1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

| June 1, 2016

1 June 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn is crowned at Westminster Abbey

On 1st June 1533, Whit Sunday, Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was crowned queen at Westminster Abbey by Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury. The following text is a contemporary account from The noble tryumphaunt coronacyon of Quene Anne, wyfe unto the most noble kynge Henry VIII, a pamphlet printed by Wynkyn de Worde […]

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 31, 2016

31 May 1533 – A coronation procession for Queen Anne Boleyn

On this day in history, just under three years before her execution on 19th May 1536, a pregnant Queen Anne Boleyn was enjoying the celebrations surrounding her coronation, which was scheduled to take place on 1st June 1533 at Westminster Abbey. On 31st May 1533, her coronation procession took place, with the queen processing through […]

30 May 1533 – 18 men created Knights of the Bath

| May 30, 2016

30 May 1533 – 18 men created Knights of the Bath

On the night of 30th/31st May 1533, as part of the celebrations for Queen Anne Boleyn’s coronation, which was scheduled for 1st June, eighteen men were created Knights of the Bath. Chronicler Edward Hall records: “On Friday at dinner served the king all such as were appointed by his highness to be knights of the […]

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

| May 29, 2016

29 May 1533 – A coronation river pageant for Queen Anne Boleyn

On Thursday 29 May 1533, two days after the marriage of King Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn had been proclaimed valid by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer, the celebrations for Anne’s coronation began in earnest. The four days of celebrations kicked off with a river procession, or pageant, down the River Thames from Billingsgate to Greenwich […]

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

| May 10, 2016

10 May 1533 – Opening of the Dunstable Court

Yes, for this “on this day in history” post we are taking a break from the 1536 countdown of Anne Boleyn’s fall to go back to 1533, the year that Anne Boleyn was crowned queen. On 5th April 1533, Convocation gave its ruling on Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon, stating that the Pope […]

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. […]