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 […]

George Boleyn and the Admiral of France – November 1534

| November 11, 2015

George Boleyn and the Admiral of France – November 1534

On 11th November 1534, Philippe de Chabot, Seigneur De Brion and Admiral of France, landed on English soil. The purpose of the diplomatic mission he was leading was to renew Anglo-French relations. As Clare Cherry and I point out in our biography of George Boleyn, England had become “more and more isolated from her European […]

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

| September 7, 2015

7 September 1533 – Queen Anne Boleyn gives birth to a daughter

On 7th September 1533, at three o’clock in the afternoon and less than two weeks after she had taken to her chamber, Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn, gave birth to her first child at Greenwich Palace (Palace of Placentia). The baby was a daughter and was “a beautiful infant with natural coloring […] beautiful […]

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 […]