Category Royal death

The Attempt on the Life of the Queen exactly as reported by The Graphic newspaper on 11th March 1882

INTENSE horror and alarm were created all over the country by the news that, on Thursday last week, an attempt had been made to shoot the Queen, but the assurance which was at the same time circulated that Her Majesty had escaped unhurt tended greatly to allay the excitement, and perhaps to lessen the universal […]

An Attempt on the Life of the Queen

Today, as I write this, it is Thursday 2nd March 2017.  What I want to do, though, is to take you back to Thursday, 2nd March 1882 because, on that day, one Roderick McLean attempted to assassinate Queen Victoria at Windsor with a pistol. Apparently McLean’s motive was a curt reply to some poetry that […]

The legacy of Queen Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

On this Friday, 27th January 2017, the magnificent cathedral in the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd […]

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 […]

The answers from last week and five more questions for this week

Hello – I hope you enjoyed the first posting in our Tudor story.  Before we go on to pose some more questions let’s deal with the answers to last week’s questions first:  There was a war called ‘The War of the Roses’ during the Tudor era.  This is true: Henry Tudor was a Lancastrian who […]

England’s Tudor facts – True or False

I hope you had fun with Conundrums for Fun.  It’s now run its path – the last five answers were posted last Wednesday 27th April.  I don’t want you to now sit twiddling your fingers and mind-sets so I thought you might like a simple (!) alternative. It is based on various happenings in England […]

The burial of Queen of Katharine of Aragon at Peterborough

This week-end the City of Peterborough will be remembering the death and burial of Katharine – the first wife of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Mary I. Katharine’s marriage to Henry was ruled null and void by Thomas Cranmer the Archbishop of Canterbury on 23rd May 1533. She was exiled from court and […]