England · Kings · Popes · Queens

November 14, 1501–Arthur Tudor Marries Katherine of Aragon

My first great love of history, literature, and kings/queens/dukes/duchesses/etc. was sparked by Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl. I think 2009 was the first year I read that book, and it changed everything about how I saw the 1500s and history I probably should have known all along. Her amazing book led me to read… Continue reading November 14, 1501–Arthur Tudor Marries Katherine of Aragon

England · Kings · Lancaster

November 6, 1429–Henry VI of England is Crowned

Growing up, I had an early love for history. It was one of my favorite subjects every year in school. Surprisingly, I had to fight for my grades–because the emotionless dates just wouldn’t stick in my brain. The stories did. The stories that scared me for some reason were those of the Kings and Queens,… Continue reading November 6, 1429–Henry VI of England is Crowned

Habsburgs · Kings · Spain

November 6th 1676 – King Charles II becomes King of Spain

I have always been fascinated with the dynastical (did I make up a word?) reigns of kings and emperors. I am especially amazed at the young ones. Tutankhamen became Pharaoh at 7, Louis VII became king of France at 11, and 339 years ago today, Charles II became King of Spain at the ripe old… Continue reading November 6th 1676 – King Charles II becomes King of Spain

England · Kings · Regicide

November 5,1605 – The Gunpowder Plot / Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November, Gunpowder treason and plot. We see no reason Why gunpowder treason Should ever be forgot! Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent To blow up king and parliament. Three score barrels were laid below To prove old England’s overthrow. By God’s mercy he was catch’d With a darkened lantern and… Continue reading November 5,1605 – The Gunpowder Plot / Bonfire Night

England · Kings · November · Popes

November 4, 1529 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey arrested

Thomas Wolsey 1473 – 1529 Held the titles Cardinal-Archbishop of York and Lord Chacellor. Wolsey was chief minister for King Henry VIII, was not respected by Parliament, and did not use them to help him govern. During his time and Chancellor 1515 – 1529 he summoned Parliament one time. He maintained good standings and favor… Continue reading November 4, 1529 – Cardinal Thomas Wolsey arrested