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]
I found a short 5-minute video on YouTube called, "Lady Margaret" - about the life of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury. It's very entertaining and educational at the same time, please take a minute to check it out as it was created by Historic Royal Palaces. It touches base on the Wars of the Roses, the impact she had on Princess Mary's (later Queen Mary I) life, her son Reginald Pole's betrayal of the King and her ultimate execution.
1540 - Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex arrested & imprisoned on June 19, 1540. From the son of a blacksmith to the 1st Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell's fortunes grew, as did his friendship with Henry Vlll. That friendship with Henry is what inevitably caused his demise. Henry Vlll was an irrational man -- Thomas did not receive a trial, and was sentenced to the axe. 1566 - King James VI of Scotland/James l of England was born on this day, June 19, 1566. Jam [More]