Today in Tudor History...
18 May 1497 - Death of Katherine Woodville,She was the sister-in-law of King Edward IV of England and gave birth to several illustrious children. Catherine was the daughter of Richard Woodville, 1st Earl Rivers, and Jacquetta of Luxembourg. When her sister Elizabeth married King Edward IV, the King elevated and promoted many members of the Woodville family. Elizabeth Woodville's household records for 1466/67 indicate that Catherine was being raised in the queen's household.
Sometime before the coronation of Elizabeth in May 1465, Catherine was married to Henry Stafford, 2nd Duke of Buckingham; both were still children.After Richard III was defeated by Henry Tudor at Bosworth in 1485, Catherine married the new king's uncle Jasper Tudor on 7 November 1485.
After Jasper's death in 1495 - not later than 24 February 1496- Catherine married Richard Wingfield, who outlived her.
18 May 1536 - Anne Boleyn’s execution was postponed.(on the morning of May 19 the time was changed again-from 9:00 A.M. to noon.)
Anne was to have died on May 18, three days after her trial, but her queenly bearing throughout the plainly unjust proceedings had brought a large sympathetic crowd to Tower Green. Lord Thomas Cromwell, who was in charge of the execution, hoped the throngs of people would disperse if Anne's death were delayed a day. He also lowered the scaffold in order to obscure the view of the spectators. The tactics didn't work, and on the morning of May 19 the time was changed again--from 9:00 A.M. to noon. Anne complained to jailer Sir William Kingston, "I thought to be dead by this time and past my pain." Kingston replied, "It is no pain, it is so subtle." He was astonished at her sudden burst of laughter as she commented: "I heard the executioner is very good, and I have a little neck." Kingston uncomfortably concluded that "this lady hath much joy and pleasure in death." Anne experienced rapidly shifting moods, but she never lost control. "The people will have no difficulty in finding a nickname for me: I shall be Queen Anne Lack-Head," she told her hovering ladies-in-waiting.
Anne spent her last day praying in her chamber at the Tower of London
18 May 1536-Charles V. to Chapuys.
We have by your man, the bearer, received your two letters and learnt the occurrences with you. You did well to dispatch him to certify us of what has happened about the Concubine; and since the case is so manifest, as we suppose, by the Divine will, and the King takes it to heart as he ought, we think, as we wrote you in our last letters (copy with this) that the King will wish to marry again; and having since our said previous letters thought over the marriages (partiz de mariage) therein mentioned between the said King and the Infanta of Portugal, daughter of the queen of France, our sister, and of don Loys of Portugal, our brother-in-law, we have decided that it will be better openly to declare to the said King, in the way that you shall see most fitting, as the affair of the Concubine proceeds, and you can learn the King's inclinations from Cromwell and others, that, knowing what has taken place, we have charged you to put before him the said marriages, the more to show him the cordial affection we have always retained towards him and the peace of his realm, and that if it please him to listen to them we have good hope, in accordance with the perfect friendship between the king of Portugal and us, of conducting the affair. You shall use your best dexterity to forward the said matches (partiz), which we desire particularly to be able to conduct for several good reasons, and we do not intend you to speak of the other match, of the duchess of Milan, for the said King, unless you see there is no way to the preceding, and that he is seeking another marriage. And since we wrote fully in our preceding letters about the proposals and communications you have had with the King and Cromwell, we will add nothing but that we continue our journey towards Piedmont, where the French king's army is, to do against it what we shall see fit; and from Alessandria, where we shall decide what to do, we will write more fully. Borgo St. Donino, 18 May 1536.
Sir William Kingston to Cromwell
I have been with my lord of Rochford, and showed him the clause of your letter. He answered that he had sent you word by Dr. Alryge. Notwithstanding, he says that he made suit to you for promotion of a White Monk, of the Tower Hill, and with your help he was promoted to the abbey of Vale Sante Crewsys, in Cheshire, and he had for his promotion 100l., and at Whitsuntide next should receive 100l. more, but for this the King has the obligations. He supposes the said abbey is suppressed and the abbot undone, and his sureties also. As yet I have heard nothing of my lord of Canterbury, and the Queen desires much to be shriven. I am very glad to hear of the "executur" of Cales, for he can handle that matter. For the gentlemen, the sheriffs of London must make provision. As yet I hear of no writ, but they are all ready, and, I trust clean, to God. They shall have warning in the morning, and I shall send at once to Master Eretage for carpenters to make a scaffold of such a height that all present may see it. If you wish more to be done, let me know. The Tower.
You must help my lord of Rochford's conscience for the monk, if need be; and also he spake unto [me] for the bishop of Develyn, for he must have of the said Bishop
18 May 1593 – Playwright Thomas Kyd's accusations of heresy lead to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.