In August 1541 the Bishop of Lincoln hosted King Henry VIII and his queen, Catherine Howard, in his magnificent palace.

The couple stayed at Lincoln Medieval Bishops' Palace during a 'royal progress' between London and York. These tours were an exercise in public relations, enabling the king's subjects to catch a glimpse of their monarch, and giving the king the opportunity to remind his powerful and wealthy nobles who was in charge.

William Colburne, a royal herald, witnessed the spectacular pomp and ceremony of the royal procession through the city, and described the king dressed in green velvet, and his queen dressed in crimson. During this visit Catherine is thought to have met in secret with Thomas Culpepper, a junior member of the King’s Privy Chamber.  Within a year, she had been executed for treasonable adultery.

Lincolnshire places with royal tales to tell

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