Advent and the first Sunday of Advent

| November 27, 2016

The four weeks of Advent (meaning “coming”), the season of waiting and preparation for the birth of the Messiah, began on Advent Sunday, the fourth Sunday before the Nativity. It was a time of fasting, i.e. abstaining from meat. Today, 27th November is Advent Sunday and to commemorate this day I wanted to share with […]

12 November – A departure, interrogation, death and funeral procession

| November 12, 2016

12th November was a busy day in Tudor history and I’ve picked out four key events for you to read more about: At midnight on 12th/13th November 1532, King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Calais to head back to Dover. Chronicler Edward Hall writes: “On Tewesdaie at midnight he […]

Did Mark Smeaton father Anne Boleyn’s baby?

| November 11, 2016

Yes, that is the question that I find myself answering today. I’ve never actually had someone ask me that or even argue about it with me, but while I was researching Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s 1535 royal progress I came across an article that put forward the theory that Mark Smeaton fathered the baby […]

Tips for surviving today

| November 8, 2016

Tips for surviving today

I’m not in the US and I’m not American but it’s hard to get away from what’s happening today. My social media feeds are full of videos, posts, news articles – you name it! – about the election. I feel like hibernating today and perhaps I will. Obviously, some of you will be wanting to […]

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes an entrance

| October 27, 2016

27 October 1532 – Anne Boleyn makes an entrance

Henry VIII and Francis I, King of France, had arrived at Calais, which was English territory at the time, on 25th October 1532 to continue the talks they’d had in Boulogne and to meet with Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, Henry’s queen-in-waiting. After his arrival in Calais, Francis I sent Anne Boleyn a diamond via […]

21 October 1532 – Henry VIII goes to Boulogne and Anne Boleyn stays in Calais

| October 21, 2016

21 October 1532 – Henry VIII goes to Boulogne and Anne Boleyn stays in Calais

On this day in history, 21st October 1532, King Henry VIII left Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, at Calais while he rode to Boulogne to spend four days at the French court with King Francis I. Read more… Also on this day in history, 21st October 1536, during the Pilgrimage of Grace rebellion, Robert Aske […]

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

| October 11, 2016

11 October 1532 – Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn are Calais bound

On this day in history, 11 October 1532, at just before dawn, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, Marquis of Pembroke, set sail from Dover in the King’s ship The Swallow. Their destination was Calais and the purpose of their trip was to gain King Francis I of France’s support for their relationship and their quest […]

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

| October 2, 2016

2 October 1528 – The Obedience of the Christian Man by William Tyndale

On this day in history, 2nd October 1528, English reformer and Bible translator William Tyndale published his book The Obedience of the Christian Man and How Christian Rulers Ought to Govern. In his book, Tyndale wrote that rulers were accountable to God, not the Pope. As I have written before, Anne Boleyn owned a copy […]