Category 16th century

The ‘Mary Rose’ sails no more

Sunday 19th July 1545 was the day that the Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII’s fleet, sank off Portsmouth 34 years after coming into service.   In 1971 the wreck was located, raised and is now a museum that attracts visitors from across the world. The actual reason why she sank remains a matter for […]

Queen Elizabeth – Francis Drake – and a place in Spain

There are times when history research can be extremely frustrating! For instance – the date for Francis Drake’s ‘singing of the King of Spain’s beard’ is quoted by some as Wednesday 19th April 1587 while others place it 10 days later on Saturday 29th April 1587. There is one thing that is clear though – […]

Today is the day of St Michael and All Angels – Michaelmas Day

There is a perk on this day if you are interested. By tradition one may sleep late on St Michael’s Day! This tradition says that:          ‘Nature requires five and Custom gives seven; Laziness takes nine, and Michaelmas eleven.’ 29th September is one of the four days of the year on which quarterly rents are/were traditionally […]

The story of King Henry’s Mary Rose

Sunday 19th July 1545 was the day that the Mary Rose, flagship of King Henry VIII’s fleet, sank off Portsmouth 34 years after coming into service.  The wreck was located in 1971, raised and is now a museum that attracts visitors from across the world. The reason why she sank, however, remains a matter for […]

King Henry’s last wife

We all know that Henry VIII had many wives – 6 in total – but we rarely remember that 3 of them were named Catherine.  Catherine of Aragon came first [marriage annulled] and was followed by Anne [annulled & beheaded].  Jane was his third wife who died 12 days after giving birth to the future […]