Christmas Day – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 25, 2014

Christmas Day – What Anne Boleyn would have read

During Advent I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an (Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year) because this was a work that Anne Boleyn owned and read. Anne was given a beautiful illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s […]

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

| December 21, 2014

The Fourth Sunday of Advent – What Anne Boleyn would have read

If you’ve read my previous three Sunday articles, you’ll know that I have been sharing readings from French Reformer Jacques Lefèvre d’Étaples’ book Epistres et Evangiles pour les cinquante et deux semaines de l’an, or “Epistles and Gospels for the 52 Weeks of the Year”. Anne Boleyn owned an illuminated manuscript of Lefèvre’s work, a […]

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

| November 14, 2014

14 November 1532 – The Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn?

Although we know that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had a private, and rather secret, marriage ceremony on 25th January 1533, chronicler Edward Hall also records a marriage ceremony on 14th November 1532, St Erkenwald’s Day: “The kyng after his returne, maried priuily the lady Anne Bulleyn, on sainct Erkenwaldes daie, whiche mariage was kept […]

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

| November 12, 2014

12 November 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn Set Sail for Dover

At midnight on Tuesday 12th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais bound for the Kent port of Dover. The couple had been in Calais since 11th October, with Anne acting as Henry’s consort while the King met with Francis I, King of France, to gain his […]

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

| October 29, 2014

29 October 1532 – Henry VIII says Goodbye to Francis I

On 29th October 1532, according to Wynkyn de Word, Henry VIII accompanied Francis I to Morgison, situated seven miles outside of Calais, and bid farewell to him there. Francis I then carried on to Paris: “And vpon the. xxix. daye of October the frensshe kynge departed fro Caleys to Parys ward and our kynge brought […]

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

| October 28, 2014

28 October 1532 – Henry and Anne’s Last Full Day in Calais

Monday 28th October 1532 was the last full day of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s time with Francis I in Calais. The Maner of the Tryumphe of Cales and Bulleyn, which was printed in 1533 by Wykyn de Worde, gives us details of what happened that day: “And vpon monday whiche was the. xxix. day […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

| October 27, 2014

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes a dramatic entrance at the banquet in Calais

On 27 October 1532 Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke and Henry’s consort in all but name, made a dramatic entrance at the banquet held by Henry VIII in Francis I’s honour at Calais. Chronicler Edward Hall describes Anne’s entrance: “After supper came in the Marchiones of Penbroke, with. vii. ladies in Maskyng apparel, of straunge […]

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

| October 25, 2014

25 October 1532 – Francis I makes Norfolk and Suffolk Knights of the Order of St Michel

On 25th October 1532 King Francis I of France made Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Knights of the Order of St Michel, which was the French equivalent of the Order of the Garter. Wynkyn de Worde recorded this event in his The Maner of the tryumphe of Caleys […]