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Henry VIII's honeymoon

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In August 1540 Henry VIII visited Rycote with his new bride Katherine Howard on their summer progress. Henry's visit was to be the first in a long succession of royal visits to Rycote that would stretch to 1683. Katherine was Henry's fifth wife and their marriage had taken place on 28 July 1540 following the annulment of Henry's marriage to Anne of Cleves (Warnicke, 'Katherine Howard', ODNB). The royal couple's host was Sir John Williams, who had acquired Rycote from Giles Heron in 1539 (LP Henry VIII, vol. 15, p. 215). Heron, the son-in-law of Sir Thomas More, was executed for treason in 1540. Williams was the King's Master of the Jewels.

It would seem that Henry and Katherine visited Rycote on 26 August 1540 and left the next day. A meeting of Henry's Privy Council was held at Rycote on 26 August (LP Henry VIII, vol. 15, p. 499). Amongst the Council's business was the case of John Heron, the illegitimate brother of Rycote's former owner Giles, apparently accused of practising magic (LP Henry VIII, vol. 15, p. 499). A day later, at Notley, he was examined on the subject of his brother's treason. Henry seems to have arrived at Rycote on the afternoon of 26 August, a prior meeting of the Privy Council having been held earlier that day at Ewelme. A further meeting was held on the 27 August at Notley (LP Henry VIII, vol. 15, p. 498-9). If Henry travelled with his Privy Council on these days, his stay at Rycote would have been for one night.

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Henry VIII's honeymoon

In August 1540 Henry VIII visited Rycote with his new bride, Katherine Howard, on their summer progress.
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