Henry VII Chronology 1501 – 1502

King Henry VII 1501 

A chronology for the years 1501 and 1502 for Henry VII’s reign showing dates, events and details.

Events are coded:
 Births, Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths births marriages and deaths
Trials, Imprisonments and Executions trials and executions 
Wars, Battles and Rebellions Conflicts
Education, Art, Travel and Culture Culture
Property and Possessions Property and Possessions
Titles and Appointments Titles
Acts of Parliament Acts of Parliament
Treaties and oaths treaties
Church and Religion Religion
Birth of Anne Boleyn
A daughter, Anne, was born to Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Elizabeth Howard, daughter of the Duke of Norfolk, at Blickling Hall, Norfolk.
Richard Foxe Bishop of Winchester
Richard Foxe was appointed Bishop of Winchester. Winchester was the wealthiest see in the country.
Thomas Wolsey Chaplain
Thomas Wolsey became Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury, John Morton.
Prince Arthur Education
Thomas Linacre, a Humanist and friend of John Colet and Thomas More, was appointed tutor to Prince Arthur.
Thomas More Barrister
Thomas More qualified as a barrister. He set up his own practice. He also earned extra money by teaching at Furnivals Inn.
Greenwich Palace
A complex of recreational buildings was added to Greenwich Palace. It included facilities for chess, tables (backgammon and draughts), dice, cards, bils (billiards), bowls, archery and tennis as well as spectators galleries.
22nd January 1501
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Langton was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
22nd January 1501
Archbishop of Canterbury
Thomas Langton died before his consecration.
March 1501
Prince Arthur wedding arrangements
A platform was constructed outside St Paul’s Cathedral so that Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon could be witnessed taking their vows by the people of London.
26th April 1501
Archbishop of Canterbury
Henry Deane was appointed Archbishop of Canterbury.
21st May 1501
Catherine of Aragon journey to England
Catherine of Aragon left the Alhambra in Granada and began the first stage of her journey, from Granada to Corunna where she would board a boat for England.
16th June 1501
Thomas Howard
Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, was appointed Treasurer of England.
20th July 1501
Catherine of Aragon journey to England
Catherine of Aragon and her party reached the port of Corunna. Due to unfavourable weather they were confined to port.
17th August 1501
Catherine of Aragon journey to England
Catherine of Aragon set sail for England.
21st August 1501
Catherine of Aragon journey to England
A violent storm in the Bay of Biscay forced Catherine of Aragon to return to Spain.
27th September 1501
Catherine of Aragon journey to England again.
Catherine of Aragon set sail for England again.
2nd October 1501
Catherine of Aragon arrived in England
Catherine of Aragon reached England. She was given a warm welcome by the Mayor of Plymouth and the local people. She was escorted to Exeter where she was to stay
16th October 1501
Catherine of Aragon began her journey to London
A delegation of courtiers arrived in Exeter to escort Catherine of Aragon to London.
4th November 1501
Henry VII and Prince Arthur met Catherine of Aragon
King Henry VII and Prince Arthur were eager to meet the young bride and, rather than waiting until she reached Lambeth as planned, they rode to meet her party on the road. Both Henry and Arthur were pleased with her appearance and returned to London the following morning.
9th November 1501
Catherine of Aragon reached London
Catherine of Aragon reached Lambeth Palace in London where she rested.
12th November 1501
Catherine of Aragon formally entered London
Catherine of Aragon made her formal entry into London riding a gaily decorated horse. She was greeted with pageant’s along the route as she processed through the city.
14th November 1501
Marriage of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon were married at St Paul’s Cathedral by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Henry Deane, assisted by the Bishop of London, William Warham. The couple took their vows on a raised platform so that they could be seen by the people.
20th November 1501
Princess Margaret marriage arrangements
Negotiators from Scotland arrived in London to discuss arrangements for the marriage of Princess Margaret to James IV of Scotland. They were invited to attend the wedding celebrations for the marriage of Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon and were impressed by the extravagance.
28th November 1501
Dowry payment
As per the terms of the marriage treaty, Ferdinand and Isabella paid the first instalment of Catherine’s dowry, 100,000 crowns.
21st December 1501
Bristol merchants returned from Newfoundland. They brought with then three native people and a quantity of cod.
January 1502
Prince Arthur and Catherine – Ludlow
Prince Arthur and Catherine reached Ludlow Castle in the Welsh Marches.
January 1502
Gruffydd ap Rhys joined Catherine’s household
Gruffydd ap Rhys, son of Rhys ap Thomas, was appointed Catherine’s gentleman usher.
24th January 1502
Treaty of Perpetual Peace
This treaty between England and Scotland provided that each King would put an end to the border disputes and would not make war on each other or assist each other’s enemies. A Perpetual peace was to last for the lifetime of each king and their legitimate heirs and successors. The allies of each country were to be given the opportunity to be included in the treaty. The treaty would be sealed with the marriage of Princess Margaret to King James of Scotland.
1st February 1502
Master of the Rolls
William Barnes was appointed Master of the Rolls.
March 1502
Sweating sickness
There was an outbreak of sweating sickness in the west of England.
late March
Prince Arthur and Catherine ill
Prince Arthur and Catherine of Aragon were taken ill with a viral infection.
2nd April 1502
Prince Arthur died
Prince Arthur died from a viral infection at his castle in Ludlow. Messengers were sent to London to take the news to King Henry VII.
23rd April 1502
Prince Arthur funeral
The funeral service for Prince Arthur took place in the Parish Church at Bewdley. Arthur’s coffin was then taken to the Abbey of St Wulfstan in Worcester for burial.
late April or early May
Catherine returned to London
Catherine made the journey from Ludlow to London dressed in black mourning clothes.
May 1502
Catherine of Aragon in Durham House
Catherine of Aragon and her Spanish courtiers were given accommodation in Durham House.
May 1502
William de la Pole and William Courtenay imprisoned
With only one surviving male heir, Henry feared a conspiracy against him and imprisoned William de la Pole, brother of the Earl of Suffolk who had exiled himself and William Courtenay son of the Earl of Devon.
6th May 1502
James Tyrrell executed
James Tyrrell was executed for murdering the Princes in the Tower.
June 1502
Marriage negotiations for Catherine and Henry
The Spanish ambassador, de Puebla, suggested a possible marriage between Catherine and Prince Henry.
19th June 1502
Treaty of Aachen
Henry VII agreed a treaty with Holy Roman Emperor, Maximilian. Henry promised to give Maximilian 10,000 crowns towards his war with Turkey and Maximilian agreed to stop giving refuge to Henry’s enemies, notably Edmund de la Pole.
July 1502
Marriage negotiations for Catherine and Henry
Having learned that her daughter was still a virgin, Isabella of Spain instructed Catherine’s confessor, de Puebla, that a marriage between Catherine and Prince Henry would be in the best interests of Spain.
September 1502
Ayala recalled to Spain
The Spanish ambassador Don Pedro Ayala was recalled to Spain. It is likely that this action was taken following complaints about him by Catherine’s duenna, Dona Elvira. De Puebla was instructed to take over negotiations for the marriage of Catherine to Prince Henry.


First published 2017; updated and re-published Sept 28, 2020 @ 6:43 pm – Updated – Dec 7, 2021 @ 12:37 pm

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2017 – 2021). Henry VII 1501 – 1502 Chronology Available: http://www.tudornation.com/henry-vii-1500-1502-chronology Last accessed [date]


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