12 April 1533 – She has changed her name from Marchioness to Queen

| April 12, 2016

12 April 1533 – She has changed her name from Marchioness to Queen

On Easter Eve, Saturday 12th April 1533, 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.”1 This was her first public appearance since her husband, Henry VIII, had informed his council the previous day […]

2 April 1536 – Henry VIII, King Ahasuerus, Anne Boleyn and Queen Esther

| April 2, 2016

2 April 1536 – Henry VIII, King Ahasuerus, Anne Boleyn and Queen Esther

On 2nd April 1536, Passion Sunday, Anne Boleyn’s almoner, John Skip, preached a rather controversial sermon in the presence of King Henry VIII. Skip’s sermon was based on the Old Testament story of King Ahasuerus “who was moved by a wicked minister to destroy the Jews” but Queen Esther stepped in with different advice and […]

Today is Maundy Thursday

| March 24, 2016

Today is Maundy Thursday

Today is Maundy Thursday, the feast day that commemorates the Last Supper, that final meal that Jesus Christ had with his disciples before his arrest. You can read all about how what the Tudors did on this day, including details of the foot-washing ceremony, in my article over at the Tudor Society – click here. […]

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

| March 23, 2016

23 March 1534 – The Pope rules in favour of Catherine of Aragon

On 23rd March 1534, Pope Clement VII declared that the marriage of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon “always hath stood, and still doth stand, firm and canonical […] and that the aforesaid Henry king of England is and shall be bound and obstrict to the matrimonial society and cohabitation with the said lady Katherine […]

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

| January 29, 2016

29 January 1536 – A miscarriage and a burial

On 29th January 1536, Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, miscarried “a male child which she had not borne 3½ months”.1 As well as being a huge blow for both Anne and the king, this miscarriage was to have devastating consequences for Anne, her brother, some of their friends and Anne’s daughter, Elizabeth. […]

25 January 1533 – A St Paul’s Day wedding for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

| January 25, 2016

25 January 1533 – A St Paul’s Day wedding for Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII

Early in the morning of 25th January 1533, the feast of the conversion of St Paul, King Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn in a secret ceremony performed by Rowland Lee, Henry VIII’s chaplain. In attendance on the king and queen, according to Nicholas Harpsfield, the Catholic apologist writing in Mary I’s reign, were Henry Norris […]

8 January 1536 – Who wore yellow?

| January 8, 2016

8 January 1536 – Who wore yellow?

At this time of year, around the anniversary of Catherine of Aragon’s death in 1536, I tend to receive emails and comments regarding Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn wearing yellow to celebrate Catherine of Aragon’s death and the colour of yellow also being the colour of mourning on Spain. It’s a topic that always comes […]

14 November – A big day in 1501, 1532 and 1541

| November 14, 2015

14 November – A big day in 1501, 1532 and 1541

Today is a rather jam-packed day in history and as well as the usual births and deaths – including the hanging of poor Hugh Faringdon (born Cook), Abbot of Reading, for treason (for upholding papal superemacy) – we have three important Tudor events. I have already written detailed articles on these events, so simply click […]