1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

| September 1, 2014

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is created Marquis of Pembroke in her own right

On 1st September 1532, Anne Boleyn was created Marquis of Pembroke, a title in her own right, at a ceremony at Windsor Castle. The purpose of the granting of the title was to “fit” Anne for the European stage, in readiness for the couple’s upcoming meeting with King Francis I of France. Despite years of […]

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

| August 21, 2014

21 August 1535 – King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn Visit Nicholas Poyntz

As part of their summer progress to the south-west of England, on 21st August 1535 King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn visited courtier Nicholas Poyntz at his home, Acton Court, in south Gloucestershire.The progress also included a stay with the Walsh Family at Little Sodbury Manor on 23rd August. This royal progress was not […]

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

| August 6, 2014

6 August 1504 – Birth of Matthew Parker, Chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury

On 6th August 1504, Matthew Parker, chaplain to Anne Boleyn and Archbishop of Canterbury in her daughter’s reign, was born in the parish of St Saviour, Norwich. Parker was the son of worsted weaver William Parker and his wife Alice Monings [Monins] from Kent. Parker was educated at Corpus Christi College in Cambridge, where he […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

| July 11, 2014

11 July 1533 – The Pope Declares Henry VIII’s Marriage to Anne Boleyn Null

On 11th July 1533, just over a month after Anne Boleyn’s coronation, Pope Clement VII declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn was null, as was the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and threatened the King with excommunication if he did not abandon the pregnant Anne and return to Catherine. The […]

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

| June 22, 2014

22 June 1528 – Death of William Carey, Husband of Mary Boleyn

On 22nd June 1528, William Carey, husband of Mary Boleyn and an Esquire of the Body to King Henry VIII, died. He was the victim of the outbreak of sweating sickness which also killed many members of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s household and monks at London’s Charterhouse. Carey was not the only member of the […]

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2014

1 June 1533 – The White Falcon Triumphant: The Coronation of Anne Boleyn

On 1st June 1533, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey. She was crowned by Archbishop Cranmer with the crown of St Edward, which had previously only been used for crowning the reigning monarch. You can read all about the coronation ceremony and banquet in my article Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation. You […]

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2014

31 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

On this day in 1533, at 5pm, Anne Boleyn left the Tower of London in a procession which took her from the Tower, through the streets of London, to Westminster Hall. I wrote a detailed article about the route and its lavish spectacles last year – see 31 May 1533 – The Coronation Procession of […]

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

| May 30, 2014

30 May 1533 – 18 Knights of the Bath Created

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533 eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath at the Tower of London as part of Anne Boleyn’s coronation celebrations. The men included Sir Frances Weston, who would be executed for adultery with Anne in 1536; the Marquess of Dorset, Frances Brandon’s husband and son-in-law of Charles Brandon, […]