Tudor History with Claire Ridgway
30 June - Henry VIII and Catherine Howard set off on Progress

30 June - Henry VIII and Catherine Howard set off on Progress

June 30, 2021
On this day in Tudor history, 30th June 1541, Henry VIII and his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, set off on their progress to the north of England.
 
Why did Henry VIII choose to go to the North? Find out in this edition of #TudorHistoryShorts from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/7fK7uUiUICQ
 
For a more detailed video, see https://youtu.be/YJqgOXlqxYo
Claire is the founder of the Tudor Society, an online membership site for those who love Tudor history. There, you can learn from Claire and many other expert historians and authors, enjoy Tudor-focused magazines and live Q&A sessions with experts, and have access to all kinds of talks, articles, quizzes, virtual tours and more. Try it with a 14-day free trial - https://www.tudorsociety.com/signup/
 
Claire has written some bestselling Tudor history books:
 
On This Day in Tudor History - https://amzn.to/3oceahH
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown - https://amzn.to/3m8KaSi
George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat - https://amzn.to/2TdwyZr
The Anne Boleyn Collection - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T
The Anne Boleyn Collection II - https://amzn.to/3o9LUwi
The Anne Boleyn Collection III - https://amzn.to/3kiQc1T
The Life of Anne Boleyn Colouring Books - https://amzn.to/3jkJ5Vz
 
Claire has also done an online history course, The Life of Anne Boleyn, for MedievalCourses.com - https://medievalcourses.com/overview/life-anne-boleyn-mc06/
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
Did Thomas Culpeper have a brother called Thomas and was Catherine Howard pregnant?

Did Thomas Culpeper have a brother called Thomas and was Catherine Howard pregnant?

May 5, 2021
Thank you so much to Sarah from the UK for her questions regarding Thomas Culpeper's brothers and sisters, and whether he really had a brother called Thomas Culpeper. Sarah also asked whether Catherine Howard had got pregnant before her marriage and whether she got pregnant during her marriage to Henry VIII. Could she even have been pregnant on the scaffold?
 
Historian Claire Ridgway, who did start a book on Catherine Howard's fall, answers Sarah's questions and tells us a bit more about the two Thomas Culpepers, as well as rumours of Catherine's pregnancy in 1541. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
25 Interesting Facts about Catherine Howard

25 Interesting Facts about Catherine Howard

May 2, 2021

Catherine Howard was King Henry VIII's fifth wife. She was married to the king for less than two years, and was executed on 13th February 1542 after being found guilty of treason by attainder.

We know her as the queen that did cheat on Henry VIII, but there is far more to her than that.

Hear 25 interesting facts about Catherine in this talk from historian Claire Ridgway. You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/oZk7qtjg474

Book recommendation: Young and Fair and Damned by Gareth Russell, an excellent biography of Catherine Howard.

Catherine Howard’s Execution - Fan Q&A

Catherine Howard’s Execution - Fan Q&A

February 27, 2021

A big thank you to Naomi for her question regarding the executions of Catherine Howard, fifth wife of Henry VIII, and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford.

In Showtime's "The Tudors" series, it shows Jane Boleyn being executed first, but was that really the case?

Author and historian Claire Ridgway looks at what really happened on 13th February 1542 and also looks at whether Catherine really saw the heads of Francis Dereham and Thomas Culpeper on her way into the Tower, whether she practised with the block the night before her execution, and what the two women said as they addressed the crowd from the scaffold.

Book recommendation: Young and Damned and Fair by Gareth Russell, an excellent book on Catherine Howard.

You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/jZsmPArUBTg

Mad people can be executed, a miscarriage of justice, problematic prophecies and William Waste All - February 8-14 Part 2

Mad people can be executed, a miscarriage of justice, problematic prophecies and William Waste All - February 8-14 Part 2

February 11, 2021
In this second part of This Week in Tudor History for the week beginning 8th February, historian Claire Ridgway talks about two parliamentary acts that allowed a king to execute his wife and to execute people showing signs of madness; a miscarriage of justice which led to a priest being executed in Elizabeth I’s reign; an Elizabethan astrologer who was ridiculed after his prophecies didn't come true,  and a man known as William Waste-all.
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/9WrA3ivcjCU
 
11th February 1542 - King Henry VIII gave his assent "in absentia" to an act of attainder against his fifth wife, Catherine Howard, and her lady-in-waiting, Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford. A bill allowing people showing signs of lunacy was also passed, an awful thing, but the king was determined to take revenge.
 
12th February 1584, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I - The executions of five Catholic priests by hanging, drawing and quartering at Tyburn. One of them, James Fenn, suffered a huge miscarriage of justice, being accused of plotting in Rome when he was actually in England, in prison, at the time!
 
13th February 1564, in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I - Astrologer and physician John Harvey was baptised at Saffron Walden in Essex. Harvey ended up being ridiculed with his brother, Richard, after their prophecies of apocalyptic events didn't come true.
 
14th February 1492, in the reign of King Henry VII - Death of William Berkeley, Marquis of Berkeley, a man who took part in the last English battle fought between private armies of feudal magnates, but who was nicknamed William Waste All by the family historian.
 
Teasel's Tudor Trivia video on Valentine's Day can be found at https://youtu.be/iSl4Zk7htSc 
 
Videos on other Tudor events for 11-14th February:
February 11 - The birth and death of Elizabeth of York - https://youtu.be/FIeJtsYCvcU
February 11 - Success for George Boleyn - https://youtu.be/m9Gs3tvgCWo
February 12 - The executions of Lady Jane Grey and Lord Guildford Dudley - https://youtu.be/qf7up1CHfJA
February 12 - Blanche Parry, a mother figure to Elizabeth I  - https://youtu.be/eaB9piZbhxs
February 13 - Bess of Hardwick - https://youtu.be/zCehMXaVkqs
February 13 - The Executions of Catherine Howard and Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford - https://youtu.be/4nGL47QKe4k
February 14 - Being a royal favourite doesn't save you - https://youtu.be/5A5CSKvzbhE
February 14 - A dog licks up the king's blood - https://youtu.be/jg-97Zi5ZLs
December 9 - A scary time for Queen Catherine Howard’s stepgrandmother

December 9 - A scary time for Queen Catherine Howard’s stepgrandmother

December 9, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 9th December 1541, sixty-four-year-old Agnes Tilney, the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk and step-grandmother of Queen Catherine Howard, who was being detained at the Lord Chancellor's home, was questioned regarding the location of her money and jewels.
 
Why? What was all this about? 
 
Find out about this, why the dowager duchess ended up in the Tower, and what happened when she was indicted for misprision of treason, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of several Tudor history books.

Also on this day in Tudor history, 9th December 1538, 1538, courtier and gentleman of the privy chamber, Sir Edward Neville, was beheaded on Tower Hill.
He had been condemned to death for treason, accused of conspiring against the king in the Exeter Conspiracy of 1538, along with members of the Pole family. He was also accused of saying "The King is a beast and worse than a beast", which is not a wise thing to be overheard saying in Tudor England. Find out more about Neville's life and downfall in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/B97vIS-UFRA 
August 25 - Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and uncle of two queens

August 25 - Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and uncle of two queens

August 25, 2020
On this day in history, 25th August 1554, Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, magnate, soldier and uncle of Queens Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard, died of natural causes at his home of Kenninghall in Norfolk. He was laid to rest in St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, Suffolk.
 
Find out more about this important Tudor man, and how he escaped the axe-man and died at a good age in his bed, in this talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown". You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/gkA0xdCzT6Q
 
Also on this day in Tudor history, 25th August 1549, Robert Kett and his rebels launched an attack on the south side of Norwich and burned a number of buildings. Kett's Rebellion lasted from July 1549 until the Battle of Dussindale on 27th August 1549, but what was it all about? What were the rebels' grievances? Find out in last year’s video - https://youtu.be/FKq4MyLj-KM 
February 10 - Catherine Howard goes to the Tower

February 10 - Catherine Howard goes to the Tower

February 10, 2020
On this day in Tudor history, 10th February 1542, Catherine Howard, King Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was escorted by barge from Syon House, where she’d been kept since November 1541, to the Tower of London in preparation for her execution.
 
Sadly, the queen would have seen the heads of her former lover, Francis Dereham, and her sweetheart, Thomas Culpeper, as she made her way to the Tower - a reminder of her own fate.
 
Find out more in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History".
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
https://youtu.be/jYbD8-Qua-s
 
Also on this day in history, 10th February 1567, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered. You can find out more about what happened to him in last year's video - https://youtu.be/wEJqXONguns 
November 6 - Henry VIII abandons Catherine Howard

November 6 - Henry VIII abandons Catherine Howard

November 6, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, Sunday 6th November 1541, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife, was abandoned by her husband the king at Hampton Court Palace. She would never see him again.
 
On the same day, Queen Catherine was visited by a delegation of king's council members and informed of allegations made against her.
 
What exactly happened on this day in 1541 and what has this to do with Hampton Court Palace's 'Haunted Gallery'? Find out in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, author of "On This Day in Tudor History".
 
Book recommendations: "Young and Damned and Fair" by Gareth Russell; "The Remains of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury", collected and arranged by Rev. Henry Jenkyns, Volume 1 available at https://archive.org/details/remainsthomascr01jenkgoog/page/n5
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
September 16 - Henry VIII and Catherine Howard get lots of money!

September 16 - Henry VIII and Catherine Howard get lots of money!

September 16, 2019
On this day in Tudor history, 16th September 1541, King Henry VIII entered the city of York as part of his Northern Progress with his fifth wife, Catherine Howard.
 
This was a chance for the people of the North to show their loyalty to their king and his consort, and to make up for rebelling against him. How could they do that? Well, by getting on their knees in submission and paying him lots of money.
 
Find out more about this progress and how the king ended up being humiliated too, in today's talk from Claire Ridgway, founder of the Tudor Society.
 
You can see this podcast as a video at the following link:
 
You can find Claire at:
https://www.instagram.com/anneboleynfiles/
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