13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday

| April 13, 2014

13 April 1536 – Anne Boleyn and Maundy Thursday

Yesterday I wrote about Anne Boleyn attending Easter Eve mass as Queen and now we fast-forward three years and find her taking part in Easter celebrations just over a month before her execution. On the 13th April 1536, Maundy Thursday, Anne Boleyn did her duty as Queen, distributing Maundy money (alms) and washing the feet […]

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn Attends Easter Eve Mass as Queen

| April 12, 2014

12 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn Attends Easter Eve Mass as Queen

Following Henry VIII’s orders to his council the previous day to accord Anne Boleyn royal honours, and Catherine of Aragon’s demotion to Dowager Princess of Wales, the pregnant Anne attended mass on Holy Saturday in the Queen’s Closet of Greenwich Palace “with all the pomp of a Queen, clad in cloth of gold, and loaded […]

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

| April 11, 2014

11 April 1533 – Anne Boleyn is Accorded Royal Honours and Cranmer works on the Annulment

On 11th April 1533 Henry VIII informed his Council that Anne was his rightful wife and Queen and that she should be accorded with royal honours.1 On the same day Thomas Cranmer, the newly consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury, wrote to the King “Beseeching the King very humbly to allow him to determine his great cause […]

Jane the Fool

| April 1, 2014

Jane the Fool

As it’s April Fools’ Day today, I thought I’d take a look at Jane the Fool, the woman who was court fool to Queen Anne Boleyn, Queen Mary I (when she was princess and queen) and Queen Catherine Parr. Jane was what John Southworth, in his book “Fools and Jesters at the English Court”, refers […]

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

| March 23, 2014

23 March 1534 – Parliament Passes the First Act of Succession

On this day in 1534, the First Act of Succession was passed by Parliament. It vested the succession in the heirs of Henry VIII and his second wife, Anne Boleyn, and it required subjects to swear an oath, the Oath of Succession, renouncing any foreign authority and recognising Anne Boleyn as Henry VIII’s wife and […]

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s Romance

| February 14, 2014

Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s Romance

We have the gift of hindsight, we know how Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn’s relationship ended, and so we can be quite cynical about their relationship and Henry’s feelings towards Anne. But Henry pursued Anne for seven years and was married to her for over three, and he broke with his beloved Church, the Church […]

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

| January 29, 2014

29 January 1536 – Anne Boleyn “Miscarried of her Saviour”

On 29th January 1536, the same day that Catherine of Aragon was buried, Henry’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”. You can read more about this miscarriage, my examination of the primary sources and my thoughts on the deformed foetus theory in my article Anne Boleyn’s […]

Happy Wedding Anniversary Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – 25 January 1533

| January 25, 2014

Happy Wedding Anniversary Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn – 25 January 1533

On this day in history, 25th January 1533, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn got married in a secret ceremony at Whitehall. You can read all about the marriage in my article 25 January 1533 – Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. This might not have been the first marriage ceremony that the couple had […]