31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

Posted By on May 31, 2016

Apollo and the Muses on Parnassus by Hans Holbein the Younger - A design for a montage for the coronation procession.

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.

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31 May 1529 – The Legatine Court opens

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Wolsey and CampeggioOn 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.

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