1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is made Marquis of Pembroke

| September 1, 2015

1 September 1532 – Anne Boleyn is made Marquis of Pembroke

On 1st September 1532, at a ceremony at Windsor Castle, Henry VIII made Anne Boleyn Marquis of Pembroke, a title in her own right. 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. Henry and […]

Queen Anne Boleyn takes to her chamber

| August 26, 2015

Queen Anne Boleyn takes to her chamber

On 26th August 1533, Queen Anne Boleyn took to her chamber to prepare for the birth of her first child, the future Elizabeth I. Anne’s “taking her chamber” ceremony took place at Greenwich Palace. A heavily pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn attended a special mass at the palace’s Chapel Royal and then processed with her ladies […]

21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

| August 21, 2015

21 August 1535 – Acton Court welcomes Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn

On 21st August 1535, Henry VIII and his second wife Anne Boleyn visited Acton Court, in Iron Acton, south Gloucestershire, as part of their progress to the south-west. Acton Court was the home of Sir Nicholas Poyntz, a man who was known for his support of religious reform. In preparation for the royal visit, Poyntz […]

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

| July 11, 2015

11 July 1533 – The Pope threatens Henry VIII over Anne Boleyn

On 11 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. Read more… Also on this day in history… 1536 – Death […]

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

| June 1, 2015

1st June 1533 – The noble triumphant coronation of Queen Anne Boleyn

On Whit Sunday 1533, 1st June, a pregnant Anne Boleyn was crowned queen by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer at Westminster Abbey. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had waited six years for this day and they must have felt real triumph and joy. Anne was queen and she was pregnant, all was good with the world. The […]

31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

| May 31, 2015

31 May 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Procession

On 31st May 1533, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn processed through the streets of London from the Tower of London to Westminster Hall in readiness for her coronation the following day. You can see maps showing the procession route and stops, and a detailed run-down of the procession, pageants and entertainment in an article I […]

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

| May 29, 2015

29 May 1533 – Anne Boleyn’s Coronation Celebrations Kick Off

Anne Boleyn was crowned queen on 1st June 1533 but her coronation wasn’t just a one day event, the celebrations and pageantry were spread over four days. The Milanese ambassador estimated that the celebrations cost the City of London around £46,000 and Henry half that again – phew! The first event took place on Thursday […]

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

| May 28, 2015

28 May 1533 – Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn is valid

On 28th May 1533, five days after he declared the annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer proclaimed the validity of Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn following a secret enquiry at Lambeth Palace. Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had already been married four months, long before the annulment, but […]