Posted By Claire on May 31, 2016
Apollo and the Muses on Parnassus by Hans Holbein the Younger – A design for a montage for the coronation procession.
On this day in history, just under three years before her execution on 19th May 1536, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn was enjoying the celebrations surrounding her coronation, which was scheduled to take place on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey.
On 31st May 1533, her coronation procession took place, with the queen processing through the streets of London, from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall.
I wrote a detailed post about the procession back in 2013, which includes maps to show the route of the procession and also primary source descriptions of the pageants involved – click here to read that now.
Posted By Claire on May 31, 2016
On this day in history, 31st May 1529, formal proceedings began into Henry VIII’s case for an annulment at a special legatine court presided over by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey and Cardinal Lorenzo Campeggio at Blackfriars in London.
The case came to nothing when it was adjourned in July 1529 for a summer recess, never to meet again. Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon was not formally annulled until May 1533.
You can read more about this in my article Cardinal Campeggio and the Legatine Court.
Today is also the anniversary of the birth of Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII, in 1443. Click here to read more about her.
On the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. Chronicler Edward Hall records: “On Friday at dinner served the king all such as were appointed by his highness to be knights of the […]
On Thursday 29 May 1533, two days after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the celebrations for Anne’s coronation began in earnest. The four days of celebrations kicked off with a river procession, or pageant, down the River Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich […]
On 27 May 1537, chronicler and Windsor Herald Charles Wriothesley recorded the celebrations following the news of “the Queenes quickninge of childe”, i.e. Queen Jane Seymour feeling her baby move in her womb for the first time: “Alsoe, the 27th daye of Maye 1537, being Trynytie Sondaye, there was Te Deum sounge in Powles for joye […]
On 26th May 1536, exactly a week after the execution of her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, the Lady Mary wrote to Thomas Cromwell, her father’s right hand man, asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf and for permission to write to the king. Read more…
On this day in 1553,1 a triple wedding took place at Durham House, the London residence of John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland. Lady Jane Grey married Guildford Dudley, one of the Duke’s sons, her sister Lady Katherine Grey married Lord Henry Herbert, son of the Earl of Pembroke, and Guildford’s sister, twelve year-old Lady Catherine […]
Thank you to Clare Cherry, co-author of George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat, for sharing her thoughts on Anne Boleyn’s position as “the other woman” and second wife. Divorce is highly distressing and stressful, especially when there is a third party involved. Sometimes couples come to the mutual decision that their marriage is at […]