Guest Article By P. Deegan Part 1: The Rise - Mainly Katherine vs Anne This article was going to be about the downfall of Anne Boleyn. However I believe her downfall must be seen within the context of their whole relationship so this article now covers her rise as well as her fall. There is a certain amount of personal speculation within this but it is written as an internet article so I feel I can have a little leeway in the composition. Part One covers the first 7-8 years [More]
I know I am not the only one who stares at portraits and compares them to find similar facial features. Someone suggested a side by side of their portraits to see which parent each child looks most like. I did my best to find images that looked similar. Please weigh in - in the comment section below! Hope you enjoy!
"Rose without a Thorn" On 28 July 1540, Henry VIII married Katherine Howard at Oatlands Palace (see image). The ceremony was performed by Bishop Bonner in private. Their nuptials were kept secret for ten days before returning to the insanity of court life. The king, who was infatuated with his new bride, wanted to spend quality time alone with her before returning to his courtly duties. In Katherine, Henry found what represented the qualities that he admired most [More]
Birth: October 1507/08 (determined by the # of ladies in her funeral procession) Parents: Sir John Seymour & Margery/Margaret Wentworth Siblings: Edward, Elizabeth, Thomas & Henry (may be more) Spouse: King Henry VIII Children: King Edward VI Jane Seymour was a descendant of King Edward III's son Lionel of Antwerp, 1st Duke of Clarence. Because of this, she and Henry VIII were fifth cousins. Jane was likely educated by her mother. She was [More]
The year was 1514 and Thomas Wolsey was Henry VIII's favorite. On 15 September Wolsey was appointed Archbishop of York. When Henry took the throne in 1509 Wolsey was by his side as his almoner (official distributor of alms). From there his favor grew along with his titles. Wolsey was instrumental for Henry since he was able to make all the difficcult decisions that Henry couldn't be bothered with. The king preferred to 'play' and be merry instead of make the difficult [More]
Elizabeth Blount came to court as a maid-of-honor to Katherine of Aragon. A maid-of-honor was considered a junior attendant under lady-in-waiting to the queen. She was more commonly known as Bessie. Bessie was the daughter of Sir John Blount and Catherine Pershall. Her father, Sir John, was known to be extremely loyal to the royal family. Not much is known about Bessie Blount in her early years - other than she was a great beauty. It was at court that the teenager caught [More]