24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

| April 24, 2015

24 April 1536 – Legal commissions set up by Sir Thomas Audley

On 24th April 1536, two commissions of oyer and terminer were set up by Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor. ‘Oyer and terminer’ comes from the French ‘to hear and to determine’ and denotes a legal commission formed to investigate and prosecute serious criminal offences, such as treason, committed in a particular county. These particular commissions […]

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

| April 23, 2015

23 April 1536 – A snub to George Boleyn or simply a promise kept?

23rd April is St George’s and is the day for announcing new appointments to the Order of the Garter, the highest order of chivalry in England. Back in 1536, George Boleyn, Lord Rochford and brother of Queen Anne Boleyn, was expected to be appointed to the Order. He had been nominated in 1535 and had […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

| April 18, 2015

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

On 18th April 1536, just a month and a day before Anne Boleyn’s execution, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador was manoeuvred into a position which forced him to encounter Anne Boleyn and bow to her, recognising her as queen. We know from Chapuys’ report to Charles V that he had refused the offer of visiting […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

| January 29, 2015

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn loses a son

On 29 January 1536, tragedy struck King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn suffered a miscarriage, losing “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. This miscarriage was a huge blow for the couple, who desperately wanted and needed a son, but it also had devastating consequences for Anne because it […]

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

| December 17, 2014

17 December 1559 – Matthew Parker consecrated as Archbishop of Canterbury

On this day in history, 17th December 1559, Matthew Parker was consecrated as Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury. Parker had been offered the post of Elizabeth I’s Archbishop of Canterbury in 1558, a post which he did not believe that he was right for or fit enough for (he’d had a nasty fall from a […]

5 Free Tudor Goodies Now Available

| July 23, 2014

5 Free Tudor Goodies Now Available

Good news! I’m giving away a pack of 5 FREE Tudor goodies here at The Anne Boleyn Files: – Report: The Fall of Anne Boleyn – Report: The Other Boleyn Girl – Fiction versus Fact – Report: Anne Boleyn’s Love-life – Book list: Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Books – and Anne Boleyn Primary Source […]

The Aftermath of the Events of May 1536

| May 21, 2014

The Aftermath of the Events of May 1536

Today I want to share with you an extract from The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown about the aftermath of the executions of May 1536, the reactions of some people on hearing the news… Although Cromwell’s propaganda machine had been working flat out, spreading the salacious and shocking news that the King of England […]

Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536

| May 19, 2014

Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536

“Queen Anne Boleyn, 19th of May 1536″ is the wording on the card that accompanies the basket of red roses delivered to the Tower of London each year on 19th May and placed on Anne Boleyn’s memorial tile in the chancel of the Chapel of St Peter ad Vincula. Whenever I go to the Tower […]