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 […]

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

| May 26, 2015

26 May 1536 – Mary asks for Cromwell’s help

On 26th May 1536, one week after her stepmother’s execution, Henry VIII’s daughter Mary wrote to Thomas Cromwell asking him to intercede with her father on her behalf. It appears that Mary held Anne Boleyn responsible for her ill-treatment and the breach in her relationship with her father, and is hopeful that Cromwell can help […]

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

| May 23, 2015

23 May 1533 – The annulment of Henry VIII’s marriage to Catherine of Aragon

Now we’re leaving the “bloody days” of 1536 and going back in time to 1533 when Anne Boleyn was queen consort and waiting to be crowned. On 23rd May 1533, Archbishop Thomas Cranmer declared that Henry VIII’s marriage to his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, had been annulled: “My lord of Canterbury gave sentence this […]

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

| April 18, 2015

18 April 1536 – Chapuys does Anne Boleyn “reverence”

On 18th April 1536, just a month and a day before Anne Boleyn’s execution, Eustace Chapuys, the imperial ambassador was manoeuvred into a position which forced him to encounter Anne Boleyn and bow to her, recognising her as queen. We know from Chapuys’ report to Charles V that he had refused the offer of visiting […]