Wolsey realized this and was always eager…

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