Death of Henry FitzRoy

On the 22nd of July 1536, Henry FitzRoy, the Duke of Richmond and Somerset, who was the only acknowledged illegitimate son of Henry VIII and his mistress, Elizabeth Blount, died at St James’s Palace. Born on the 15th of June 1519, he turned only seventeen over a month before his death.

Charles Wriothesley (the author of “A Chronicle of England During the Reigns of the Tudors, From A.D. 1485 to 1559”) recorded Henry FitzRoy’s death:

“Also the twentith tow daie of Julie, Henrie, Duke of Somersett and Richmonde, and Earle of Northampton [Nottingham], and a base sonne of our soveraigne King Henrie the Eight, borne of my Ladie Taylebuse, that tyme called Elizabeth Blunt, departed out of this transitory lief at the Kinges place in Sainct James, within the Kinges Parke at Westminster […] and he was buried at Thetforde in the countie of Norfolke.”

Most historians think that FitzRoy died of tuberculosis that is the most probable natural cause of his death. It seems that FitzRoy became sick some time before his death, although his biographer Beverley A. Murphy cites his documented public appearances and activities in April and May 1536, including his attendance at the execution of Anne Boleyn. Most likely, FitzRoy’s health was deteriorating slowly, but steadily, over a year and perhaps even longer.

However, FitzRoy’s sudden death caused quite a stir at his father’s court: there was a persistent and groundless talk that the young duke might have been poisoned. According to some sources, when Anne Boleyn was arrested on the 2nd of May 1536, Henry VIII went to Henry FitzRoy and pulled his son into his arms, weeping and saying that the young man was lucky to escape being poisoned by Anne. But Anne had been dead for over two months by the time FitzRoy drew his last breath, and the theory of Anne’s implication in the Duke of Richmond’s poisoning is totally implausible.

Henry VIII was utterly devastated with the loss of Henry FitzRoy. I think the king’s grief was partly caused by a feeling of his personal failure as well: Henry was married to Jane Seymour, but Prince Edward wasn’t born yet, and at that time he didn’t have a male heir and any other surviving illegitimate son. The king’s bereavement was real, but it also had a selfish tinge to it as well.

FitzRoy didn’t have a lavish funeral. Henry had left the burial arrangements to FitzRoy’s father-in-law, Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, and FitzRoy was quietly at Thetford Priory. His remains were later moved to St Michael’s Church, Framlingham, due to the dissolution of the priory; his wife, Mary Howard, was buried with him there after her death in 1557.

The Ramirez Arellano descended from the Kings & Queens of Aragón, like that first wife of Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon.
Before Spain was just Spain like the country, it was a kingdom and it was divided into two: Castilla and Aragon.
Regardless of Reyna’s father being from the army, some still love to generalize and look at her as a poor Latin American girl.  Reyna’s family is rich, famous and goes back to Spanish royalties. Damn, I knew that regal composure of hers cannot just simply be faked. I fucking knew it.

Now, go spread the word.

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Prince Henry (future Henry VIII) took up a classical curriculum under poets such as Bernard André, John Skelton, and was heavily influenced by Erasmus and Thomas More. However, it was his mother, Queen Elizabeth of York, who taught Henry his basic skills of reading and writing.
On the 2nd of November 1495, Henry VII paid £1 ‘for a book bought for my Lord of York’. Henry was then only four, and a half and there is no trace of a formally appointed tutor –his handwriting was quite unlike that of his known teachers, and in some ways very like the handwriting of his sister Mary. ‘It could pass for Henry’s,’ said Dr Starkey. The only difference is Henry leans more heavily on the page.
Only a few fragments written by Henry’s mother have survived, and it shows how similar her children’s writing was to hers. The conclusion is that it was Elizabeth herself who taught Henry to read and also taught her children to write. x

Hampton Court Palace Ghost

Closed circuit security cameras at Hampton Court Palace in London, England caught this famous picture of a ghostly figure in period dress. Stunned employees at Henry the VIII’s palace do not know where it came from or who or what it is. Security personnel checked the closed circuit TV footage to find out who kept leaving one of the palace’s fire doors open. They were shocked to find a ghost or apparition on the footage. The palace was built in 1525.

(source; http://neilbartlett.tripod.com)

Pace London Director, Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, has recently curated “Henry VIII and his Six Wives” at Sudeley Castle in Gloucestershire. Catherine Parr, the last of Henry the VIII’s six wives, is buried there, and in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of her birth, Hiroshi Sugimoto’s uncanny photographs of wax figures of the Tudor monarch and all his wives will be on view until October 31st, 2012.


royal zodiac signs | C A N C E R
(21 June – 22 July) ♋; ruled by the Moon; element: water; strengths: loyal, strong-willed and caring; the fourth sign of the zodiac