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 […]

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn “went to mass in Royal state”

| April 12, 2015

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn “went to mass in Royal state”

On Saturday 12 April 1533, Easter Eve, Anne Boleyn attended mass in the Queen’s Closet of Greenwich Palace “with all the pomp of a Queen, clad in cloth of gold, and loaded (carga) with the richest jewels.” Her husband, Henry VIII, had informed his council the day before that she was to be recognised as […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

| April 11, 2015

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn the Queen

Good Friday 1533, the 11th April, was a big day for Anne Boleyn because it was on that day that Henry VIII ordered his council to recognise Anne Boleyn as his righful wife and queen. While Henry was meeting with his council, his new Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Cranmer, was working on the annulment of […]

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

| April 9, 2015

9 April 1533 – Catherine of Aragon to “abstain from the title of Queen”

On 9th April 1533, a delegation of Henry VIII’s councillors, headed by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk, visited Catherine of Aragon and informed her that the King was now married to Anne Boleyn. After they left, Catherine’s Chamberlain, Sir William Blount, 4th Baron Mountjoy, had to tell her that she had been demoted from […]

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2015

23 March 1534 – The First Act of Succession

On the very same day that the Pope pronounced sentence on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, ruling in Catherine’s favour and pronouncing it valid, Parliament in England passed the First Act of Succession declaring the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and recognising the rights of their issue to inherit the […]

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 […]

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

| January 25, 2015

25 January 1533 – Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn at Whitehall

On 25 January 1533, St Paul’s Day, Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. In a letter to Archdeacon Hawkyns, written in June 1533 and recording Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Cranmer wrote: “But now, sir, you may not imagine that this coronation was before her marriage; for she was married much about […]

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

| January 8, 2015

8 January 1536 – Joyful Yellow and Triumphant Parading

I’ve written about this subject before but I received so many questions about it yesterday that I thought I’d write another article on the wearing of yellow after Catherine of Aragon’s death and ‘who wore what when’. As I mentioned yesterday, on 7th January 1536 Henry VIII’s first wife, Catherine of Aragon, died at Kimbolton […]