Category Royal Marriage

The King and Mrs Simpson

It was Tuesday 27th October 1939 that Mrs Wallis Simpson, an American socialite, received divorce papers ending her marriage to Ernest Simpson. This was part of a chain of events that changed the course of history in Great Britain. Wallis Simpson was having an affair with King Edward VIII and the relationship made him very […]

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 […]

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 […]

this week offers shergar; conscription; a royal marriage; murder; execution; working wounded; st valentine’s day

A varied collection of stories this week for events in 1554, 1828, 1840, 1859,1916, 1983 and one day every year. Horse theft is followed by consciption and objection; peoples varied celebrations of a Royal marriage is followed by murder for the benefit of health. We also have a story that follows the death of a king. We end this week with jobs for the wounded from the Crimea and end with a kiss – or similar.

Lord Byron, Henry VIII, William Pitt the Younger & Prime minister gladstone all appear this week

It’s Thursday 4th January 1821 and Lord Byron is in Italy at Ravenna and records in his diary: ‘A sudden thought strikes me. Let me begin a Journal once more. The last I kept was in Switzerland, in record of a tour made in the Bernese Alps, which I made to send to my sister […]