The Ghosts of the Tower of London

Tower of London

This summer we’re heading back to the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula at the Tower of London. It’s an amazing place and is resting place to some of the most famous names in English history. Who are they? We’ve put together a quick fire rogue’s gallery of some of the Tower’s famous names

 

Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

 

Anne Boleyn
1504-1536

  • Anne Boleyn was the second wife of Henry VIII and the mother of Elizabeth I
  • Henry had to divorce his first wife so he could marry her which led the beginnings of the English Reformation
  • She had the honour of being the first English queen…..to be executed in public

 

 

Sir Thomas More

Sir Thomas More

 

Sir Thomas More
1478-1535

  • Thomas More was an English lawyer, scholar and writer
  • He was also an MP and chancellor in the reign of Henry VIII and one of his close advisors until…
  • …he stopped giving advice that Henry liked, so he was executed because he woudn’t recognise Henry VIII’s divorce

 

 

 

Lady Jane Gray

Lady Jane Gray

 

Lady Jane Grey
1537 – 1554

  • Jane Grey was Queen of England for a mere nine days in 1553
  • She got caught up in part of an unsuccessful bid to prevent the accession of the Catholic Mary Tudor when Edward VI (Henry VIII’s only son) died
  • She was executed for treason

 

 

Catherine Howard

Catherine Howard

 

Catherine Howard
1523-1542

  • Catherine was the fifth wife of Henry VIII
  • She married Henry VIII on 28 July 1540, almost straight away after he’d got rid of the last one!
  • She was beheaded after less than two years of marriage to Henry on the grounds of treason (again!) for committing adultery while married to the King

 

 

John Fisher

John Fisher

 

 

John Fisher
1469 – 1535

  • John Fisher was an English catholic priest, bishop, and theologian
  • He was executed by order of Henry VIII for refusing to accept the king as Supreme Head of the Church of England… which got a few people into trouble
  • He’s laid to rest next to Sir Thomas More in the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula and in the Catholic Church they share a saints day!

 

 

Find out more! Try the Tower of London’s Beat the Gaoler game and find out more about some of its more famous (former) residents.

Check out our playlist and explore the music you’ll hear:

We’d love you to join us for Weary, Guiltless Ghosts. Explore the tumultuous political landscape of the 16th century through words and music in the building where some of its most important figures lie. There are just a few tickets available so make sure you get yours now.

Weary, Guiltless Ghosts
Monday 15 June, 7.15pm
Chapel Royal of St Peter ad Vincula
Book tickets now >>

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