Category Marriage

17th October is the Feast Day of St. Etheldreda of Ely

In A.D, 597 St. Augustine, a great Roman missionary, came to Kent to try to convert the pagan Saxons to Christianity. He was well received and people all over the country became enthusiastic supporters of the new religion. Among these people was Anna, the King of East Anglia and one of his four daughters, Etheldreda, […]

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 […]

Katharine of Aragon’s last letter to her husband, King Henry VIII

On Friday last, 27th January 2017, the people of Peterborough and beyond came to remember the death and buriel of King Henry 8th’s first wife Katharine of Aragon. I saw little of the actual service because a group of us in appropriate costume guided some 360 chidren from St John’s Church to the Cathedral, and […]

A King prefers his Lady

On 20th of January 1936, King George V died and so his eldest son Edward began his reign as King Edward VIII. During his reign the new King travelled a lot with a Mrs. Wallis Simpson with him on almost every single trip.  In November King Edward VIII wanted to talk to his favourite adviser […]

The answers from last Friday’s Tudor challenge – and another 5 for this week

The answers to last week’s 5 True or False challenges are: 11. The statement that Tudors drank water with their meals was FALSE.  People knew that drinking water made them ill so they rarely drank any.  Most people – including children – drank ale or beer.  Ale had been the staple drink but was now […]

The answers from last week’s Tudor challenge – and 5 more for you

6. Henry VIII had six wives – and half of them were executed.  This is false.  He did have six wives – but only two were executed.  The sequence I learned at school went – divorced – beheaded – died – divorced – beheaded – survived.  The ladies in question were: Catherine of Aragon who […]