Henry VIII,the Reign
The Royal Progress 1535
4 Oct 1535
The entourage travelled to Portchester by the ship Harry Grace Dieu.
Henry II made much use of Portchester Castle and met here with the Bishop of Évreux during his conflict with Thomas Becket who defended the exiled archbishop.
As did his father, King John often stayed at Portchester Castle and was there when he heard of the loss of Normandy 1204. Portchester was also the departure point of missions to France in 1205 and 1213, when John launched his failed attempt to recover Normandy from Philip Augustus, King of France.
After signing the Magna Carta in 1215, John appealed to the pope to annul it and the rebel barons were excommunicated in September. The rebels turned to France for help, and they offered the English throne to the French king’s oldest son. Cromwell used this history to manipulate Henry, claiming the current dauphin, abetted by the de Boulognes, threatened to take the English throne for himself.